Parma 2020 launches with a three-day event including exhibitions, concerts and theatre performances.

Saturday 11 January

After the opening of the We, food and our planet exhibition, hosted by the Barilla Foundation, a large parade dedicated to the ‘words of culture’ will travel through Parma’s old town, welcoming guests from cities throughout Italy. The procession will start at the Ducal Park at 16.30 and will travel along Via D'Azeglio to Piazza Garibaldi, where the mayor will greet the participants at 17.30 and launch the Parma 2020 jingle. The procession will end with a series of light projections and readings, as well as poetry and music performances dedicated to the city.

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Sunday 12 January

During the day, the focus will be firmly on literature with author meet-and-greets and On the Culture Line: Stop for everyone, a series of initiatives that will reach every corner of the city, from its hospitals, to the prison and even its smallest neighbourhoods. In the afternoon, the institutional opening ceremony will take place at the Teatro Regio in the presence of Sergio Mattarella, President of the Italian Republic, and will continue with the official opening of the Time Machine exhibition at the Palazzo del Governatore.

Monday 13 January

On its Patron Saint’s Day, which celebrates Sant'Ilario, Parma’s museums and artistic locations will be transformed into a stage for extraordinary narratives combining storytelling and poetry, thanks to a series of book presentations and concerts taking place throughout the ‘golden city ’. At 11.00, the city’s traditional Sant'Ilario ceremony will take place at the Teatro Regio. The afternoon will then begin with the Parma is the Gazzetta exhibition at Palazzo Pigorini, and will end with holy mass at the cathedral, followed by concerts and a light show.

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