The Director of the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto Giorgio Ferrara has just returned from Shanghai where he was invited to take part, as a speaker, at the 20th China Shanghai International Arts Festival Forum which took place from October18th to 22nd 2018.

The important international meeting, entitled "New Perspectives, New Consideration, New Generation: Arts and Culture in the 21st Century", focused on the role of the arts and culture in creating new aesthetic and moral values, but also new economic markets, in the era of globalization. A role that can draw great energy from the exchange, mutual knowledge and interaction between the different cultural heritages present in the whole world.

During the meeting, Giorgio Ferrara and Catherine J. Wang, President of the Shanghai Arts Festival, signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Cultural Cooperation on October 20th.which established the official start of the artistic collaboration between the China Shanghai International Arts Festival and the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto.

In addition to the exchange of shows, which the Festival has already undertaken with China, among the future projects the idea that stands out is a co-production of an opera based on a novel about the music of a Chinese composer by writer Mo Yan, and Nobel Prize winner for literature in 2012.

In his speech in Shanghai, Giorgio Ferrara, also exposed the ideas in the pipeline for the promotion of artistic collaboration among the 32 countries which take part in the project "Silk Road Arts Festival".
There is an idea by Robert Wilson, inspired by an emblematic historical event of over four centuries ago, that is, the creation in Beijing of the first complete and refined geographical map of the world - Kunyu Wanguo Quantu, the "map of the thousands of countries in the world", completed in 1602 thanks to the collaboration of the Italian Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci and Li Zhizao, geographer and cartographer of the Imperial Court. We are thinking of the production of a show which involves the collaboration between an artist and his international creative team with a group of Chinese artists, actors and musicians, created in Shanghai and then retracing the "silk roads" which cross the largest cities of Asia and Europe. It will reach Spoleto, a short distance from the city of Macerata where the Italian missionary and traveler Matteo Ricci was born and started his journey. Upon his grave in Beijing there is the Chinese name Li Madou.

Giving birth to this show in Shanghai today, like making that first world map in Beijing more than four centuries ago, could be a concrete way of sealing the collaboration between the Silk Road Arts Festival and the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, but it is also an invitation to collaborate, addressed to the many other festivals that one can meet today, retracing the ancient silk routes in a cross-cultural dialogue that involves "thousands of countries in the world".