the first European festival on creativity

2018 Programme

Event #37

Mario Brunello, Gabriele Mirabassi, Guido Beltramini

Playing by images 

Two great musicians who share the will to experiment and test their own boundaries; one authoritative art historian; three paintings. These are the ingredients of an original project – an Antiruggine production developed in collaboration with Produzioni Fuorivia and specifically conceived for Festival della Mente – that strives to cut across genres and build a dialogue between different art forms, their music and their beauty. Mario Brunello will transform Botticini’s Assumption of the Virgin into music, Gabriele Mirabassi will "play" Signorelli’s Resurrection of the flesh and together the two musicians will interpret a touching and imaginative work of art from the Atelier of Errors, a visual arts workshop for children in care at the Neuropsychiatric ward of Ausl Reggio Emilia.



Mario Brunello

Mario Brunello, cellist, is the first Italian musician to win Moskow’s Čajkovskij Competition. Invited to perform with the most prestigious orchestras, he has worked with directors such as V. Gergiev, R. Muti, T. Koopman and C. Abbado. His repertoire ranges from Baroque music and Bach to contemporary sounds and jazz. He plays a 17th century Maggini instrument. He has always participated in I Suoni delle Dolomiti, a yearly calendar of classical music concerts held in mountain locations. He is the author of Fuori con la musica (Rizzoli, 2011) and Silenzio (Il Mulino, 2014).




Gabriele Mirabassi, clarinetist, ranges from jazz to classical music, and has collaborated with a number of artists such as Richard Galliano, Stefano Bollani, John Cage, Gianmaria Testa, Ivano Fossati, Mina. He has recently devled into Brazilian instrumental music.

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Guido Beltramini has been the director of the Andrea Palladio International Centre for Architectural Studies in Vicenza since 1991. He is a leading expert in Italian Renaissance-era architecture, a topic on which he has written many articles and essays. He has also curated exhibitions across the globe.

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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!

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Elena Corniglia

Accessible books for an inclusive community

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Claudia Corrent

Nature's footprints: experiments in blue 

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