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For the whole of the duration of Expo (1 May – 31 October) there will be numerous activities in the Italian Pavilion which will contribute to illustrate the philosophy behind our participation in the exhibition.

The agenda of events which will take place, not only in our pavilion but also in other areas inside the Exhibition Park and generally in the city of Shanghai, will be published in 2010.

Art Exhibitions - Commissariato Italiano Esposizione Universale di Shanghai 2010

August, 6th: special tribute to Matteo Ricci, a Jesuit in the Kingdom of the dragon

Friday, august 6th, 2 pm: showing of "Matteo Ricci, a Jesuit in the Kingdom of the dragon", documentary dedicated to Matteo Ricci and produced by the italian, native to Kosovo, film  director Gjon Kolndrekaj

This year we commemorate the four hundred years since the death of Matteo Ricci, Jesuit missionary in China, and one of the greatest evangelists of this country, who opened the way for the inculturation of the Christian message and gave impetus to the dialogue between East and West.

In the context of these celebrations was made a documentary titled "Matteo Ricci, a Jesuit in the Kingdom of the Dragon" was made which tells the life of this missionary in the land of the Rising Sun. The 60-minute film was shot entirely in Italy and China and enjoys the patronage of the General Curia of the Jesuits and the Diocese of Macerata, where Matteo Ricci was born.

Gjon Kolndrekaj, as the documentary filmmaker, was the first ever to be allowed free entrance by the Chinese government to film in places like the Forbidden City. Kolndrejak shared what struck him about the figure of Matteo Ricci: 
Kolndrekaj: "Because he fascinated me as a figure….. First as a man, and then as a man of faith. This awareness and knowledge that he wanted to convey of the greatness that all us people of goodwill can reach."

Kolndrekaj: "He brought our faith as a witness to a people who knew nothing of this faith, but he also made that race known to Europe. This is an extraordinary thing because it means that he went on to create an intercommunication through to their logical capacities. Therefore I believe that such a character will be remembered in future generations."