the first European festival on creativity

2018 Programme

Event #13

Armando Punzo

The secret community

Normally, prison is intended as a reclusive community that is opposed to the free one. Theatre creates a third way, giving life to a free community in jail. By reacting to the rules of an independent artistic language, this community moves beyond the very opposition between open and closed boundaries. At the best of times, theatre workshops in prison are valued in their highly limiting connotation as a tool for reforming inmates. But there is much more. After thirty years of teaching theatre at the Volterra prison with Compagnia della Fortezza, Armando Punzo talks about the everyday practice through which, from his secret outpost within an entirely closed off place, he has created holes in reality, returning the faculty to theatre of transforming space and people, right where least expected.



Armando Punzo, filmmaker and playwright, has linked his name to Compagnia della Fortezza, a professional theatre company formed by inmates, that he founded in 1989 and still directs at the Volterra prison. Compagnia della Fortezza is characterized by innovative methodology, experimentation in filmmaking and dramatic methods, and the ability to create performances that also transform the settings where they take place. Throughout thirty years of activity, they have created more than thirty shows, receiving prestigious awards such as the Sigillo d’Ateneo of the University of Urbino, six UBU Awards, the Premio Associazione Nazionale Critici di Teatro, the Premio Carmelo Bene assigned by the magazine Lo Straniero, the Premio Europa Taormina Arte, the Agis Biglietto d’oro special award. 

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Event #1

Andrea Riccardi

Community or the eclipse of Us

Event #2

Jan Brokken, Massimo Cirri

Jungle Rudy – the loner and the community

Event #4

Olivia Sellerio

Olivia Sellerio sings Montalbano

Event #6

Serena Dandini, Michela Murgia

The community of valiant women

Event #8

Ian Goldin

Our new Renaissance

Event #9

Federico Condello

School, community, justice

Event #10

Cristiano Galbiati

The Argonauts in pursuit of dark matter

Event #12

Giuseppe Festa

On a journey with wolves

Event #14

Franco Farinelli

Space, modernity, community 

Event #15

Massimiliano Valerii

What are today’s myths?

Event #16

Stefano Allievi

Immigration: changing everything

Event #17

Mario Cucinella

Architecture as a political action and an instrument for territories’ revitalization 


Event #18

Esther Perel

Betraying a relationship: reasons for unfaithfulness 

Event #19

Antonio Forcellino

The Renaissance emporium – the heart of the artistic community. 


Event #20

Kamila Shamsie

In the name of love 

Event #22

Hervé Barmasse

My life between zero and 8000

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

World War I
May 24th: Italy enters the War

Event #25

Angélique Del Rey

Against competition

Event #26

Alessandro Barbero

World War I: Caporetto 

Event #28

Roberto Esposito

Back to community? 

Event #29

Daniele Zovi

The wood as a community: cooperation and interdependence among plants

Event #32

Dino Pedreschi

Virtual communities: how Big Data reflects society 

Event #33

Anna Foa

From community to citizenship: European Jews facing modernity 

Event #34

Matteo Nucci, Davide Livornese

The community of theatre

Event #35

Gabriele Lolli, Marco Licalzi

Tales from the Tower of Babel

Event #36

Mimmo Cuticchio

Duelling marionettes 

Event #38

Maddalena Crippa

The Widow Merry. Café chantant

Event #39

Alessandro Barbero

World War One. From the battles of the Piave River to Vittorio Veneto.

Event #43Children / Kids

Luca Boscardin

Profession… toy designer!

Event #49Children / Kids

Fausto Gilberti

This family is a circus!

Event #50Children / Kids

Dino Ticli

Horrible plants and animals

Event #52Children / Kids

Claudia Corrent, Luca Quinzani

On a piece of paper the sun turns… blue!

Event #55Children / Kids

Giuseppe Festa

Opening our senses to Nature

Event #56Children / Kids

Sara Donati

Illuminating portraits

Event #58Children / Kids


Magic sandbox. Playing with augmented reality

Event #59Children / Kids

Caterina Giannotti, Maria Pia Montagna

Writing is a game if you know the rules!

Event #60didatticaMente

Elena Corniglia

Accessible books for an inclusive community

Event #63didatticaMente

Claudia Corrent

Nature's footprints: experiments in blue 

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