The Festival

The unique Dedica festival has characterised the vibrant landscape of Italian literary events for twenty-nine 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 30th edition of the festival is dedicated to Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Spanish writer and journalist.
His literary production is characterised by the elegance of his writing and the masterful way in which he manages to merge History with fiction, placing alongside great characters who actually existed complex and fascinating figures created by his imagination. The resulting stories are engaging and filled with suspense but also with erudition, receiving praise from a number of critics, who defined them as “magnificent cultural thrillers”.
Pérez-Reverte says of himself: “I am a professional storyteller. I seek to give an account of the world I see through the eyes of my characters. I know that readers have different tastes and cultures, that is my challenge. Writing fiction stories is not soul-wrenching, it is the ability to tell, using the mind and reason, not the heart and sentiment. I don´t write to survive depression, I write because I love doing it.”

 

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 PromoTurismoFVG, 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,  Crédit Agricole, UnipolSai – AssiLab Previdenza e Servizi Pordenone, and BCC Pordenonese e Monsile.

 

The 2024 edition of the festival has also obtained the Patronage of the Ministry for Culture, the Embassy of Spain in Italy, the Instituto Cervantes in Milan, the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, the Alpen-Adria University in Klagenfurt and the University of Udine, through cooperation with the Department of Languages and Literature, Communications, Education and Society.

 

The Festival is currently curated by Claudio Cattaruzza.