the first European festival on creativity

2016 Programme

Event #4

Nada Malanima, Fausto Mesolella

The last day of summer

As a special preview for the audience of Festival della Mente, a tale in words and notes about a special woman named Leonida, who discovers herself and her place in the world at a time when life seems to be drawing to its end. In a greatly evocative and emotional performance, Nada Malanima and Fausto Mesolella – two of the most original artists of the contemporary Italian scene – imagine and trace the bizarre and surprising trajectory of the life of Leonida and of the many characters who accompany her on the unwitting, unexpected search for her own destiny.


Nada Malanima

is the most original and daring artist in the current Italian music scene. With her unique voice she has for years been giving shape and words to her own musical, theatrical and literary works. She is the author of four novels: Le mie madri (Fazi, 2003), Il mio cuore è umano (Fazi, 2008), La grande casa (Bompiani, 2012), Leonida (Atlantide, 2016).

Fausto Mesolella

is an Italian guitarist, composer and arranger. He has been a member of Piccola Orchestra Avion Travel since 1986. He formed the Nada Trio in 1994, and since then has continued to collaborate with Nada. In 1998 he took part in the Festival di San Remo with Avion Travel, winning the Critic’s Prize for the song Dormi e sogna. In 2015 he released the concept-album CantoStefano: Fausto Mesolella canta Stefano Benni.

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Event #1

Salvatore Veca

An idea of public space

Event #2

Jonathan Safran Foer, Ranieri Polese

That place called “home”

Event #3

Matteo Nucci, Valentina Carnelutti

The space of words: Helen and Odysseus

Event #5

Guido Tonelli

The birth of space (and time)

Event #5 BIS

Guido Tonelli

The birth of space (and time)

Event #6

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The First Italian War of Independence

Event #7

Alberto Mantovani

Immunity and the brain: a dialogue between two chief systems. From memory to vaccines.

Event #9

Valerio Magrelli, Andrea Gentile

Tv series: a newly emerged continent

Event #10

Ramak Fazel, Giorgio Vasta, Michele Lupi

Across the American deserts: a voyage through 20th century collective imagination

Event #11

Dominique Cardon

What do algorithms think of?

Event #13

Lamberto Maffei

The space of rebellion

Event #14

Claudio Bartocci, Chiara Valerio

Other maps, other worlds. Representations of space

Event #16

Giovanni Fabrizio Bignami

From the stars to Life: one, one hundred, one thousand Earths

Event #17

Cino Zucchi, Aldo Colonetti

Architectural space in the past, the present, the future

Event #18

Chiara Saraceno

Families confined and without borders

Event #19

Massimiano Bucchi

The best ideas of our lives. Make room for innovation (the real kind)

Event #20

Matteo Nucci, Valentina Carnelutti

The space of absence: Patroclus and Andromache

Event #21

Giuseppe Cederna

On the other side of the sea

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The second Italian War of Independence

Event #24

Marco Balzano, Christian Raimo

School is an idea of the world

Event #26

Piergiorgio Odifreddi

Let’s make space for stupidity

Event #27

Attilio Brilli

Voyages through spaces real and imagined

Event #28

Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna

Is there space for us all? The future of European migrations

Event #29

Anna Ottani Cavina

When painters left their studios to paint en plein air

Event #30

Bruno Arpaia, Alessandro Zaccuri

The memory of space. The rubble of climate and rubbish in our homes

Event #31Approfonditamente

Alessandro Dal Lago, Serena Giordano, Ex Voto

Graffiti, tags and murals: when art extends to walls

Event #32

Marco Belpoliti

The poetry of space. Words and drawings on that place we call home

Event #34

Giacomo Rizzolatti, Antonio Gnoli

Mirror neurons: anatomy of a revolutionary discovery

Event #35

Gabriella Caramore

The boundaries of the soul and of the world

Event #36

Valentina Carnelutti, Matteo Nucci

The space of dreams: Penelope e Achilles

Event #37

Marco Martinelli

The joy of the chorus

Event #38

Paolo Rumiz, Alessandro Scillitani

The voice of the road. Words, sounds and images gathered along via Appia

Event #39

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The Third Italian War of Independence

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