Conducted by Federica Manzon


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Event also broadcast live on the Dedica Festival YouTube Channel

In keeping with tradition, the festival starts with a conversation with the featured author. Writer Federica Manzon will talk to Paolo Rumiz and introduce the public to him and his variegated cultural universe.

Further detailed information and original content will be featured in the monograph accompanying the festival: an interview by Federica Manzon with the writer, texts by Alessandro Mezzena Lona, Alessandro de Calò, Gregory Conti, Emilio Rigatti and two pieces by Paolo Rumiz exclusively for Dedica, Anatomia di un bloc notes and L’Europa spiegata a mio nipote.

The Dedica a Paolo Rumiz publication, edited by Claudio Cattaruzza, is on sale during the event or on this website shop.


Federica Manzon 

The writer Federica Manzon was born in Pordenone and lives and works between Turin, Milan and Trieste. She holds a degree in Contemporary Philosophy and has published short stories in the magazine «Nuovi Argomenti». She is the author of the novels Come si dice addio (2008), Di fama e di sventura (2011), for which she won the Rapallo Carige Prize for women’s literature and the Campiello Selection Prize of the Jury of Literary Experts, La nostalgia degli altri (2017) and Il bosco del confine (2020). She edited the anthology I mari di Trieste (2015). After her experience as an editor of foreign fiction with Mondadori, she is currently head of education for the Holden School in Turin.



Official ceremony

In an official ceremony, the protagonist of Dedica 2021 receives the Seal of the City of Pordenone, a prestigious award conferred on “persons recognized for their extraordinary social, cultural and political achievements”.

Internationally-acclaimed personages awarded the City Seal during previous Dedica festivals include Amin Maalouf, Vassilis Vassilikos, Assja Djebar, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Anita Desai, Amos Oz, Nadine Gordimer, Paul Auster, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Cees Nooteboom, Wole Soyinka, Javier Cercas, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Luis Sepúlveda, Yasmina Khadra, Björn Larsson, Atiq Rahimi, Gioconda Belli.


The City Seal

Features an open door showing the river Noncello, with twin golden crowns overlooking it. The door symbolises the town’s importance as a harbour that guaranteed connection and trade with Venice and the Adriatic sea. The twin golden crowns point at the total judiciary sovereignty of the town.

The open door has now become the symbol of an open-minded town, eager to take part to cultural exchanges with the consideration and curiosity that every citizen must possess when approaching different cultures.

Saturday 16 October, 16:30

Teatro Comunale Giuseppe Verdi

Pordenone - viale Franco Martelli, 2

Free entry, current Covid-19 regulations apply.
Tickets with choice of numbered seat are available from 8 October from the Teatro Verdi in Pordenone and on-line at


Event also broadcast live on the Dedica Festival YouTube Channel