l Prof. Tomasz Mikocki, from the University of Warsaw, will give a talk on the excavations of the Polish archaeological team at Ptolemais, Cyrenaica, Libya, at the Polish Academy of Science on 22 March at 18.00.

The Polish archaeologists started work in 2001, carrying out a geodetic earth survey to establish the position of streets and buildings as well as excavating. Many well-conserved mosaics were found during the dig, including one showing a view of ancient Cyrenaica.

The Polish Academy of Science, Vicolo Doria 2 (Piazza Venezia), tel. 066792170.

l Daniela Monaci, a Rome-based artist, will introduce her latest work with slides and a video at Temple University Rome Campus on 30 March at 16.30.

Temple University Rome Campus, Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia 15, tel. 063202808 ext 204.

l Identit-identits is a cycle of French contemporary films organised by the cultural centre Saint Louis de France in Rome and showing until 29 May.

The films examine the question of human identity in contemporary society. Films such as Consentement mutuel by Bernard Stora (27 March), LEmploi du Temps by Laurent Cantet (3 April) and Sauve-moi by Christian Vincent (10 April) focus on the relationship between human duty and the quest for an identity. The films will be screened every Monday at 17.00 and 21.00. Entrance is free.

Saint Louis de France Cultural Centre, Largo Toniolo 20-22, tel. 066802629, www.saintlouisdefrance.it.

l Prof. Francesco Sferra from the Oriental Institute of Naples will give a talk at the Italian Institute for Africa and the Orient on 9 April at 17.30.

In You are me Im You, Sferra will talk about the great Indian yogi master Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952) and his philosophical thought. In 1917 Yogananda founded a school for boys in Jharkand, India, before becoming the first yogi master to move permanently to the West. By the 1920s he was known in Europe and the United States, especially on the east coast. Yogananda was held in great esteem by Indian spiritual leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi.

Italian Institute for Africa and the Orient (Oriental Section), Via Merulana 248, tel. 064874273, www.isiao.it.

l More than 100 drawings by the Italian artist Enzo Cucchi will be on show in an exhibition entitled Entra! at the Atelier del Bosco at the French Academy in Villa Medici, 22 March-21 April.

Born in 1949, Cucchi was one of the founders of the Italian Transavanguardia a movement starting in the 1970s along with Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Nicola de Maria and Mimmo Paladino. He is also known for his untitled outdoor sculptures at Bruglinger Park in Basel and at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art of Humlebaek, Copenhagen, as well as for the Fountain of Italy at the entrance of York University in Toronto. At the inauguration of the exhibition (21 March, 18.30) the artist will be interviewed by art critic Ludovico Pratesi. Entrance 4,50.

French Academy, Atelier del Bosco, Viale Trinit dei Monti 1, tel. 0667611, www.villamedici.it.

l The recently published correspondence between the critic and editor Eugenio Luraghi and poet and printer Rafael Alberti will be presented at the Cervantes Institute on 20 April at 19.00.

Alberti, born in Andalusia in 1902, was exiled after the victory of Franco in Spain and moved to Rome in 1963, where he spent 15 years. While in the city he wrote a number of literary works, including Rome, Danger to Pedestrians (1968) and Songs of the Upper Valley of Aniene (1972). Luraghi was the first to translate Albertis poems from Spanish into Italian.

Cervantes Institute, Piazza Navona 91, tel. 068551949, www.cervantes.es.

l April is the month for concerts at the Italian Institute for Latin America.

The Trio Borromini (violin, cello and piano) performs pieces by Casella, R.C. Morillo and E. Granados on 19 April at 19.00.

The Uruguayan pianist Raquel Boldorini, known for her performances in New York, San Francisco, London, Berlin, Moscow and Athens, will perform on 20 April at 18.30.

In conjunction with the Cervantes Institute, the Italian Institute of Latin America will also hold a concert by the Italian pianists Brusco and Scolastra on 26 April at 19.00.

Italian Institute for Latin America, Piazza Benedetto Cairoli 3, tel. 0668492224, www.iila.org.

l Thirty-three years after her death, Ingeborg Bachmann is remembered in photos by Garibaldi Schwarze on show at the Casa di Goethe, 30 March-2 July.

The exhibition features photos taken from 1962 to 1972 while the Austrian writer was in Rome. These photographs recount her daily life as well as her friendship with Italian poets such as Giuseppe Ungaretti.

Bachmann lived in Rome from 1954 to 1972 and worked for the literary magazine Botteghe Oscure which thrived during the period of Italian literary neorealism (1945-1960) and was also published in English, German, French and Spanish.

The exhibition, curated by Christine Koschel, poet, and Inge von Weidenbaum, art critic, both friends of Bachmann, pays homage to the writer on the 80th anniversary of her birth (26 June 1926).

Casa di Goethe, Via del Corso 18, tel. 0632650412, www.casadigoethe.it.