the first European festival on creativity

Previous editions

2019

parallelaMente / 2019 Edition

parallelaMente is an exhibition organized by Virginia Galli and Francesca Giovannelli in cooperation with Elisa Palagi. parallelaMente takes place from August, 25th to September, 1st in the historical center of Sarzana and the protagonists are local artists and local cultural associations.

All events have free entry.

 

with: Zest – Limbrunire / Eil Marchini / Stentwo • Die Faulen – Tommaso Campagna / Francesco Capitani / Jonathan Lazzini / Daniel Leix Palumbo • e|Voluto – Contemporary Noise Ensamble / Maria e Elisabetta Cori / Filippo Lubrano / Andrea Luporini / Angela Teodorowsky • Nouvelle Cuisine – Jim Bandini / Diego Bosoni / Martina Rocchi / Paolo Ranieri • 2c11c Massimiliano Furia / Federico Gerini / Maria Angela Palanti / Nicola Perfetti • Emiliano Bagnato • Simone Conti • Luca Giovannini

 

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creativaMente kids – when creativity becomes a profession

creativaMente kids is an exhibition of works dedicated to Kids’ world and designed by artists, illustrators and designers. It is curated by Giorgio Scaletti and it takes place during Festival della Mente at Casa della Salute, in Sarzana. This year there will also be the exhibit of “PoiliSarzana”, the tourist app created by the ISA 13 students thanks to the PON funds. Based on innovative didactics, the project’s aim is to create a technological product that can be downloaded and used by everyone.
In the Casa della Salute garden, kids can use a pile of cardboard blocks to make their own creations. Once assembled, the creations will become a temporary, architecture installation.

 

Casa della Salute – via Paci 1 – ground floor
Opening hours: Friday, August 30th from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm; Saturday, August 31st and Sunday,  September 1st from 9.30 am to 8.00 pm.

 

Free entry.

 

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Shackleton. A contemporary hero

Il Festival della Mente premia il libro Parto di Chiara Carminati e Massimiliano Tappari (Panini, 2013) per il merito di creare un “ponte” fra il mondo degli adulti e il mondo dei bambini, valorizzando così il collegamento fra le due sezioni del festival. Un libro emozionante, dove la poesia delle parole di Chiara Carminati si incontra con la capacità di Massimiliano Tappari di cogliere messaggi negli oggetti che ci circondano e di tradurli in immagini.

 

La premiazione avrà luogo domenica 4 settembre alle ore 18.30 presso la libreria del festival, in piazza Matteotti 1. Saranno presenti gli autori.
 

Con il contributo di Carispezia Crédit Agricole

 

Il Festival della Mente premia il libro Parto di Chiara Carminati e Massimiliano Tappari (Panini, 2013) per il merito di creare un “ponte” fra il mondo degli adulti e il mondo dei bambini, valorizzando così il collegamento fra le due sezioni del festival. Un libro emozionante, dove la poesia delle parole di Chiara Carminati si incontra con la capacità di Massimiliano Tappari di cogliere messaggi negli oggetti che ci circondano e di tradurli in immagini. La premiazione avrà luogo domenica 4 settembre alle ore 18.30 presso la libreria del festival, in piazza Matteotti 1. Saranno presenti gli autori. Con il contributo di Carispezia Crédit Agricole

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolours exhibition by Michele Tranquillini

 

Exhibition of drafts and materials of the lecture-show created by Michele Tranquillini and Paolo Colombo based on the experience of the antarctic explorer Ernest Henry Shackleton (event n. 21).


The exhibition can be seen fro August, 30th to September, 1st within the Municipal Building in Piazza Matteotti 1 (the main square in Sarzana).

Opening hours: Friday, August 30th from 5.30 pm to 11.00 pm; Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, September 1st from 9.30 am to 11 pm.

 

Free Entry.

 

 

 

 

 

2016

parallelaMente

parallelaMente is an off festival that has reached its third edition in 2016 and is curated by Massimo Biava e Alessandro Picci. It takes place throughout Sarzana's roads and squares and features local artists and cultural associations.


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2016 Edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

creativamente kids – when creativity becomes a profession

creativaMente kids is an exhibition of works and objects devoted to children, designed by local artists, illustrators and designers, on display during the three days of the festival.

 

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2016 Edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

Un Premio Speciale – a Special Prize II edizion

Festival della Mente recognizes the book Parto by Chiara Carminati and Massimiliano Tappari (Panini, 2013) for its ability to create a "bridge" between the world of grown-ups and the world of children, thus adding value to the two sections of the festival. An emotion-stirring book, where the poetry of Chiara Carminati's words meets Massimiliano Tappari's talent for grasping messages hidden in everyday objects and translating them into images.
 
The award cerimony will take place Sunday, September 4th at 6.30 p.m. at the festival bookshop, in piazza Matteotti 1. The authors will be present.


With the contribution of CARISPEZIA CREDIT AGRICOLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE VIDEO-ART OF JOHANNA BILLING

Four screenings in collaboration with Villa Croce Contemporary Art Museum, curated by Ilaria Bonacossa.
 
Johanna Billing is recognized within the international landscape for her ability to weave music, movement and rythm together in a format suspended between documentary and fiction. Her hypnotic video-installations feature people performing simple choreographic acts that provide stratified interpretations of the social and political history of select locations.

 
The screenings will take place at cinema Moderno, in loop. Free entry.

 

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2015

parallelaMente | 2nd Edition

with: Barrage Entertainment, Bastian Errai, Beatrice Mencarini, Ensemble l’Enharmonique, ExclusIVe Saxophone Quartet, Fraxtalia Produzioni, Gruppo D.A.S. Ixin, Ilaria Gigli Quartet, Ivan Vitale Lazzoni, Le Canzoni da Marciapiede, Lucia Boschi 4° Movimento, Nicola Pinelli, Nin Pawer, OcraTeatro, Renzo Cozzani Acoustic Ensemble, Sarzana Opera Festival, Stefano Tedesco, Tommaso Fiori, Trio elettrico Bulk, Umberto Foddis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

creativaMente kids – when creativity becomes a trade | 2nd Edition

with: 3D Creative Repair, Alessandra Botto, Biancolaccatolucido, Calembour design, Cuntala/Periqual, Emanuele Martera, Enrica Pizzicori, FabLab di Imola, Giokit, Gregorio Giannotta, Maffe, Matite Colorate, Popmecca, Progettincorso-Make Tank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A look on Europe: a report on new international cultural festivals

Presentation of the Report on new international cultural festivals: themes, formats, audience and programming, by Andrea Lissoni, Guido Guerzoni, Marina Mussapi, Filipa Ramos, Paolo Ranieri (“Strumenti” series, Fondazione Carispezia, 2015), on Sunday September 6th at 5.30 p.m. at Sala delle Capriate, Fortezza Firmafede. Guido Guerzoni, Marina Mussapi and Paolo Ranieri will be present. Free admission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Séance by Yuri Ancarani – a Sky arte HD production

In this documentary produced by SkyArte HD, artist Yuri Ancarani tells the story of one of the most multifaceted figures of the 20th century: architect, photographer, writer and aeroplane pilot Carlo Mollino.
The screening will take place at Cinema Moderno. The duration of the film is 30 minutes. Free admission.

Screening hours: Saturday September 5th  at 10.00 a.m., 11.00 a.m., 12.00 p.m., 3.00 p.m., 4.00. p.m., 5.00 p.m.; Sunday September 6th at 10.00 a.m., 12.00 a.m., 5.00 p.m., 6.00 p.m..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feltrinelli 60

During the three days of the festival, the city of Sarzana hosts the touring exhibition Feltrinelli 60. Idee, scelte, storie che fanno futuro (Feltrinelli 60. Ideas, choices, stories that make a future): twelve installations retracing the history of the publishing group, from Febbre dell’editore to Formidabilitaliani, from the women of Fortissime to the considerations of Finesecolo.
The exhibition accompanies the multiplatform project “Effe come Festival – F for Festival”, designed and produced by laeffe for the 60 year anniversary of Feltrinelli to chronicle the most important Italian cultural festivals: live streaming of the main events and a special feature on the festival will be produced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Special Prize

The book La pantera sotto il letto, by Andrea Bajani and Mara Cerri (Orecchio Acerbo, 2015), is recognized by Festival della Mente for its ability of creating a bridge between world of children and that of adults with great poetic force. The prize is meant to enhance the link between the two sections of the Festival: adult and children's programming. The award cerimony will take place on Sunday September 6th at 6.30 p.m. at the festival Bookshop, in piazza Matteotti 1. The authors will be present.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look at this Sarzana!

Three artists have joined forces to create a site specific project for Sarzana, observing the city with new eyes: photographs by Massimiliano Tappari enhanced with pictorial interventions by Alessandro Sanna and the words of Chiara Carminati, on display from August 29th to September 6th in via Mazzini. A fantastic open air exhibition for everyone to see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

parallelaMente | 1st Edition

with: Carolina Amoretti & Umberto Foddis (dance and music), Bamboo Trio (jazz, Brazilian music, flamenco), Sarzanae Concentus Choir (choir), Toni Garbini & Thomas Flowers (theater and music), H4R4K! R! Produktion (dance performance), Roberto Menconi & Arteatro Network Italy (theater), nin-nuoveinterpretazioni and Ordinesparso Company (theater), the magic of the voice and mind (opera), Charis Quartet (classical music), Tanguedia Project (tango, jazz), ß-accordion (accordion), Luca Giovannini (photography), Giuspi Pegolo (poetry), the Zero Emission Baroque Orchestra (baroque music).


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

creativaMente kids – when creativity becomes a trade | 1st Edition

with: Natalia Caprili (crocheted sculptures), Giokit (dressed to play), Maffe (in customized wooden games), Enrica Tingling (illustrations), Popmecca (games and cardboard furniture), Progettincorso (games and baby accessories).