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Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples

With a yearly average of over 800 thousand visitors, the Meeting in Rimini—which has taken place every year since 1980, in a week during late August—is the most frequented summer festival of encounters, culture events, music, and stage-shows in the world. Over the years there have been events, exhibitions, theatrical performances, and concerts of the highest caliber, as well as witnesses by historic personalities as: John Paul II, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Ionesco, Walesa, Testori, Congdon, Del Noce, Clement, Luzi, Guarducci, Andreotti, Muti, Rosen, Michelin, Giussani, Ratzinger, Tarkovsky, Bertone, Scola, Potok, Zeri, Nusseibeh, the Dalai Lama, and many others.

The Meeting aims at being always a place where the Christian faithcries out to the whole world the passion for man which characterizes it,” always in open encounter, in dialogue and acknowledging the value of human and artistic expressions coming from various cultures and traditions. In all these years it tried to respond to Pope John Paul II’s invitation that he made at the Meeting in 1982: “Build the civilization of truth and love without ever getting tired.” Apart from a small nucleus of people who work full time the whole year in its preparation, the Meeting is organized, set up, managed, and then dismantled by volunteer workers – more than four thousand – coming from Italy and abroad.

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