Diego Marani is a cultural policy coordinator in charge of cultural diplomacy at the European External Action Service. He has a long experience of public service in the EU institutions, having worked in the European Commission's DG Culture in charge of Multilingualism as well as an adviser on European affairs to the Italian Minister of Culture. He is an award-winning writer and a columnist, whose work has been translated into several languages. He is the inventor of the mock-language Europanto in which, he wrote and published books and articles in different European media.
His most famous novel, New Finnish Grammar (Nuova grammatica finlandese), has been translated into several languages and has received the Grinzane Cavour literary prize in Italy. His other novels include Las Adventures des Inspector Cabillot (1998, written in Europanto), L'ultimo dei Vostiach (Premio Campiello, Selezione Giurati) (The Last of the Vostiaks), L'interprete, Il Compagno di scuola, and Enciclopedia tresigallese.
Lecture description at Play Media Day 04:
The EU's approach to culture and the ongoing process of development and adoption of EU-Western Balkans cultural relations strategy in line with the EU Strategy for International Cultural Relations, development and design of a window for Creative Europe programme for the Western Balkans, the development and design of regional programmes on Culture and Creativity in the Western Balkans; Culture as a way to promote growth and youth, culture as a driver to social cohesion and reconciliation, culture as a tool for open and critical thinking.