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 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 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. 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
Pazza 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