Twinning - wanting to be formal - is a symbolic link between two communities, aimed at developing close relations of friendship in the cultural field. But also historical, political and economic. Gorizia has twinned with four cities: Grosseto (in 1981), Sassari (in 1983), Klagenfurt, in Carinthia (in 1965) and Lienz in Ost Tirol (in 1997). 

As far as Grosseto is concerned, the reasons for the link elude us, but we do not doubt their importance. With Sassari, the relationship is inspired by historical movements linked to the Great War and the presence in our city of the brigade of the same name. 

The bond with the other two cities seems to us, however, more important. Also because the twinning with Klagenfurt was parallel to that with Nova Gorica and was the result of a long "diplomatic" preparation of the leaders of the three cities assisted by the respective nations, which gave proof of great politic foresight. It was one of the reasons why the two cities returned to dialogue in the middle of the Cold War, laying the foundations for what would become "Europe's Most Open Frontier". 

The most recent is the one with Lienz, which was ratified by Mayor Valenti (Gorizia) and Burgomaster (Mayor) Helga Machne in 1997 (Lienz). This last twinning is motivated by distant and deep historical roots: being the two towns con-capital of the medieval County of Gorizia. The legacy is still alive in the beautiful Austrian town, where - who writes is the witness of it, having visited it recently - there is still a lot of Gorizia: in the culture and feelings of the people. This is also symbolically attested to by Leonardo, the last Count of Gorizia, buried in Lienz under a precious red stone cenotaph. There would be many relationships to develop between the two cities, not only for some sporadic events but, for example, for the setting up of some mutually satisfying exhibitions. The beautiful castle of Lienz (in the photo) hosts a permanent exhibition by Albin Egger-Lienz (some works below), an interesting artist who joined the Viennese Secession and was a precursor of German Expressionism. Gorizia, through the Municipality or the ERPAC, could export the works of Gorizia Futurism which had in Tullio Crali its most famous exponent and to which Monfalcone has recently dedicated a beautiful and appreciated exhibition. The dream in the drawer, however, would be an exhibition dedicated to the very interesting medieval period of the north-eastern arch of the Alps (which coincides roughly with the territory of the County of Gorizia!) with Gorizia and Lienz epicentre. Not an initiative in the name of "radicio coi ovi and luganighe" de Vienna (or, if you like, also this one), but an event that would go to the roots of the historical and cultural link between the two cities. Spes ultima Dea, the Latins used to say. We say it too.

Rossella Dosso - Gorizia3.0