An American Festival in the Italy of the "economic miracle". The First Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds and the American cultural diplomacy

Author/s Maurizio Zinni
Publishing Year 2021 Issue 2020/2-3 Language Italian
Pages 21 P. 65-85 File size 319 KB
DOI 10.3280/MON2020-002004
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The first Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in 1958 was one of the most important ar-tistic and cultural events held in Italy after the war. It was also an expression of Ameri-can cultural diplomacy in Europe during the peaceful coexistence. Big Foundations and American government’s funds made possible the organization of the Festival. The aim of this public-private network was to spread American culture in Cold War Europe. Gian Carlo Menotti, founder of the Festival, and the artists of the first edition were pro-tagonists of American public diplomacy during the Fifties. At the same time, some local Italian actors used the Festival to reach economic and political goals. In this way, the Festival was a success both for American propaganda in Italy and for the Communist administration of the city, which obtained from it an important source of revenue.

Keywords: Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, Big Foundations, State Department, United States In-formation Service, American cultural diplomacy, Gian Carlo Menotti

Maurizio Zinni, Un festival americano nell’Italia del "miracolo". Il primo Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto e la diplomazia culturale americana in "MONDO CONTEMPORANEO" 2-3/2020, pp 65-85, DOI: 10.3280/MON2020-002004