The celebrations of World Food Day at Expo Milano 2015 will open on 25 October with the Food Moves the World concert. The Auditorium stage will see performances by the No Hunger Orchestra, Fronteras Musicales Abiertas and Giovanni Allevi starting from 20:00 hrs. Organized by the Italian Cooperation for Development and the European Union’s humanitarian aid and civil protection department (ECHO), the concert offers an occasion to bring the Expo’s public into contact with the challenge of eliminating hunger and poverty.
These same topics will be at the centre of the World Food Day ceremony on 16 October, where the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, the FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, and the Italian Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Agriculture, Paolo Gentiloni and Maurizio Martina.
The official ceremony commemorates the 70th anniversary of FAO and will be dedicated to the theme of this day, “Social protection and agriculture: breaking the cycle of rural poverty”, and how this is linked to the UN’s theme for Expo 2015, “the Zero Hunger Challenge • United for a sustainable world”.
The No Hunger Orchestra is a 6 man band that plays instruments made of non-edible parts of food created by the European Commission and the NGO Action Against Hunger in 2013 to raise awareness of the fight against undernutrition.
Fronteras Musicales Abiertas is a high-level training project for young musicians that originate from the regions surrounding the Paranà river, from Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. This transfrontier cultural program is promoted by the Italian Istituto Italo-Latino Americano (IILA) and the Centro Studi di Politica Internazionale (CeSPI), in collaboration with the Università Cattolica - Sub-sedile San Ignacio Guazú. FMA is an integral part of the Italian Cooperation project “Open Borders” and is supported by the Paraguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The evening will conclude with a concert by the soloist pianist and composer Giovanni Allevi, and throughout the evening brief videos dedicated to the importance and significance of the recently approved development Agenda.