Roots and wings. “Palermo in the world, the world in Palermo.”
The subtitle of the new site “Palermo World” explains the spirit that animates the action of my City council, that animates my entire life, always creating relationships between Palermo and the world, the world and Palermo.
We, Palermitani, foolishly and harmfully, consider ourselves and our city the center of the world. And, as a result, in the last decade, we put ourselves out of the world.
We have to look at the world and communicate with the world when we are in Palermo; we have to watch Palermo and dialogue with the people of Palermo when we are in world. This is the antidote to this vice.
Palermo has always been a mosaic of tiles of different sizes and color, a global and globalized city, ever since the world was the Mediterranean and Palermo was the capital of Mediterranean. Once Palermo was a city of many cultures. Now Palermo wants to be back the city where foreign languages are not foreign, but home languages, the city where the dialect of Palermo mixes with the Arabic, the French, the Spanish, the Russian, the German languages, as well as Arabs, French, Spanish, Russians and Germans, and many others, feel home.
Our job is to make Palermo a city where tourists feel welcomed, as long as Palermo is back to being cozy and livable for everyone, even for Palermitani. It’ a big challenge, because in the recent years Palermo was almost losing its relationships with the world, closing in itself, living in sloppiness and arrogance.
Today we have so many signs that the turnaround is possible, it is in place; we restarted to dialog with people, citizens, representatives of foreign institutional as well, who live in Palermo, or have interests in Palermo.
We also trust in “Palermo World” to keep the dialog alive and strong, to join identity and world, roots and wings. “