the first European festival on creativity

2012 Programme

Event #1

Gustavo Zagrebelsky

The right to culture, the responsibility of knowledge

One of the difficulties, or maybe the great divides in present-day societies is between the small number of those who know and the large numbers of those who do not know. This divide becomes the paradox of democracy, the form of government that is meant to be the rule of the majority, i.e., of those who do not know. Yet we can go beyond the paradox and recognize that democracy in our time is the form of government where “all do not know”, no-one knows. There is no policy decision today that does not contain a large scientific component, yet science in turn is highly fragmented and utterly specialized, so that a
scholar who knows a great deal about a small area of knowledge is often perfectly ignorant of all the rest. But governing means putting together all knowledge and coordinate it to serve general goals. Who can accomplish that task? Those who do not know? Perhaps not knowing is the condition—once again, paradoxical—that makes it possible to decide. Could this be the condition for managing our societies—living mostly in darkness at a time when knowledge has never been so developed? For centuries we have concentrated upon ethics and the responsibilities of policy-makers. Nowadays it is essential to focus upon the ethics and responsibility of those who operate in the many areas of sciences—human and natural, assuming that this distinction is still meaningful. The great benefits and disadvantages of social life can come from them. Unless it chooses to be the paradoxical regime of global blindness at a time when details are so brightly illuminated, democracies should carefully consider science and its social relevance.


Gustavo Zagrebelsky

a former President of Italy’s Constitutional Court, now teaches at Turin University and at Naples Suor Orsola Benincasa University. He is a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and of Chile’s Academy of Science. He often contributes editorials to la Repubblica news daily. Following are some of his latest books: Principi e voti (Einaudi, 2005); Imparare democrazia (Einaudi, 2007); Le virtù del dubbio (Laterza, 2007); Contro l’etica della verità (Laterza, 2008); La legge e la sua giustizia (Il Mulino, 2008); Questa Repubblica (Le Monnier, 2009); Scambiarsi la veste. Stato e Chiesa al governo dell’uomo (Laterza, 2010); Giuda. Il tradimento fedele (by Gabriella Caramore, Einaudi, 2011); La felicità della democrazia. Un dialogo (with Ezio Mauro, Laterza, 2011); Simboli al potere. Politica, fiducia, speranza (Einaudi, 2012).

All theevents2012


Event #1

Gustavo Zagrebelsky

The right to culture, the responsibility of knowledge

Event #2

Marco Santagata

Dante: an egocentric or a prophet? Creativity and writing as a mission

Event #3

Anna Salvo

Sorrow is like a telescope that helps us look into the distance: creatività and suffering

Event #4

Andrea Moro

I speak, therefore I am Like the starry sky: visions of language across the centuries

Event #5

Giulia Lazzarini

WALL – before and after Basaglia

Event #6

Alfredo Lacosegliaz, Paolo Rumiz

I Narrabondi. A reading in music

Event #7

Alessandro Barbero

How did women think in the Middle Ages? St. Catherine of Siena

Event #8

Luca Scarlini

Dancing thought: the body as a thinking mechanism

Event #9

Duccio Demetrio

The tenth Muse: Writing and its myths

Event #10

Giuseppe Civitarese

Get out your colors! Dreaming as the mind’s poetic function

Event #12

Franco Cordero

The phobia of thinking

Event #13


The artist as sacred parasite

Event #14

Marino Niola

Between organic and divine. Food as knowledge, resistance and penance

Event #15

Giacomo Marramao

Power, creativity, change

Event #17

Ascanio Celestini

How stories are born

Event #18

Erri De Luca

Words as tools

Event #19

Ruggero Pierantoni

It’s all a matter of size

Event #20

Andrea Moro

I speak, therefore I am The hidden waft: the secrets of language

Event #21

Marc Augé

The primacy of knowledge

Event #22

Enzo Moscato

Toledo Suite. Concerto spettacolo

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

How did women think in the Middle Ages? Christine de Pizan

Event #24

Gianfranco Capitta, Rafael Spregelburd

Seven sins that make life possible

Event #25

Gustavo Pietropolli Charmet

Teenagers in school: studying the past, ignoring the future

Event #28

Mauro Agnoletti, Ilaria Borletti Buitoni

Culture, environment, landscape. For a possible, sustainable future

Event #30

Sergio Givone

Invention and discovery. About creation

Event #31

Jacopo Perfetti

La Street Art e il caso Banksy

Event #32

Haim Baharier

Qabbala and an economy of justice

Event #33

Mario Brunello

CELLO AND… hidden voices, revealed voices. A concert

Event #34

Telmo Pievani

When the human mind was born. How we became Homo sapiens

Event #35

Andrea Moro

I speak, therefore I am The word and the flesh: the neurobiology of language

Event #36

Marco Paolini

Of men and dogs. Dedicated to Jack London (music by Lorenzo Monguzzi)

Evento n.11

Paolo Pejrone

For a modern garden—in form and substance

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