The city seal
During an official ceremony, the Mayor of Pordenone, Claudio Pedrotti, presents the City Seal to Wole Soyinka.
This prestigious acknowledgement is bestowed “to people who highly honour the awareness of social issues, culture and politics”. Before Wole Soyinka other international protagonists of Dedica were presented with the City Seal: Amin Maalouf, Vassilis Vassilikos, Assja Djebar, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Anita Desai, Amos Oz, Nadine Gordimer, Paul Auster, Hans Magnus Enzensberger and Cees Nooteboom.
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 Wole Soyinka” project, addressed to secondary school students.
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 has nowadays 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”.
Monday 12 March, 11:00