From June 6th to the 9th the IV annual, Cerealia. The Festival of Grains. Ceres and the Mediterranean returns. The cultural festival is devoted to the world of grains and organized by M.Th.I., ArcheoClub of Italy- district of Rome, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Italy, the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Cyprus, the National Board of the Cyprus Tourism Organization, the National Association of Cypriots in Italy NIMA. Among the patronage already granted by the Italian institutions, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Heritage, Culture and Tourism, the Lazio Region, the City of Rome and Milan Expo 2015. The festival is an international event with a special focus on the Mediterranean. In order to enhance cultural exchange, each year Cerealia is dedicated to a different country (previous years the featured countries were Egypt, Turkey and Greece). The dedication of 2014’s edition to Cyprus – which is celebrating its 10 years anniversary in the EU – want to illustrate which has always been the vocation of the island: “Island of Aphrodite” (goddess that Cerealia will specially celebrate this year), because many millennia before the arrival of the Greeks, its territory hosted the cult of a great Mediterranean deity, “Mother Earth”, who had identical characteristics in common with the Goddess of Love of the Hellenic peoples> (L. Godart, Cipro l’isola di Afrodite). Culture, environment, territory, society, economy, nutrition and tourism are the themes of the festival, presented through varied activities, such as round tables, meetings, performances, food tastings, guided tours, workshops for children and adults, and more. In Rome, the National Museum of Oriental Art at Palazzo Brancaccio, on June 6 hosts the opening ceremony of the festival in the presence of the diplomatic missions of Greece and Cyprus. On 6 and 7 June in the same museum are held lectures, workshops and tastings. At the Stadium of Domitian, June 7 takes place a “gluten-free” day in collaboration with AIC Lazio, with tastings and blind tests, seminars, workshops. On 7 and 8 June, the Farmer’s Market Campagna Amica at the Circus Maximus welcomes workshops, an exhibition on the Apulia peasant and videos; at the Farmer’s Market Capannelle, June 8 there is a workshop on sourdough. The Roman program ends June 9th at Auditorium of Maecenas, with a meeting on women in agriculture and a tribute to the two thousandth anniversary of Augustus. Like every year Cerealia does not stop at Rome: June 7 the association La Lestra of Tarquinia, in the Archaeological Area of Tarquinia, presents a varied program of meetings, workshops, tastings and performances. Also on June 7 in Ariccia, it’s repeated the workshop on sourdough organized by the Associazione Consorzio Km0. Thanks to the partnership with the Ides Adrianensi Tivoli (Sept. 2014 ), an event will take place on June 8 in the archaeological area of Villa Adriana (Tivoli) . Cerealia this year then also reaches the north of Italy: in Altino (VE), between May and June are scheduled cultural events, food tastings and guided tours. Cerealia’s promoters and partners, through a project that enhances the rediscovery of local cultural heritage, intend to safeguard the value of land and indigenous culture. Cerealia wants to rebuilt the chain of value between the farmer and the consumer’s table; reviving old customs and traditions based on respect for the earth and its bounty. The goal is to create a virtuous chain, which can contribute to a culture of shared experience for citizens, while maintaining those things that have attracted tourists to Italy for many years: the culture, landscape and gastronomy of the Italian countryside. Cerealia then, more than ever is an event that aims to enhance sustainable choices, organic and local products. The promoters of the festival would like to thank the sponsors, organizational and technical partners and all the institutions and organizations that have joined Cerealia.