Over 100 projects and 500 initiatives in the most important thematic areas of culture, welfare, innovation, sustainability and tourism. With the aim of changing a territory through culture: Bergamo and Brescia, the Italian capitals of culture in 2023, tell each other in a year that aims to be the beginning of a social, industrial and urban project. A civil project, born of the communities, which has culture at its center: arts, sciences, monuments and archeology, palaces, landscapes, itineraries, tastings, but also services, social and educational projects, remedies for vulnerability and social marginalization. Italian Capital of Culture 2023 will be declined in a program of 100 projects and 500 initiatives that will take shape during the year for the initiative of realities in the Bergamo and Brescia area that have networked and designed together, such as foundations, associations, public bodies, businesses and universities. Among these, over 90 projects financed for 3.5 million euros by the Cariplo Foundation together with the Community Foundations of Bergamo and Brescia for the cultural promotion of local realities. Read also The two cities, said the mayor of Brescia, Emilio Del Bono, “were united by a dramatic period of suffering and fear, that of Covid, which made us understand the importance of exchanging information and giving common addresses. The pandemic brought us closer and united us. When we began to see a way out, we had the idea of a joint candidacy, a very strong signal to the country “. So much so that the mayors of other Municipalities who wanted to run for the capital of Culture said they were not running, a good sign of unity and of a country that knows how to row in the same direction. “” We tried to naturally converge in the frame of the capital of Culture the policies we had previously initiated “, explained the mayor of Bergamo, Giorgio Gori.” When, for example, we found ourselves thinking about one of the quadrants that we wanted to indicate as relevant within the project, that of the relationship between city and nature, it was natural for Brescia to value the choices regarding the reclamation of important former industrial areas and for Bergamo the urban regeneration processes and the adhesion to the European Commission’s project for accelerated reduction of emissions “. In Bergamo, he added, “there is a lot of excitement and the results will be seen”. Giovanni Fosti, president of the Cariplo Foundation, stressed that “the f act of a capital of culture that concerns two cities, which have clearly understood that, while remaining distinct subjects, they have the advantages of working together. The world of foundations has screwed up collaborative paths in this direction, because institutions that work together can bring home much more to their territories than those who work on their own. “For the three-year period 2021-2023 the two municipalities have planned investments of 158 million euros, for the benefit of infrastructural interventions to make them more welcoming and sustainable cities. Connection paths have been launched between Bergamo and Brescia for new models of sustainable tourism and for the enhancement of the historical and artistic heritage, including a pedestrian, the ‘Via delle due sorelle’, and a 75-kilometer cycle path that will connect the Unesco routes present in the two cities, 800 assets of historical and cultural interest and three regional parks.The calendar of events will start with an inaugural ceremony on 20 , January 21 and 22, 2023, articulated on the two cities. At a short distance, again on both cities, the Festival of Lights, or organized by A2A: Brescia between 10 and 19 February and Bergamo between 17 and 26 February will become open-air art galleries, also due to the presence of national and international artists. Starting from the first months of the year Gamec, the Accademia Carrara and the Museum of the Stories of Bergamo, as well as the places managed by the Brescia Museums Foundation and Palazzo Martinengo in Brescia, will welcome visitors with exhibitions in the 2023 schedule. inauguration of the New Museum of the Risorgimento in the Castle of Brescia Bergamo and Brescia have worked together to enhance and share with the general public the experiences of historical events that have recorded growing success and which in 2023 will present special editions. From Brescia the Mille Miglia, the Opera Festival of the Teatro Grande and the Music Festival. From Bergamo the Donizetti Opera Festival, the Donizetti Night and the Bergamo Film Meeting. Other events will involve both cities: the International Piano Festival of Brescia and Bergamo which for 60 years has united the two realities, the City of Jazz project, curated by the Donizetti Theater Foundation and the Teatro Grande Foundation, which includes Bergamo Jazz and La Grande Notte del Jazz from Brescia, the Take Off ensembles from Brescia and Panorchestra from Bergamo. The world of music and theater concert and theater seasons in the main theaters of Bergamo, the Donizetti Theater and Ttb – Teatro Tascabile Bergamo, and Brescia, the Teatro Grande and Ctb – Centro Teatrale Bresciano, with new opera productions by great composers such as Gaetano Donizetti and Giacomo Puccini, and theatrical productions dedicated to Italo Calvino. The events will come out from the closed places of the theaters to reach the urban spaces of social life, such as squares, stations, neighborhoods and suburbs, on an itinerant basis.