Year of Italy – Anno d’Italia

Italia-Belgio : Una storia in comune

The year 2023-2024 will be placed under the sign of Italy at UMONS. Indeed, after having dedicated the year 2014-2015 to France and the year 2019-2020 to Germany, UMONS will put Italy in the spotlight throughout the academic year, in collaboration with the Italian Embassy, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the City of Mons, as well as various cultural actors in the Province of Hainaut.

The objective pursued by this initiative is on the one hand to strengthen existing partnerships and contacts and to allow new academic, scientific and cultural exchanges to develop, but also to highlight the deep and lasting relations which unite Italy and Belgium, particularly in the Province of Hainaut.

On this occasion, UMONS is offering numerous events, both scientific and cultural, which will run from September 2023 to June 2024.


Here is the calendar of events, which will be updated throughout the year.

20/09/2023       Italy in comics – meeting with the author Colella  (

12/10/2023       Opening ceremony of the Year of Italy

11/10/2023       International Mobility Days: focus on Italy and invitation of Italian delegations.

08/11/2023       presentation of Paul Magnette on Pasolini as a prelude to the MARS show (6 to 7 p.m.) 07/

November 13 to 18, 2024           Italian week in the cities and gastronomic activities in the city

21/11/2023        Discovering the Benedictine Monastery of Catania- Virtual guided tour

30/11/2023       Conference on ‘fair trade’ at the FWEG Faculty of Economy with a Sicilian importer

30/11/2023       film debate on ‘Dallo zolfo al carbone’ by Luca Vullo on the Bois-du-Luc

02/12/2023       Procession of Saint Barbara on the Bois-du-Luc site

03/12/2023       Screening of the film ‘Interdit aux chiens et aux Italiens’ for children from associations on the Bois-du-Luc site

5/12/2023         ‘Bella Ciao’ film club on the Bois-du-Luc site

7/12/20223        A night with Vivaldi at the Belian Chapel.

12/12/2023       Italian music concert by the UMONS Students and Staff Band

24 to 26-01-2024            “Migration” conference organized by the Soci&ter institute

13/02/2024        Meeting with Vera Gheno – Love for the Italian language

15/02/2023       Cinema debate ‘Par-delà Lampedusa’/’Fuoccoamare’

27/02/2024        Conference ‘le droit Romain dans Dante’

14-03-23            Workshop and one man show on gestuality with Luca Vullo

March 2024       Honoring Italy during the Coupe du Mons (exhibition match, special guests, etc.)

March 2024       Presence of Italian companies during UMONS Career days

19-21 March 2024          Invitation of Italian universities during the FPMs mobility forum

03/26/2024       Researchers’ Tuesday (Mardi Des Chercheurs) and plenary lectures by Italian scientists

March 30 and 31, 2024               guided tours, classical concert and theatrical performance on the Bois-du-Luc site. Play ‘in the Kitchen’ on Saturday 30 at 7 p.m., Concert by the ‘Unorthodox’ quartet on March 31 at 6 p.m.

Starting on April 19th      exhibition ‘the art of Italians from Belgium’ in Mons in collaboration with the BAM

Spring 2024       photo exhibition in Charleroi in collaboration with the photography museum (to be confirmed)

May 15 to 17, 2024        conference on the reception of Dante in Belgium

June 2024          Closing ceremony of the year of Italy


Throughout the year: special conference program ‘Year of Italy’ organized by MUMONS and virtual exhibitions in collaboration with the University of Catania.