The city seal
PRESENTATION OF THE CITY SEAL TO ANITA DESAI
with the participation of the Mayor of Pordenone, Sergio Bolzonello,
the Indian Ambassador to Italy, Rajiv Dogra, and Anita Desai
WORDS AND IMAGES FOR ANITA DESAI
awards ceremony for the students winning the competition
The Mayor of the municipality of Pordenone, Sergio Bolzonello, in the presence of the Ambassador of India in Italy, H.E. Rajiv Dogra, will deliver, during an official ceremony that will be held in the council hall of the City Hall, the City Seal to Anita Desai.
This prestigious acknowledgement is bestowed “to people who highly honour the awareness of social issues, culture and politics”. The Seal conferred on Anita Desai will pay tribute not only to the great writer, but also to the person committed to dialogue and the affirmation of fundamental values such as peace, freedom, justice and equality.
Before Anita Desai other international protagonists of Dedica were presented with the City Seal: Amin Maalouf, Vassilis Vassilikos, Assja Djebar and Paco Ignacio Taibo II.
At the end of the ceremony, attention will be given and prizes awarded to the works carried out by students within the Words and images for Anita Desai project, concurrent with the festival and addressed to secondary school students.
The City Seal
The City Seal represents a door, with two golden crowns overhanging it, wide open onto the river Noncello. The door symbolizes the importance of the town as a river port, that allowed easy connection and commerce with Venice and the Adriatic Sea, while the two golden crowns testify the town’s full judicial power. The door open onto the river nowadays has become the symbol of a town open to learning and cultural exchanges, in the sign of respect, tolerance and curiosity that should drive every citizen towards the discovery of “the other”.
Friday 17 March, 11:00
Municipal Town Hall