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THE INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR
It was born in 1988 from an idea of two Torineses, the bookseller Angelo Pezzana and the entrepreneur Guido Accornero. The International book Fair has been characterized, since its birth, by the tradition of having a different theme every year: an idea, an underlying theme that unifies the most important conferences. The theme of the first edition was “Brief instructions for a compass” and was hold in honor of the noble price Russian poet Josif Brodskij, to whom important personalities like Claudio Magris, Jorge Amado, Umberto Eco and Renzo Piano participated. The appointment with this unique event takes place every year in May at Lingotto di Torino, the famous Fiat factory designed between 1915 and 1922 by Giacomo Matte Trucco. The fair covers a surface of 50.000 squared meters, hosts over 300.000 visitors, 1.500 publishers, more than 1.300 congresses and debates, 2.000 guests, 2.500 journalists and press media corps: all these numbers make the fair one of the major Italian and European manifestations, dedicated to the publishing, to the reading and to the culture in general. The event, which accompanied Turin in this deep cultural metamorphosis, is comparable to a huge shelf where you can find surprising and curious surprises, find the most beautiful titles, the volumes almost impossible to find and the last news. It is a showcase where the little and medium-sized publishers have the same visibility of the big player and where the local publishing could open to the rest of the world. The fair is a lively international festival of the culture, an appointment that calls up all the Italian enthusiasts. During these days the public can take part to the numerous congresses, presentations, debates, shows and can interact with the 2.000 writers, journalists, artists and Nobel prizes. Inside there is also an entire pavilion dedicated to children and youth, the Bookstock Village, with games, meetings, workshops, readings and entertainments. The International Book Fair is consecrated by the UNESCO and Turin was proclaimed the World Capital of the Book for 2006-2007. Today the fair is confirmed as privileged observatory on the health status of the book and of Italian literature, and more in general as a journey to better understand and know the role of the culture and creativity of Italy.
TURIN FILM FESTIVAL
The story of the Italian cinema begins in Turin. The Turin Film Festival was born in the September of 1982, when the City councillor of the Youth of that time Fiorenzo Alfieri, instituted it with the aim to analyze the youthful universe through the audiovisual language, as well as to respond to a diffused cultural request of great city as Turin. The innovative aspect led by this cinematic exhibition was the coexistence of the cultural quality proposal with the frenetic life of a big metropolis; but also the fact that it approaches the auteur cinema and historical retrospectives to a new way of movie-making, based on the experimentation and on the use of the electronically image in the audiovisual elaborations.The calendar of the festival is based on the mixture of auteur cinema, genre film, foreign film and video production. Over the years the festival goes on with a slow but important change in its original composition: in spite of having kept its identity features unchanged, the manifestation has changed its formula, above all by virtue of the new role that it is assuming in the international panorama. From the fourth edition (1986), the show introduced the competitive form for some sections. The manifestation is the second Italian Film Festival, after that of Venice, according to importance. Today, it is still a reference point for cinephiles, proposing the last trend of the global production.
MITO SETTEMBRE MUSICA
It was born in 1978 as an initiative of Giorgio Balmas and it had the primacy of bringing the classical music out from the concert halls, attracting with new original programs a new public in the places dedicated to the music. The main characteristic of the festival is the support to the traditional symphonic concerts of the early music, the jazz, rock, the songwriting and lately also the ethnic music thanks to important projects dedicated to the central African and Chinese music. Following the cultural twinning between Milan and Turin, the festival has been named “MITO Settembre Musica”. The manifestation has four or five appointments a day and many events in both the cities, amplifying and crossing the borders that divide the two metropolitan areas. Turin and Milan become a huge auditoriums during the month of September, being an example of an incomparable cultural vitality. In the three-weeks-program the musical offer attracts numerous fans and people in the 70 places, choosen between theaters, auditoriums, churches, yards and squares, adapted to host the numerous initiatives, which in the last years are more than hundred for each city.
Luci d’ Artista is an amazing Torinese initiative instituted in 1998 that has a great scenic impact and takes place between November and January. During these months every part of the city become a suggestive open-air museum, hosting many luminous artworks, realized by the most important exponents of the national and international contemporary art. The squares and buildings assume new colors, while the sky of the torinese night becomes a huge canvas on which many lighting and colorful installations take place.
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