Over the 28 editions, Dedica has become an annual project that is developed and implemented on a continuous basis. Starting out with just the Festival being scheduled in the early editions, year after year the number of initiatives proposed was consistently increased until it achieved year-round programming.
The Festival – unique in Italy – is constructed around a single leading figure in international culture, with the objective of offering the public the opportunity to meet a worldly renowned author and learn about his or her intellectual pathway and creative and human vicissitudes.
Every year a comprehensive cultural itinerary is proposed, using different mediums of expression – interviews, theatre, books, music, exhibitions, cinema – to offer the public the opportunity to listen to other people’s words and ideas, which they may identify with or disagree with, in an art-mediated debate.
Prior to the Festival, a comprehensive pathway has for some years now been proposed comprising numerous events distributed throughout various regional provinces to enable people to learn more about the featured Author entitled Dedica Anteprima.
As well as conferences, interviews and documentaries, special small-scale theatrical and musical productions produced specifically around the Author and the main topics of the edition of the Festival have also made their way into this segment, with collaborative relations being developed with various Associations, Municipalities, Bodies, theatres and cultural and artistic centres in the local areas.
Further initiatives are scheduled throughout the year, ranging from interviews, book presentations, series of thematic meetings, performances and animated readings, entitled Dedica Incontra.
The Project Dedica, supported by Institutions, Public Bodies and important private individuals, is developed and organised by active members of the Thesis Associazione Culturale, who, in accordance to their personal expertise, deal with the organisational, artistic, administrative and institutional aspects of the initiative.
To stage the Festival, the Association employs minimal staff, while a large part of the work is carried out by association’s members, who work for free.