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BRIDGE'S BACKGROUND

Brooklyn, New York, October 13th
Flavia Pankiewicz, editor of Bridge Apulia USA, receives a plaque from the editor of L'Idea, Leonardo Campanile, as a memento of the presentation of the first issue, held for the "Pugliesi d'America"

 

The magazine

      Bridge Apulia USA is an annual magazine published in English between 1996 and 2004 to promote the image of Apulia in the United States.

       Created and edited by journalist Flavia Pankiewicz, Bridge focuses on the peculiarities of the Apulian territory and its artistic and cultural heritage, food, handicraft, wine and gastronomy. A whole section of the magazine is dedicated to the Italian-American world as well as to aspects of living in the U.S. uk rolex replica in general and New York in particular. The articles are written by regional experts and renowned Apulian and National journalists, as well as by famous figures of the New York academic and literary scene. The magazine also collaborates with professional photographers.

 

The events

       Aside from magazine publication, our association has organized Bridge-related cultural events aimed to promote the image of Italy in the United States as well as the relationship between Italy and the U.S.

       Between 1996 and 2004, Bridge hosted some 40 events dedicated to Apulia in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia, winning an unexpectedly large, yet highly selected audience - not an easy task considering the highly dynamic scenario of the American press. The Bridge association also held meetings with the main Apulian-American associations of the aforementioned cities and with numerous other Italian-American associations.

       Among the prestigious venues that hosted our events (conferences, exhibits, “Bridge Personality of the Year” award ceremony, etc.) are: the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, Italian General Consulate of New York, State University of New York, City University of New York, Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò of New York University, Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, Loyola University of Chicago.

 

The distribution

       In the United States, Bridge has been distributed for free during the events and sent to opinion leaders in the following States: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington.

       Issue n. 9, had a run of 10,000 copies and was, for the first time, written in both English and Italian. It was successfully sold at every newsstand in Apulia and Basilicata in conjunction with La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno.

 

Bridge Personality of the Year” Award

      In the Unites States with every edition of Bridge, a “Bridge Personality of the Year” Award has been given in partnership with the Apulian Council President. During an evening ceremony, the chosen candidate is introduced to the audience with a biography and, upon an explanatory presentation, awarded with a silver plate.

       This award has been given to Italian-Americans from Apulia who have achieved prestigious recognition or are renowned for ethical and philanthropic talents. Many famous Americans are well-known for having Italian roots, but rarely is their regional origin revealed. Awarding Italian-Americans with the “Bridge Personality of the Year” reveals their roots making them into authoritative representatives of the  Apulia Region in the Unites States.

       Among those who have received this award are: Joseph Tusiani, poet and humanist of international fame, New York Court of Appeal Judge Joseph Bellacosa, the soprano Licia Albanese, the New York Grand Opera conductor, Maestro Vincent La Selva, politician Andrew Spano, former Head of Westchester County, a role comparable to our Regional President.

       The Award ceremonies have been held at prestigious venues in the presence of the Italian General Consul of New York, official Representatives of the Apulia Region, and famous American, Italian and Italian-American personalities.