For eight out of ten Romans, cultural events in the suburbs are social and legal safeguards and for this reason they must be defended and valorised. This was revealed by the survey on cultural events in the city of Rome carried out for Confcommercio Rome in collaboration with Format Research, presented this morning at the headquarters of Casa Cinema Rome. According to the survey, obtained by conducting 1.500 interviews in the period between 19 October and 6 November, 81,4 percent of the capital's inhabitants see cultural initiatives as a tool for social protection. Furthermore, more than 57 of those interviewed believe that cultural events have a high impact on the city of Rome both from an economic and social point of view. The percentage, however, drops to 31,5 percent in reference to their own neighborhood. Among the various possible events, for 92,6 percent of Romans it is mainly national and international cinematographic events that constitute opportunities for relaunching the city of Rome. Followed by summer arenas (91,5 percent) and large theater events (91,4 percent). Although with a lower percentage value than the others, small peripheral theaters are also evaluated positively (87,2 percent).
“The survey confirms that the demand for cultural consumption is strong, widespread and growing in Rome, and that this is a city that is hungry for polycentrism, that wants cultural consumption to be available throughout the territory”, commented the president of the Confcommercio of Rome, Pier Andrea Chevallard. “As Confcommercio – he added – we are sensitive to the issue of the diffusion and growth of cultural enterprises, an enormous resource for the city's territory, and we have supported the awareness that cinema and theater are fundamental resources for the territory”. For the relaunch of the suburbs, added the president of the Culture and major events coordination of Confcommercio Rome, Valerio Toniolo, “spot events are not enough, but it is necessary to connect infrastructures and support services”. The survey also included in-depth focuses aimed exclusively at residents of the areas where some cultural events took place, namely: Corviale, Monteverde, Esquilino and Parco degli Acquedotti. “There is a need to push so that the areas are rich in services that are reachable and that fixed infrastructures can be created to host events,” concluded Toniolo.
The Roman councilor for Tourism also spoke about the diffusion of cultural events throughout the capital area, Alessandro Honorato, according to which “the cultural, artistic and sporting events distributed throughout the city are fundamental and will be a tool that we will use in the coming months to distribute tourist flows. Today we have tourism that has reached record levels, after the Covid period which generated economic dramas in Rome, but it is too concentrated in the centre". Even on the occasion of Christmas, concluded Onorato, "we will announce major events in the suburbs, which must have the same rights and possibility of participation as the citizens of the center of Rome. We are preparing 4 events which will take place in Ostia, Torre Maura, Piazza San Giovanni Bosco and Casal de' Pazzi. Great artists who will entertain during the Christmas period." This morning's event was also attended by the president of the Culture Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, Federico Mollicone, and the president of the Cinema per Roma Foundation, Gianluca Farinelli.