the first European festival on creativity

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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



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.


Screening details





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.






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).