Pazza Idea

The Pazza Idea festival explores the complex social and cultural background to contemporary life through the interpretative and educational possibilities of books, and offers opportunities for people to meet and discuss ideas. It explores the times we live in from the always different and privileged viewpoint of art. The festival considers books, narratives, new forms of language, art, cinema, poetry and interactivity, and proposes distinctive perspectives and points for reflection.
It is a project about books and reading, but its focus is on creativity, new forms of language, and involving and attracting the attention of young readers. And Pazza Idea is not just about creativity as artistic flair, but as the ability to read the present and confront the future: as a tool for analysing and understanding everyday life, a weapon for problem solving and innovation, and an essential ingredient in creating one’s own authentic professional and personal life-path. Pazza Idea offers a literary programme of meetings, practical workshops, readings, panels and screenings in which writers, philosophers, directors, TV scriptwriters, political commentators, journalists, creative practitioners, digital culture experts, bloggers, entrepreneurs and researchers all offer different perspectives on creativity as a necessary tool for managing everyday life and cultural, artistic and educational pathways.

Pazza Idea 2018 – Femminile Plurale 

The title of this year’s festival, Femminile Plurale, is a committed statement of the view of the world we will seek to explore, with our usual interdisciplinary approach: the view of the female perspective as an ‘other’ not juxtaposed to but collaborating with the male approach which up to now has been regarded as standard. We will therefore consider women as silent protagonists or as protagonists revealed by art, literature, society and modern forms of language; and we will explore their own testimony of their lives and careers to see how they navigate this complex world. We will use stories, narratives and practical examples, and involve different kinds of audiences, in our examination of this very topical theme.

The theme’s topicality, and general public interest in all aspects of the female, after a year of worldwide phenomena such as the #MeToo movement, and in general renewed interest in feminism, allow us to identify various aspects of this year’s Pazza Idea theme. Work, art, literature, science, relationships, ecology and civil rights are just some of the areas we want to explore.