In 2017, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Luigi Pirandello, the national contest "One, none and one hundred thousand" - which consists of writing a play based on one of the author’s short stories - was also extended to Italian schools abroad, secondary schools, state and private schools, Italian sections within international schools including European schools and all foreign schools with Italian courses. The initiative is promoted by MIUR (Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research) for the current academic year, with the participation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and with the "Valle dei Templi" Tourist District, "La Strada degli Scrittori", the "Luigi Pirandello" Theatre Foundation, and "Kaos Festival" of Agrigento. The competition is also part of the cultural programme that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the network of Embassies, Consulates and Italian Cultural Institutes, will carry out with a series of initiatives during the "Italy, Culture, Mediterranean" year 2018 - a single medium for linguistic-cultural and scientific projects, to also be carried out with external partners, to consolidate an advanced approach to the dialogue between the two shores of the Mediterranean. The prize will consist of a work provided by the "Michelangelo" Academy of Fine Arts of Agrigento. In April, the winning works will be represented by the same students at the Luigi Pirandello Theatre in Agrigento. During the award ceremony, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will also give a recognition to schools abroad that best defined the theme of the "Italy, Culture, Mediterranean" year through Pirandellian opera and theatre.