The Festival

The unique Dedica festival has characterised the vibrant landscape of Italian literary events for twenty-eight years. Due to its original formula, which condenses stage performances, conversations, music, art and books into one intense week, the event offers a true insight into the world of the featured author, around whom each edition constructs its own specific itinerary. Dedica thus offers the public the opportunity to reflect on the personality of the guest chosen as dedicatee, in order to gain insight into their thoughts, cultural contexts and the various art forms that the different means of expression are able to reveal from their literary work.


The 29th edition of Dedica Festival will have the French writer Maylis de Kerangal as its featured author.

An author of great, profound sensitivity, she is considered one of the most important names in contemporary literature. Her novels span different fields and contexts and always have strong connections with reality. Her highly personal writing style is fast-paced and makes use of a broad variety of language, the fruit of meticulous research where specialised components end up fuelling the narrative, encouraging reflection and furthering knowledge that is not only technical but also, and more importantly, emotional.


Devised and curated by Thesis Associazione Culturale, the Dedica project is sponsored by public institutions and bodies – in particular by the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Municipality of Pordenone, the Fondazione Friuli foundation – and is staged with the support of important private entities and special partners: Servizi CGN, COOP Alleanza 3.0, UnipolSai – AssiLab Previdenza and Servizi Pordenone, and BCC Pordenonese e Monsile.


The 2023 edition of the festival has also obtained the Patronage of the Ministry of Culture, the Embassy of France in Italy and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, the University of Udine and the Alpen-Adria Universität of Klagenfurt.


The Festival is currently curated by Claudio Cattaruzza.