TaoBuk. Sicily at the heart of Mediterranean culture

The XII edition of the TaoBuk festival conceived and directed by Antonella Ferrara, which ends today in Taormina, is a great success. Over 170 guests from 20 different countries, including writers and journalists, philosophers, painters and musicians, doctors and physicists, lawyers, politicians and economists, more than 90 meetings, the presence of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella and an audience of nearly 4,000 people present at the gala evening in the enchanted surroundings of the Old Theater of Taormina, which once again welcomes an audience that had not been admitted since before the health crisis. These are the coordinates of the success of the Taobuk – Taormina International Book Festival, the event conceived and directed by Antonella Ferrara and promoted by the Sicilian region, which ends today with 5 days of sold-out meetings at the most important venues – Piazza IX Aprile, Mazzullo Foundation and San Domenico Palace – and after exploring Truththeme for the XII edition, in all its facets, with guests such as Michel Houellebecq, Paul Auster and the Nobel Prize in Physics Giorgio Parisi.

A call, the city, confirmed by the presence of the President of the Republic, whose attendance on Saturday, a few hours after the spectacular gala evening, truly made Taormina the cultural capital of Italy for one day. Not surprisingly, it was on this occasion that the installation was inaugurated Butterflydeletion of Reluctantly by the artist Emilio Isgrò created exclusively for the festival on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of Giuseppe Vergas, an ideal embrace between art and literature. A combination of art and a parterre of guests that gives the festival an international touch, also evoked by words from the Deputy Secretary to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers responsible for information and publication Rocco Giuseppe Moles, speaking at the end of the meeting Kulturgård – the traditional appointment dedicated to the publishing sector with experts, professionals and institutions in the sector – sealed the festival’s role in Olympus of international events, confirming Taobuk’s role as one of the fundamental elements of the modern cultural chain.

“The breadth of the thematic proposal, the chorality of the interventions, the stature of the guests, the embrace of literature, art, economics and science, which have always been the festival’s hallmarks and distinctiveness, were crucial in emphasizing and strengthening the city’s role as a privileged center. for the production and enjoyment of culture in the broadest sense. ” explains Antonella Ferrara, creator and artistic director of Taobuk, summarizing some of the festival’s highlights. “By tackling the theme of Truth, Multiform and Multiple by Definition, the Taobuk stage led the disciplines to intertwine and enter into dialogue with each other, restoring the complexity of an increasingly connected world. A similar scenario, international and interdisciplinary, “has its natural and privileged home in Sicily on this island of literature in the center of Mare Nostrum. A Sicily not a border but a hinge of the Mediterranean, which from its oldest Greek colony is given new life and continues its journey”.

Not only that: the register above Taobuk prices has also been enriched with the names of the director Roberto went and the artists of his next film “The Strangeness” Toni Servillo, Salvatore Ficarra And Valentino Piconewith the delivery this time of resp. Hon. Alessandro Paganofrom Nello MusumeciPresident of the Sicilian Region and of Salvatore Cuzzocrea, Rector of the University of Messina. From cinema to dance and art, also award-winning Jacopo Tissiformer principal dancer at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, guest artist at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, who received Taobuk Prize from Sandro Pappalardo, director of Enit – National Tourist Office. A whirlwind of words, art, music and entertainment that saw the singer alternate on stage Malika Ayanesopranos Olga Peretyatkoviolinists Alessandro Quartathe actor David Coco and the philosopher and the academic Nuccio orderwho held one lecture about Truth, the festival’s theme. The gala soundtrack was trustedThe Symphony Orchestra of Massimo Bellini Theater in Cataniathe last tonight’s music co-producer. Also among the winners UNDO Studiosa company founded by Alessandro De Grandi and Riccardo Zanini, among the new realities in the development of metaverse platforms, winner of the fourth edition of TaoTIM, the “challenge” for startups and innovative companies, provided by Pietro LabriolaCEO of TIM.

It will be possible to relive the festival’s magic on Saturday the 25th on Rai 1, where the gala evening will be broadcast.

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