Benedetta Ferrara is an Italian native speaker from Pompei, and a professional journalist with a Bachelor of Arts and Humanities, majoring in the Italian Language, Comparative Literature and History. She was first inspired to pursue a career in journalism after being given a copy of Italian newspaper ‘Corriere della Sera’ by her language teacher at the age of 10. Owner of the website 'Il Resto è nella Notte', she writes about books, cinema, and art, always looking for a new story to tell.
Italy has again become a country of emigrants. Today, a large number are highly educated people who take their talent abroad in search of better career opportunities and professional benefits. Thirty thousand Italian researchers leave each year, while only three thousand qualified scientists migrate to Italy. In recent years, the media, policymakers and scholars have used the term ‘brain drain’ to describe this phenomenon.
One sunny Saturday Melbourne afternoon in January 2017, tickets to the final ‘Eat The Beat’ party sold out. Italian entrepreneur Matteo Belcore had, in a relatively short time, risen from obscurity to ubiquity in Australia’s night life scene. (Photo - The Eat The Beat Team. From the left: Etwas, Andrea Guadalupi, Matteo Belcore, Chris McCord and Matteo Freyrie)
‘If I could, I would like to end my career sitting in a piazza telling stories and, at the end of my life, weave through the crowd with my coppola in my hand’. This was Andrea Camilleri’s response when asked why, at the age of 93, he had not yet decided to retire.