Press release Cerealia 2015

Music Theatre International (M.Th.I.), Archeoclub of Italy district of Rome

in collaboration with

the Embassy of The Republic of Croatia in Italy, the National Board of the Croatia Tourism Organization

 CEREALIA. THE FESTIVAL OF GRAINS. CERES AND THE MEDITERRANEAN

V EDITION (June 9 to 12, 2014)

From June 9th to the 12th the V annual, Cerealia. The Festival of Grains. Ceres and the Mediterraneanreturns. 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 Croatia in Italy and theNational Board of the Croatia Tourism Organization. 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 TourismExpo Milano 2015 and Expo Lazio 2015Cerealia received the “EFFE Label 2015/2016” (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe).

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, Greece, Cyprus).

The main topic of this year festival is “the woman and grains: the seeds of life”.

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.

Cerealia is a festival throughout the territory and the 2015 edition is articulated with initiatives in anticipation of the program starting from May 30; activities are presented in several museums and archaeological sites in Rome, including Capo di Bove, the Ara Pacis Augustae (June 9, for the official opening ceremony), the Museum of Porta S. Paolo and the archeological site of the Pyramid Caius Cestius, the ruins of Ostia Antica. Restaurants also host activities such as Chinappi, Pasta Asciutta, Bibliothè and OneDayChef; training institutions such as the Gustolab International Institute for Food Studies and the CTS Study Center. Other events will take place at the Farmer’s Market of Campagna Amica at Circus Maximus, at the Farmer’s Market Capannelle, Domus Romana and Theatre SalaUno.

Rich is the program dedicated to Croatia with two important exhibitions, seminars, concerts, book presentations and video, workshops and tastings of traditional cuisine. The long list of events is also enrich by activities devoted to the main course of Italian cuisine: pasta; but attention is also given to rice, corn and minor cereals. In the lineup for the first time, workshops for agronomists, journalists and communicators. 2015 sees the renewed partnership with the Gustolab International Institute for Food Studies and a new partnership with two other masters: in Cultural and Gastronomy Tourism held by the CTS Study Center and in Culture of Gastronomy and Food Traditions by BAICR Cultura delle Relazioni, in agreement with the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

46 events which, as in past years, involve Rome and other cities of Lazio (Artena, May 31; Ariccia June 6; Tarquinia, June 9-10-11), Calabria (Vibo Valentia, June 9/12), Veneto (Altino), Umbria (Gualdo Cattaneo, June 21), Puglia (Bovino, May 16; Minervino Murge, September 18/20).

In the year of Expo, 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. Quality of life becomes for Cerealia the central point on which focalize sustainable choices concerning the world of organic and local production of quality.

Cerealia 2015 also features two special dedications: to the International Year of Soils FAO (the day of September 26, at the Pyramid of Caius Cestius) and – together with the Farmer’s Market Castelli Romani and Capannelle – to the miller Silvio Paoselli, who sacrificed his lives to defend his mill and dignity.

press office: Tiziana Briguglio – 333/5245430