the first European festival on creativity

The Festival

Festival della Mente – The Festival of the Mind is the first European festival devoted to creativity and thought processes.
It takes place in Sarzana at the end of summer, under the direction of Benedetta Marietti.
The festival is promoted by Fondazione Carispezia and by the Municipality of Sarzana.
Three days in which Italian and international speakers submit events, lectures, performances, workshops and moments of cultural exchange, investigating the shifts, energy and hopes of today’s society, addressing in accessible terms the broad and intergenerational audience which is the true heart of the festival.

An invaluable contribution comes from the young volunteers – more than 500 each year – who help to create the sense of a welcoming community which characterizes the festival.


The Festival della Mente’s 21th edition will take place August 30th-September 1st 2024.




Festival della Mente was directed from 2004 to 2007 by Giulia Cogoli and Raffaele Cardone; from 2008 to 2013 by Giulia Cogoli; in 2014 – and in 2015 with Benedetta Marietti – by Gustavo Pietropolli Charmet.





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