Festival dei Matti

Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi


Friday 26 May
Festival dei Matti

The Festival dei Matti aims at breaking down the physical, social and cultural barriers that confine the mentally ill and at bringing the debate to the attention of the general public. The title of the festival’s eight edition is “Storms” and deals with the common situation in an era of permanent emergency. Among the guests: Roberto Beneduce, Sergio Bertani, Mattia Berto, Giulio Casale, Massimo Cirri, Pietro del Soldà, Antonio Fortarezza, Lucia Goracci, Gianni Montieri, Nadia Terranova, Anna Toscano, Filippo Tuena, and Valentina Pedicini.

Opening of the Festival

With Anna Poma, curator of the festival, Paola Mar, assessora for Tourism in the city of Venice, and Fabio Perocco, professor at Università Ca' Foscari

Contrattempi. "Ma siamo matti?"

A group of students attending the workshop "Contrattemp. Ma siamo matti?" at Università Ca' Foscari present their work and exchange with the public.


Screening of three short films: Era ieri by Valentina Pedicini, Blocco E, IV piano by Sergio Bertani and Le barche sono come i corpi, sono tutte diverse by Antonio Fortarezza.
The filmmakers discuss their work with Marco Bertozzi, professor of Documentary and Experimental Cinema at Università Iuav, and Anna Poma, curator of the festival.

Scampoli di vite

Anna Toscano, poet and author, talks about Janet Frame. Nadia Terranova, author, talks about Cesare Pavese.


Anna Poma, curator of the festival, and Gianni Montieri, poet and author, meet Giulio Casale, musicians and author.


Performance by Francesco Wolf under the direction of Mattia Berto who stages shadows, the question of identity and other.

Talks in Italian
Free entry until capacity is reached