LivItaly is a programme of public events with the aim of:
- Showcasing, increasing awareness of, and raising interest in contemporary Italian culture in Leeds, Yorkshire, and the North of England;
- Acquainting Italian artists, intellectuals, and public figures with the lively cultural environment and community of Yorkshire and the North of England;
- Creating links between academic expertise in the field of contemporary Italian studies and the wider community, including local schools and colleges, as well as Italian groups in the local area;
- Bringing together diverse groups with a common interest in Italian culture: University students and staff at the University of Leeds, academics within Italian studies, experts in Italian contemporary culture, cultural operators, Italy-focused businesses, as well as the general public.
The project is coordinated by the section of Italian at the University of Leeds, in collaboration with international partners including universities, cultural institutions, and private associates.
It builds on previous literary and theatrical events held in Leeds, such as the successful series of encounters with Italian writers (Italian Writers in Leeds and Italian Writers in the UK and Ireland), and the staging of Mistero buffo, masterpiece by the Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo.
The events are either in English or in Italian with an English interpreter. Students of Italian and students of the Centre for Translation Studies at Leeds often help with interpreting and translation.