Incontri in attesa di

incroci di civiltà

Verso Incroci

Verso Incroci includes a series of events that serve as a prelude to the Festival, organised in cooperation with Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Writers in Conversation, Dedica Festival Pordenone and il Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino.
All events will be free of charge; booking will be compulsory. Please note that there are a limited number of places at each event. All bookings are subject to availability.
Please note that all attendees, in accordance with public health guidance, must comply with the following safety measures as a condition of entry: Info

<strong>Vanessa Nakate</strong><br/>
Vanessa Nakate

Saturday 10th May - 6.00 p.m.

Scuola Grande di San Rocco, San Polo, 3054, 30125 Venezia

meeting with
Vanessa Nakate

In conversation with Giuseppe Bolotta (Department of Asian and North African Studies) and Environmental Humanities students.

Opening remarks by Francesca Tarocco (THE NEW INSTITUTE Centre for Environmental Humanities - NICHE) and Flavio Gregori (Incroci di civiltà).

The event will be in English language.

In collaboration with:
Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino
Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore

Book the event of Saturday 21th

Vanessa Nakate is the founder of the Rise Up climate movement and the Vash Green Schools Project, which aims to install solar panels on all of Uganda’s 24,000 schools.

She has spearheaded the Save Congo Rainforest campaign.

The United Nations named her a Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals in 2020, and Time magazine named her to its Time100 Next list in 2021.

Nakate and her work have been featured in the New York Times, the Guardian, Yes!, Vox, Vogue, the Huffington Post, the International Women’s Forum, and the Global Landscapes Forum, and on,, CNN, the BBC, PBS, and the United Nations media.

She lives in Kampala, Uganda.

Carlo Pizzati
Carlo Pizzati
(Credits Tishani Doshi)

Tuesday 10th May - 5.30 p.m.

Ca' Sagredo Sala della Musica Campo Santa Sofia, 4198/99, 30121 Venezia VE

meeting with
Carlo Pizzati - Italia

organized by Alessandro Cinquegrani, starting from his latest book, Una linea lampeggiante all'orizzonte.

The meeting will be held in Italian.

Carlo Pizzati is a writer and a journalist for two Italian newspapers "la Repubblica" and "La Stampa". He has been living in Asia for more than 10 years. He worked as a foreign correspondent in New York, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Madrid and Chennai.

He was a producer of "Report", an Italian independent journalistic TV program aired on Rai 3 and hosted "Omnibus", a political talk show aired on the Italian television network La7.

He wrote novels, essays and reportages such as:

  • Criminàl (2011),
  • Tecnosciamani (2012) e
  • Nimodo (2014).

He won the Leonardo and Igor Man journalistic prizes as well as the Gambrinus-Mazzotti literary prize.

Hanif Kureishi
Hanif Kureishi

Wednesday 13th April - 5.30 p.m.

Ca' Sagredo Sala della Musica Campo Santa Sofia, 4198/99, 30121 Venezia VE

meeting with
Hanif Kureishi - U.K.

organized by Lucio De Capitan, starting from his latest book, Cosa è successo?

The meeting will be held in English with consecutive translation.

Hanif Kureishi is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter.
He wrote the screenplays for Stephen Frears' "My Beautiful Laundrette" (1985) and "Sammy e Rosie vanno a letto" (1987; Sammy and Rosie get Laid) as well as Roger Michell's "The Mother" (2003), "Venus" (2006) and "Le week-end" (2013).
"Intimacy", the movie directed by Patrice Chéreau based on Kureishi’s novel "Nell'intimità" (2000; Intimacy) won The Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2001.
Among other Kureishi’s works Bompiani has published:

  • Il Budda delle periferie (2001; The Buddha of Suburbia),
  • Il dono di Gabriel (2002; Gabriel's Gift),
  • Otto braccia per abbracciarti (2002; Dreaming and Scheming),
  • Il corpo (2003; The Body), Il mio orecchio sul suo cuore (2004; My Ear at His Heart),
  • La parola e la bomba (2006; The Word and the Bomb),
  • Ho qualcosa da dirti (2008; Something to Tell You),
  • L’ultima parola (2013; The Last Word),
  • Le week-end (2014),
  • Uno zero (2017; The Nothing) and
  • Love + Hate (2018).
Mathias Énard
Mathias Énard
(Credits Basso Cannarsa)

Friday 11th March – 11.30 a.m.

Ca' Foscari Zattere Dorsoduro 1392, Venezia

meeting with
Mathias Énard - France

organised by Alessandro Raveggi e Flavio Gregori
The meeting will be held in Italian,
with the collaboration of Festival Pordenone Dedica

Mathias Énard was born in Niort, France, in 1972.

After reading Art History at the École du Louvre, he studied Arabic and Persian at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris. His interests led him to undertake numerous trips and long study periods in various countries in the Middle East. In 2000 he settled in Barcelona, where he collaborates with a number of cultural magazines. He is a Professor of Arabic at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and also works as a translator.

His works published in Italy include:

  • Breviario per aspiranti terroristi (2009),
  • Zona (2011 and 2022),
  • Via dei ladri (2014),
  • Bussola (2016),
  • L’alcol e la nostalgia (2017),
  • La perfezione del tiro (2018),
  • Ultimo discorso alla Società proustiana di Barcellona (2020),
  • Parlami di battaglie, di re e di elefanti (2021),
  • Il banchetto annuale della Confraternita dei becchini (2021).

He has received numerous prizes and acknowledgements for his works, including the Prix Goncourt (2015), the Premio von Rezzori (2017) and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung literary prize (2018). He was also a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize and the Strega European Prize.