The Cultural Event “Festival della Mente” in Sarzana, Liguria

After the great success of the previous editions, the renowned and very expected “Festival della Mente” comes back in the beautiful Ligurian town of Sarzana, located nearby La Spezia.

A special cultural event for discovering why and how ideas rise. This year the festival scheduled many appointments about creativity, shows, interesting meetings with scientists, artists, literati, historians, authors and philosophers.

Such a cultural event has come to its 7th edition and also this year visitors will find many surprises and brand new initiatives dedicated to adults and children.

The Festival will take place on 3rd, 4th and 5th September 2010 in several venues of Sarzana. As a matter of fact, the initiatives and meetings with important personages will happen in the squares and theatres of the town, with the stunning background of ancient palaces and the typical narrow streets of Sarzana. Among the venues of the event we find: Piazza Matteotti, Piazza Cesare Battisti, Cinema Italia, Teatro degli Impavidi, Piazza d’Armi (Fortezza Firmafede) and many others.

The protagonists are many and they belong to very different cultural fields. Just to mention a few: the meeting with the Catalan writer Javier Cercas (together with Aldo Cazzullo) entitled “Fra Letteraturà realtà” (“Between literature and reality”) which will take place on Sunday 5th September at 4.30 pm at Chiostro San Francesco.

In addition, the festival will present also a musical dimension with the Italian band Avion Travel, who will play on Sunday 5th September at 9.00 pm in Piazza d’armi Fortezza Firmafede.

Furthermore, Edoardo Boncinello, physician and geneticist who will present the meeting “La mente e il corpo. Le tre età: la formazione”; Roberto Escobar, phylosopher and cinema critic with Paolo Legrenzi, teacher of Cognivite Psychology at IUAV University in Venice, will present a meeting titled “Perchè crediamo alle storie?”.

Maurizio Ferraris, teacher of Theoretical Phylosophy at Turin University, will be at the festival with the meeting “L’anima and l’i-Pad” (“The soul and the i-Pad”) on Saturday 4th September at 3.00 in Sala Canale Lunense.

Edition 2009 was very successful, it was attended by a total audience of 40,000 in 3 days, and in 2010 the Festival della Mente, directed by Giulia Cogoli, will be holding its 7th edition with great guests and remarkable meetings.

Last year the festival concluded with the extraordinary participation of the author Roberto Saviano (“Gomorra”) and also this year the event will be even better.

Meetings, workshops, debates…the extraordinary success gathered thousands visitors from every corner of Italy and led the organization to enlarge the venues for the festival for meet the many visitors’ needs.

In the works we find once again “approfonditaMente”, a series of meetings-lessons-workshops dedicated to design, religion, environment, poetry, art, rhetoric and cooking, which are conceived for a little group of people, in order to create a nearer relation between the public and the speaker.

In addition, there’s a wide range of activities conceived for teens and children of any age, such as workshops, during which the parents will have the chance to leave their children alone with the teachers.

You can’t miss such a cultural and very creative event in a quaint and welcoming town like Sarzana, located just 10 minutes from the sea and close to many famous villages and seaside resorts, such as Cinque Terre, Lerici and Porto Venere.

It is a further opportunity for visiting places you have never seen and tasting local specialties in the several restaurants and pizzerias placed in the area.

For further information about Sarzana, a Spezia and useful tips about Liguria, please visit the new travel guide About Liguria.

All the events require an entrance fee, except for event n. 1.

Prices: kid’s events €3,50; approfonditaMente and shows €7,00; all the other events €3,50.

It is recommended to buy the tickets promptly, in fact, during the past editions they sold out quickly. The direction reserves the right to modify the program; the changes will be communicated at the box office, at the information desks, and on the website.

Online Booking
Starting from July 22nd it is possible to buy the tickets online. The booking fee corresponds to the 10% of the ticket’s cost, it is necessary to collect the tickets at the 2 box offices based in Sarzana: piazza San Giorgio, Cittadella Piazza Firmafede until 2 hours before the beginning of the event (with the online purchase receit it is not possible to access the event).

Phone Booking
Starting from August 23rd until September 2nd the phone booking service will be active calling the number 0187 620419 from 9.00 to 12.30 am and from 4.00 to 8.00 pm.

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