Tue, March 09, 2021
6:30 PM CET – 8:00 PM CET
Live Zoom Session
MASKS, MYSTIQUE & MASQUERADE!
Join special guest speakers Marialina Marcucci, the President of the Carnevale di Viareggio, Prince Maurice Agosti Montenaro Durazzo, Artistic Director of the International Association for the Carnevale di Venezia, and moderator Eric Nicholson, Lecturer of Liberal Studies at New York University, for an introduction to the fascinating and extravagant world of Italian Carnival!
This talk will bring together leading professionals from the world of Italian carnival to introduce the culture, history, organization and global impact of the world-renowned Carnevale di Viareggio and Carnevale di Venezia.
The aim is to enhance a global perception and cultural understanding of carnival and to provide special ‘behind-the-scenes’ insights on this unique Italian phenomenon.
In collaboration with NYU Global Café
PRESIDENT, FONDAZIONE CARNEVALE DI VIAREGGIO, MEDIA ENTREPRENEUR, EDITOR OF L'UNITA' AND EX VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE TUSCANY REGION
Marialina Marcucci embarked on her career by establishing one of the first privately owned television broadcasters in Italy, becoming a successful television entrepreneur before moving into politics, serving as Vice President of the Tuscany Regional Government, as well as being Regional Minister for Culture, Communications and Entertainment. She was President of the Board of the Italian national newspaper L’Unità and founded Fondazione Campus, an Italian foundation that promotes university activities in the areas of Tourism, Territory Management and Business. Marialina is a Member of the Board of Directors and Chief Communication Officer of Kedrion S.p.A., a leading company that produces and distributes human plasma-derived medicinal products used to treat and prevent rare and debilitating diseases and disorders and is a Board Member of the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation.
Prince Maurizio Agosti Montenaro Durazzo
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, ASSOCIAZIONE INTERNAZIONALE PER IL CARNEVALE DI VENEZIEA
Prince Maurizio Agosti Montenaro Durazzo descends from a distinguished Venetian-Neapolitan family and was one of the very few Italian aristocrats who received an invitation from Buckingham Palace to the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. He has forged a fascinating career as an actor, singer, performer and director collaborating with Daniel Ezraloy, David Parsons, Lindsay Kemp and performing with the Metropolitan Opera and performing the role of Cassanova for the opening of the Venice carnival and across the world including at the Institute for Italian Culture of Los Angeles and UCLA. He is the Master of Ceremony at Venice’s annual Ballo del Doge and plays a key role in many of the events during the Venice’s Carnival, Biennale of Architecture and Venice Film Festival.
LECTURER, LIBERAL STUDIES, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY FLORENCE
Eric Nicholson received his PhD in Renaissance Studies from Yale University (1991), and has performed in and directed numerous early modern plays, as well as published several articles in this same field. At NYU in Florence, he teaches courses on cultural history, early modern drama, and the performance of classic theatre.