Opening of the Festival with Arturo Pérez-Reverte
conducted by Bruno Arpaia


to follow:

Official ceremony

As is tradition, the festival is opened by a conversation with the featured author. Speaking with him will be writer and translator Bruno Arpaia, who will introduce the audience to Arturo Pérez-Reverte and his variegated literary universe.
Additional insights and unpublished content can be found in the monograph accompanying the festival. These include an interview with the writer conducted by Bruno Arpaia, a text by literary critic Rafael Narbona and three writings by Arturo Pérez-Reverte published for the first time in Italy.
The monograph volume Dedica a Arturo Pérez-Reverte, edited by Bruno Arpaia and Claudio Cattaruzza, is on sale (€10.00) during the event or on this website.


Bruno Arpaia
Born in 1957 in Ottaviano in the province of Naples, Bruno Arpaia, a novelist, journalist, publishing consultant and translator of Spanish and Latin American literature, has published several books translated into many languages. These include: Tempo perso (Hammett Italia Prize 1997), The Angel of History (Premio Selezione Campiello 2001, Premio Alassio Centolibri – Un autore per l’Europa 2001 award), The Past ahead of us (Premio Napoli and Premio Letterario Giovanni Comisso 2006), Per una sinistra reazionaria (2007), The Vacuum Energy (shortlisted for the 2011 Strega Prize and winner of the Merck-Serono Prize), La cultura si mangia! with Pietro Greco (2013), The Adventure of Writing Novels with Javier Cercas (2013), Before the Battle (2014), Something, Out There (2016), The Fact Ghost (2020), Luis Sepúlveda. Rebel, Dreamer (2021), and And Who Are You? (2023).


Official ceremony


In an official ceremony, the protagonist of Dedica 2024 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, Paolo Rumiz, Mathias Énard and Maylis de Kerangal.


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 March, 16:30

Teatro Comunale Giuseppe Verdi

Pordenone - Viale Franco Martelli, 2

Reservation with ticket for free admission and numbered seat, available at:
– the festival ticket office at Musicatelli, Pordenone
– online at
– the Teatro Verdi ticket office from 3.00 pm on the same day as the event.


Further information available on the Information page.