the first European festival on creativity

2013 Program


Massimo Cirri, Jonathan Coe

Sense of humour: a lifestyle


Laughter is a force that does not divide people but unites them. First and foremost, it is something that comforts us and helps create intimacy with other human beings. Jonathan Coe “grew up in a culture of irony. A culture where people never said exactly what was on their minds, but always hid their real intentions behind a layer of double meaning. It’s a quintessentially British way of talking, thinking and writing, which is central to our humour, our politics, our family life and our literature. Sometimes I wish I could escape from it but I have to recognise that I am a product of irony, and it has inspired and informed all of my novels”. What writer Jonathan Coe has in common with psychologist Massimo Cirri is the use of irony as a form of denunciation and a stimulus to reflection. A dialogue on sense of humour as a tool to analyze and interpret the world. 


Masimo Cirri

Massimo Cirri, a psychologist and a journalist, works in the mental division of the Italian National health service. He has been a TV author, he has created the RadioIncontri held at Riva del Garda, and since 1997 he has written txts and has presented Caterpillar, a Radio 2 show. He has written for theater with Lella Costa, and has been a contributor to Diario, Linus, Smemoranda, Tango and Playboy. His books include: Dialogo sullo -Spr+eco (with A. Segrè, Promo Music, 2010); A colloquio (2009) and Il tempo senza lavoro (2013), all published by Feltrinelli. 

Jonathan Coe

studied in Cambridge and at the University of Warwick. Considered one of Great Britain’s leading fiction writers, he has written three biographies (H. Bogart, J. Stewart and B.S. Johnson), two children’s books (La storia di Gulliver raccontata da Jonathan Coe, L’Espresso, 2011; Lo specchio dei desideri, Feltrinelli, 2012) and a number of novels, including The rain before it falls, The terrible privacy of Maxwell Sim and others, all published in Italian by Feltrinelli. His latest book, Expo 58, will be published by the same press in August 2013.

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Archives in art: a new contemporary genre?


Massimo Cirri, Jonathan Coe

Sense of humour: a lifestyle


Carlo Freccero

Has TV killed creativity and culture?


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Speaking of food in times of crisis


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Bernard-Henri Lévy

Between art, philosophy and science: the adventures of truth


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To inherit or to be creative? Art in the time of disoriented generations


Gabriella Caramore

Imperfect knowledge


Ilvo Diamanti

The future? It is past


Alessandro Barbero

Incredible Middle Ages: The ius primae noctis


Luca Barcellona

Calligraphy: creativity in writing


Silvio Garattini

Brain aging: a 3rd millennium epidemic


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What we talk about when we talk about irony


Tim Parks

In conversation with literary creativity


Laura Boella

Empathy, sympathy and compassion: resources for a threatened world?


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Nulla dies sine linea-Not a day without a line


Edoardo Boncinelli

What will change our future. The secret brain


Virgilio Sieni

Before other people’s eyes


Alessandro Bergonzoni

Stop the geniuscide!


Alessandro Barbero

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