BNL has a special interest in culture in all its forms – first and foremost the cinema, with which it has a long association, but also in the figurative arts, music and photography.
The Bank’s sponsorship and restoration projects in these fields aim to “give back” the important asset of culture to the communities in which it operates, while helping it build a solid relationship with its stakeholders.
The Bank is also involved in promoting socially beneficial solidarity projects all over the world through its BNL Foundation. For over 20 years BNL has been actively working with the Telethon Foundation in the support of scientific research.
The aim is to integrate the Bank further into the social fabric, and to bring it closer to the needs of the community, not only in the field of business.
BNL BNP Paribas Group has always sustained the Great Music
Since 1995 the Bank supports the Accademia Nazionale of Santa Cecilia, one of the most ancient music institutions around the world. The Academy activities are currently performed by a conspicuous number of eminent Italian and foreign musicians forming one of the most appreciated orchestra and choir in the world. Beside the organization of concerts and record printings, the Academy actively works in the field of the education of young musical talents.
In the course of the years BNL decided to enforce its presence becoming, in the year 2000, a founder member of the Academy.
Thanks to this agreement BNL sponsors exclusively two concerts per each symphonic and chamber season. For the current season the chamber concert was held on February 13, with the young piano soloist Yuia Wang, who proposed sonatas from Schubert, Chopin, Skjabin and Balakirev. For the symphonic section on April 13 M° Yuri Temirkanov and the Piano soloist Martha Argerich will perform music from the repertoire of Haydn, Shostakovich and Dvorak.
Invitation to the “Palazzo”
BNL opens its headquarters on Via Veneto in Rome to the public on the first Saturday of October every year, taking part in the Invito a Palazzo (Invitation to the Palazzo) initiative promoted by the Italian Banking Association. The general public are given access to the Bank’s collection of classical, modern and contemporary art works, through guided tours offered by art historians.
The visit concluded with a meeting with a contemporary artist whose works were included in the collection, and who met visitors throughout the day to talk about his work.
BNP Paribas, an active corporate patron the world over
Through its various foundations and thanks to the involvement of its employees, BNP Paribas supports numerous projects in the areas of culture, solidarity, education, health and the environment.
BNP Paribas Corporate Philanthropy ensures the overall coherence and effectiveness of the sponsorship programs that the bank conducts around the world. This policy is managed by the BNP Paribas Foundation, an active patron since 1984.