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Scotland remembers Italian role
Giuseppe Garibaldi
Giuseppe Garibaldi was known as the "Father of Italy"
A celebration is set to take place in Glasgow to mark Scotland's role in creating the Italian nation.

More than 140 years ago a concert in the city helped raise funds to support Italian general Giuseppe Garibaldi.

He in turn used that backing towards his fight to create a unified country in the second half of the 19th Century.

The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama is now to host an exact repeat of the historic Glasgow concert to assist the man known as the "Father of Italy".

Garibaldi is widely recognised as a major influence on the founding of Italy as a unified country.

Support struggle

One of his most famous actions was leading about 1,000 of his "red shirts" to liberate Sicily from Bourbon rule.

This year is the 200th anniversary of his birth in Nice and events have been organised around the world to remember him.

Scotland helped to support Garibaldi's struggle in a number of ways.

The Glasgow concert took place at the City Hall on 26 May, 1860.

The programme and music from the original event will be used to recreate the same atmosphere with a performance by the Accademia Santa Cecilia on Wednesday night.

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