On the 2nd of June the Italian Embassy celebrated the 77th Italian Republic Day and the 155th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Italy and Thailand. Given the importance of such events, the Italian Embassy decided on something slightly different from the past and chose to organize a special concert of the prestigious Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by the Italian Maestro Alfonso Scarano.
The event took place at Prince Mahidol Hall, a beautiful and perfect location for this important celebration, where an audience of over a thousand people had the chance to listen to many famous arias and traditional Italian songs, perfectly executed by the Maestro and his musicians.
The relevance of these anniversaries was also remarked by H.E Ambassador Paolo Dionisi during his welcoming speech. H.E. Paolo Dionisi underlined the strength and deepness of the diplomatic relations between Italy and Thailand. The relations between these countries, in fact, dates back to 1868, when the Kings of Thailand and Italy first signed a Treaty of Friendship and Commerce, the first of many acts and treaties that, over the years, have strengthened the bond between these Nations.
The roots of ties between Italy and Thailand also lie in significant milestones, such as the visit of His Majesty King Rama the ninth in Rome, who was welcomed in Italy with affection and friendship by the Italian Authorities and the Italian People, and the arrival of Carlo Feroci, better known as Silpa Bhirasri, in Thailand in 1924.
The Ambassador also mentioned what the Italian people celebrates on the 2nd of June and why it is such an important event; H.E thus stated how 77 years ago the Italian Republic was born, thanks to choice made by Italian men and women on the 2nd of June 1946, after the end of World War II. The resilience and courage shown by the Italians after the tragedies of the war have always characterized Italy, also in these days, when the beautiful Emilia Romagna was hit by terrible floods and many people lost their lives. The Ambassador thus took his time to express his vicinity and his sympathy towards all the people affected.
Resilience and strength are traits shared both by Thai and Italian people, also symbolizing the prosperous relationship between the two countries, as also mentioned by the Ambassador.
At the end of the concert, a reception was held in the foyer of the Hall, where the guests had the opportunity to taste authentic Italian food and beverage, kindly offered by the Italian restaurants and importers participating in the event.
The celebration at Prince Mahidol Hall served also as a way to showcase some of the most famous Italian products in the world: three Vespas scooters, Maserati and Lamborghini cars were in fact exposed during the reception.
The Italian food served in the foyer and the beautiful exhibition, made the University’s magnificent auditorium the ideal backdrop for this grand celebration.