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

January to June 2024                     Conference series from SEI on It-FR literary translation and the jobs of translation.

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

06/02/24                                          Conference « Regards croisés et vécus sur l’immigration italienne en Belgique» à Charleroi avec C. Conti, J. Pagano et M. Picinelli

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

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

11/03/2024                                       Public conference ‘Taranto : entre histoire et innovation’

11/03/24                                           Movie showing at Plaza art : Stranizza d’Amuri, in collaboration with the Love International Film Festival

13/03/2024                                      Presence of ITA, the Italian Trade Agency during the UMONS Career days.

13/03 to 24/04/2024                        Italian classes for young children at Maison Losseau (on Wednesdays PM)

14/03/23                                          Workshop and one man show on Italian Gestuality and non-verbal communication with Luca Vullo

15/03/2024                                       Movie showing ‘Mia’ in collaboration with the Love International Film Festival, at IMAGIX Mons

17 to 21 March 2024                        Presence of teams from the Univeristy of Catania for the ‘Coupe du Mons’.

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

30 and 31/03/2024                          Guided tours of the Bois-du Luc site with the theme of Italian immigration (Saturday and Sunday),

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.

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

17 May to 30 June, 2024                Photo exhibition in Charleroi ‘Italians in Wallonia’ in collaboration with the photography museum

17 May to 29 November, 2024       Exhibition in collaboration with the Unesco team of the city of Mons in the St Calixte chapel and the Belfry.

21/05/2024                                    Closing Karaoke 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.