IFOTES 2019, the events open to citizens
Udine will host the new edition of the IFOTES international congress, and for the occasion the city will host a thousand people to participate in the event of the International Federation of helplines. The city of Udine will therefore become a meeting place for experts, volunteers and scholars from 20 countries, who will discuss the issue of loneliness.
The international congress will see seven plenary sessions, 20 parallel sessions, 92 workshops, 56 speakers and 75 trainers from all over Europe. The meetings, therefore, will be held in four different languages and in part will be translated. An event, organized by IFOTES and ARTESS together with the Municipality of Udine - project O.M.S. ‘Healthy City’, which is not born to isolate itself inside, but which will be open to all interested parties, and above all it will give participants the opportunity to get to know Udine and its surroundings, its peculiarities, its flavors and its artistic jewels. It starts on 3rd July with the registration of the participants and with the opening ceremony which is scheduled for Thursday 4th July at 9 am at the Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine.
Meetings for citizens
Many of the meetings will be open to citizenship, and will take place: Thursday, July 4, from 11 to 12, at the Theater, Ines Testoni and Luz Cardenas will talk about the loneliness of the loss, from 16 to 17, always at the Theater, Marco Trabucchi and Matteo Balestrieri they will discuss solitude in old age. At the same time, but in Sala Valduga, in the Chamber of Commerce, Daniele Damele and Marco Giordani will talk about how loneliness is perceived and experienced. From 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm a series of local associations will talk about the many initiatives against the loneliness launched in Udine for the elderly. Every day there will be several appointments open to the public, which will alternate with sessions dedicated to professionals (the entire program is available on the site). Alongside the meetings, cultural initiatives are also planned such as exhibitions (at Palazzo Morpurgo, in the Galleria Modotti), screenings of films related to the theme of the Congress (in the Loris Fortuna Gardens), presentation of books and concerts. A series of installations is also planned in Piazza Libertà and under the Loggia del Lionello.