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. Abitare trasformazioni 2023 ed.

This year Pazza Idea Festival journeys into a beautiful landscape, and not just to contemplate it, but to explore it with the tools culture makes available to us: transformations are not observed passively, but lived in, those outside and those inside us. Feelings, emotions, ties and new alphabets of relationships; changes, forms of work and choices on languages, communication at every level and, at the centre, humanity and its contradictions.

“Abitare Trasformazioni” is the title of the 2023 edition, by which we want to immediately declare our vocation for the investigation and exploration of present and future scenarios, of society and the world. Pazza Idea Festival – in its 12th edition – aims to explore the complex cultural and social scenarios of contemporaneity, as it has done since its very beginnings, through books, which always offer a privileged view of society. An always open laboratory, in continuous evolution, that gathers ideas, talents, beauty; where culture, work, genius, willpower are mixed with art, other visions, depth and levity; a great workshop where to offer tools to face the future, all together, more informed, more free.


Pazza Idea. Officina Futuro 2022

Pazza Idea Festival, which has reached its 11th edition, stands out once again in 2022 for its ability to analyse current events and to insert itself into the folds of the history it goes through, while everything happens, but with the intention of projecting itself into the future. It is a tale of the world’s possibilities, an exploration of the ‘new normal’ with a strong focus on opportunities and hope, with the unfailing focus on the themes of work, relationships, the younger generations, new languages, and digital culture.
“Officina futuro” (Future Workshop): the leitmotif and, at the same time, the theme of this new edition of Festival Pazza Idea. A workshop made of imagination, dreams, suggestions, but also of work, talent, skills, books, tools, resources, in which to build and imagine together the various possible and desirable scenarios. A place where art can recount contemporaneity and can also upset its conventional representation by pointing out alternative paths.


Pazza Idea. Sguardo Altro

Pazza Idea celebrates its tenth anniversary and looks at the contemporary world with an alternative gaze, open to the possible: a rich programme of events will take place from 26 to 28 November in the historical venue of the Centro d’arte e cultura Il Ghetto. The precious opportunity to realize a festival “in presence” is the occasion to develop the main theme of this edition: an “other” look on the present and its complexities, on the unexpected experiences of the year of the pandemic, on the individual and collective transformations that our time requires from us. In this edition the Pazza Idea festival wants to explore change. It is precisely the “Other Look” of art and literature, very often closely related to political, civil and social commitment, which has characterised our cultural work since the early years of Pazza Idea and which in this edition focuses on a world in transformation, in which books are an important compass to orient us in the present.

Pazza Idea. Generazione Passione 2020
The 2020 edition from 26 to 29 November – is dedicated to the major themes of Generation and Passion. A twofold focus. Parallel paths that sometimes meet on the tracks of the historical changes of the last decades and, inevitably, on cultural, social, political and customary movements. The passion that ‘moves the sun and the other stars’ is the engine that makes the world go round, but it also moves individual choices, the factor that makes them different, special, unique. The thread that binds fathers and sons, worlds that are different but connected. A strong reminder of the potential of the present and the possibilities of the future.
Pazza Idea. Bellezza e Rivoluzione 2019
The 2019 edition is dedicated to the great themes of Beauty and Revolution. A reference to the direct and often subversive force of beauty in all its forms, its educational power for all the generations, especially its salvific function in the difficult times we live in. All revolutionary elements, because they are capable of activating changes and progress.

Pazza Idea. Femminile Plurale 2018 

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.

Pazza Idea. Profilo Futuro 2017

carattere-speciale_nPazza Idea festival explores the complex social and cultural scenarios of the contemporary world through the interpretative and educational capacity of books, offering opportunities for meeting and discussing. This year the theme of the festival will be “Profilo Futuro” and the focus will be on “future”. Writers, authors, journalists, performers and artists, starting from the past, observing the present and imagining the future, will interpret our time. Each one with a singular vision, through own proper storytelling capacity, and at the same time in a collective way; someone in “future” mode in a path between literature, narration, new languages, art, cinema, poetry and new digital forms, with a distinctive and strong character, in a new and always useful, necessary way. To tell with art and literature an idea of “Future” that has a high profile and that hopefully is the best possible.

Pazza Idea. CaЯatteЯe Speciale 2016










Pazza Idea. Progetto Creativo 2015










Pazza Idea. Talento Creativo 2014


Pazza Idea. Pensiero Creativo 2013