The fourth edition of Tropea Festival Leggere&Scrivere (Tropea Festival – Read&Write) is at the starting tape. From October 12 to October 17, Vibo Valentia and the nearby towns of Soriano Calabro, Serra San Bruno, Pizzo and Tropea will host this important fair devoted to books and reading. Under the artistic direction of Gilberto Floriani and Maria Teresa Marzano, the project is supported by many local associations and administrations, above all the Public Libraries Network of Vibo Valentia, It a rather unique festival in Calabria, so much so that, besides drawing prestigious literary personalities to our territory, it has earned Vibo the official recognition of “City of Books” awarded by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage.
It will be a week full of events, book presentations, readings, workshops as well as film screenings, exhibitions and special meetings focused on the local food and wine culture. One of the most prominent venues featured in the programme is Palazzo Gagliardi, a historic building of Vibo. Among the guests of the seventy odd events making up the festival, there will be philosophers, scholars and juournalists such as Massimo Cacciari, Umberto Galimberti, Vito Teti, Luigi M. Lombardi Satriani, Paolo Di Stefano e Stenio Solinas, but aso many writers (Maurizio De Giovanni, Raffaele Nigro, Mauro Covacich, Valerio Massimo Manfredi, Mimmo Gangemi, Gioacchino Criaco, Carmine Abate) as well as artists, singers and actors, such as Anna Mazzamauro, Paola Turci, Nada.
Given the interdisciplinary approach chosen, the Festival will be divided into four sections: A Region for reading is dedicated to strategies of literary promotion, Carta Canta explores the interrelationship between writing and music, Calabria, a Culture Factory, has a focus on on the cultural resources of this region, and finally Nourishments revolves around the liaison between food, culture and traditions. The representatives of a number of regional publishing houses will take part in the festival with some of their literary offering.
Plenty of room will be dedicated to young people and children, who will be given the opportunity to meet writers and take part in creative writing workshops also featuring the Calabrian schools and institutes that have agreed to join this initiative. There will even be a children area, where readings specially set up for children will be offered.
Finally in Palazzo Gagliardi, there will be a cycle of unmissable special lectures on different topics held by philosophers and scholars : on October 14, at 11.00 am Luciano Cagliotti will talk about Chemistry, science and development, at 5.30 pm Umberto Galiberti will hold a conference about Manking in the technological age; on October 16, Massimo Cacciari will speak his mind on the main topic of the festival Why should we read? and on October 17, the last day of events, the programme of lectures will be particularly rich: at 11.00 am Carlo Freccero will talk about Television between the present and the future, at 7.00 pm there will be Edoardo Boncinelli on Man: a substantially cultural being, and finally Valerio Massimo Manfredi’s dissertation about The marvels of the ancient world will be the last lecture offered.
If you wish to read the full programme, visit the website http://www.tropeafestival.it/