The German-Italian Culture Association in Venice was established in 1971 by the German Consulate General Milan and the Honorary Consulate in Venice with the participation of the local Chamber of Commerce.

Ever since its foundation the ACIT has set itself the task of deepening the relations between Italy and German speaking countries, especially the Federal Republic of Germany, and spreading the German culture and language.

Within a short time numerous European institutions entrusted the ACIT with the organization of musical and artistic events: the festival Frescobaldi and his Era, Wagner in Venice (1983), Goethe’s Italian Journey (1986), Europe for Monteverdi (1993), Albrecht Dürer 500 Years after his Sojourn in Venice (1995) and the 300th Anniversary of J. A. Hasse (1999).

The ACIT has for years been organizing important music festivals, such as Treffpunkt: Venedig (Meeting Point: Venice), Incontri Musicali a Venezia (Musical Encounters in Venice) and Venezia d’Inverno (Venice in Winter), as well as exhibitions and events in association with the Biennale del Cinema e delle Arti Visive.

Ms. Prof. Nevia Pizzul-Capello, the president of the ACIT, has been head of the association and its heart and soul for 40 years. For her passionate commitment she has been awarded with the Federal Cross of Merit with ribbon (1986) by Federal President Richard von Weizsäcker and the Federal Cross of Merit First Class (2001) by Federal President Johannes Rau.

Prof. Nevia Pizzul-Capello was president of the “National Federation of German-Italian Culture Associations and Instituts” in Italy for five years. Furthermore she was engaged by the Federation DIG e. V. and the members of the “Italian Federation” to organize the German-Italian Culture Meeting (Kulturbörse) in Venice where representatives of 60 German and 30 Italian towns met in the lagoon city.

The ACIT is an Examination Centre of the Goethe-Institut, which is headquartered in Rome and Munich. It is also an European Certification Centre for the German language and sends its examiners directly to the public schools in the Province of Venice, to Treviso, Belluno, San Donà di Piave and the villages along the river Brenta.

Posted September 30, 2011 by diegomantoan

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