Books, authors and literary debates come back to animate Venice and to celebrate its 1.600 years of history

2 November 2021

Twenty-six writers from fourteen different countries, book pages being leafed through, authors in comparison, and exchanges of looks and words. This is Incroci di Civiltà (Civilization Intersections), the international literature Festival occurring from the 3rd to the 6th November in Venice. It is created and organised by Ca’ Foscari university and, this year, takes place during the Venetian celebrations for its 1.600th anniversary.

“Incroci di civiltà” returns after a year of forced distance away from the scene and away from being in touch with the audience, with a live edition allowing again Venetian people and students to hear directly the authors’ talks, to see them live, and to debate with them during the signing session. This is the fourteenth edition which represents a comeback leading off the actual restart of the event, despite the caution of current provisional situation due to the pandemic.

Therefore, during these four days, Venice becomes a melting point of histories, opinions, and cultures from all over the world: Germany, Italy, India, Netherlands, France, United States, Serbia, Turkey, China, Afghanistan, Republic of the Congo, Argentina, and Haiti.

Among the authors involved, the Congolese writer and scholar Wilfrid N'Sondé, the Dutch Jan Brokken e H.M. van den Brink, the Canadian with Istrian origins Caterina Edwards, the Chinese writer and screenwriter Caterina Edwards. Beyond the book pages of the Argentenian Rodrigo Fresan, of the American Heddi Goodrich, of Tiziano Scarpa, and of Vinicio Capossela, protagonist of the grand finale in the Santa Margherita Auditorium.

The first event launching the Festival of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco the 3rd at 18 is dedicated to Nicole Krauss, New Yorker globetrotter. The 4th November the cultural exhibition gets to the heart with busy schedule full of events in an exclusive location in the city of Venice.

According to tradition, also in this current edition the most famous authors and the emerging writers will be matched in a sequence of presentations, debates, and reflections in which literature will be the protagonist in every language of the world.

The 2021st edition (realised in cooperation with Fondazione di Venezia, the Municipality of Venice with the partnership of Francesca Bortolotto Possati, Eni, Fondazione Musei Civici e Marsilio) also presents another important event: Sunday the 7th at 11.30, the tribute to Carnevale by Maurizio Scaparro (the responsibility of Maria Ida Biggi and Piermario Vescovo, with special appearance by Roberto Bianchin).

All the events organised by Incroci di Civiltà have free entrance with previous online reservation on available from the 21th October. In order to participate, a valid Covid-19 green certification (Green Pass) is needed.

The scheduled events of the Festival are available on the Incroci di civiltà website.