Incroci di Civiltà - International Festival of Literature in Venice

Contemporary writers from several countries meet to go beyond diversities through the culture

April 08th, 2016

Incroci di Civiltà (Civilisations Crossing) is an International Literature Festival held in Venice that brings together international writers within the framework of contemporary issues and global perspectives. The Festival was founded in 2008 as a mean to celebrate the 60th  anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by Shaul Bassi, director of the Festival; Flavio Gregori, anglicist and Director of the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and Roberto Ellero, director for Culture and Entertainment in the Municipality of Venice.

The Ninth edition took place between the 30th of March and the 2nd of April, 2016. The event involved some of the most prominent Venetian and Italian cultural institutions, among which the historical Civic Museums Foundation, the Foundation Querini Stampalia and Palazzo Grassi. Members of the audience were able to attend debates, screenings and readings of poems, all facilitated by simultaneous translations. Journalists and professors actively contributed to the successful enactment of the Festival, with lots of distinguished writers hosting some of the events. Among these, Salman Rushdie, Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul (Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001), David Grossman and Orhan Pamuk (Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006).

The Festival continues to be an opportunity for anyone to delve deep in the city with a project that aims to shatter diversity through the use of culture. Venice per se has a long tradition of ‘crossing’ of cultures, people, languages and traditions and continues as such also thanks to events such as Incroci di Civiltà.

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