On October 14, the fourth edition of Parole in Cammino, the Italian Festival, starts in Siena: three days of meetings, insights and comparisons on Italian and the various languages of today, between past, present and future, part of a more general declared by the association The word that does not die, in collaboration with La Voce della Scuola, and directed by Massimo Arcangeli.
“I am grateful to the rector for giving us the opportunity to open the fourth edition of the event, skipped last year due to Covid, at the University for Foreigners – explains the artistic director Professor Massimo Arcangeli -, right where, when the festival is born, the centenary of the birth of that Italian School was celebrated from which the Sienese university would later spring “.
“With great satisfaction – comments the rector of Unisi Francesco Frati – the University of Siena is participating again this year, as it has always done with its professors and researchers, in the Italian Festival. On Saturday in particular, in the session of the festival that we host in the rectorate, we will talk about two languages that can intrigue our students and not only those of cinema and song, in an initiative that we wanted to dedicate to Federico Fellini and Giulietta Masina, to one hundred years from birth. As for the language of the song, the texts of Fabrizio De André will be studied in depth, whose work for almost twenty years has been the subject of research by a Study Center dedicated to him at the Department of Historical Sciences and Cultural Heritage, wanted by University and the Fabrizio De André Foundation, which has collected all kinds of documents “.
The festival, developed with the support of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena Foundation, and with the participation of the University for Foreigners of Siena and the University of Siena and the collaboration with the Contrada della Chiocciola, the local committee of the Dante Alighieri Society, the Centro of Youth Aggregation “La base” of San Miniato and the cultural association Il Liceone, was born in Siena in 2017 and aims to make Tuscany the driving force of a great traveling event that will soon see the city of Florence (11- November 13, 2021) for Dante’s celebrations and aims to involve, over the years: a) the city of Pistoia and then again Pisa, home to as many prestigious universities; b) non-Tuscan Italian regions, cities, towns and villages willing to organize one or more events, for a common thematic path, within other cultural events. The Dante Alighieri Society and the Zanichelli, Aracne and Mondadori Edu publishing houses are among the partners of the event.
This year’s guests Barbara De Rossi, Massimo Bernardini, Fiorella Atzori, the Romanae Disputationes and the Fabrizio De André Foundation.
Among the various initiatives envisaged, the “Per vie corti” award, addressed to middle and high school students. The award aims to enhance the power of storytelling, demonstrating that even very few words can be used to tell a story, as long as they are effective. Participants are asked to write a short story of 250 words maximum, on the theme of travel (also in a metaphorical sense), to be sent by Friday 15 October (at [email protected]).