Paraguay Turns 200 & Celebrates It With a Culture Week in Rome!

Paraguay Turns 200 & Celebrates It With a Culture Week in Rome!

If in Italy we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of our Unification in another, smaller country, Paraguay, they’ve already topped 200 years of national independence! And our Paraguayan friends decided to share their joy for this major achievement with Romans, expats and travelers who happen to be in the Eternal City this week for six days of Paraguayan culture happenings at the Italo-Latin American institute – IILA – and at the Spanish Culture Institute Cervantes.


At IILA’s Parioli base, in via Giovanni Paisiello 24, 16 Paraguayan painters are displaying their artworks in a collective exhibition on the places, history and traditions of the country’s memory and identity.

Today at 5pm the Cervantes Institute exhibition hall of Piazza Navona 91 inaugurates the exposition “Postcards from the bicentennial 1811-2011,” by the painter Sebastian Diaz.

Tomorrow at 5:30pm “Dream in the Forest”, free concert dedicated to the paraguayan composer Agustin Pio Barrios “Mangorè” by the guitar player Stefano Mingo at IILA.

On May 13 at 6pm, “Thunder among the Leaves” concert/reading of the Paraguayan writer Augusto Roa Bastos’ tales at Cervantes-Navona.

The Spanish Institute’s downtown base will show the best short movies of the past 20 years from 7pm on Saturday and Sunday.