Numbers, details, anecdotes – eighth edition of CartaCarbone – Final report|From 14 to 17 October

Graziani: Never before have we been so euphoric about the results. The presence of people who wanted to film, to meet each other, filled almost all the events.

Events - published on 21 October 2021
Source: CartaCarbone Festival press office
CartaCarbone Festival
VIII edition of the literary festival of Treviso, from 14th to 17th October 2021 “Landscapes”.
Generous poetic marathons, unique the contribution of Stefano Dal Banco in the transmission and knowledge of Maestro Zanzotto’s thought.
Signature copies special for Melania Mazzucco a few steps from the house of Giovanni Comisso, to experience the beauty of the city embraced by another of our literary symbols.
More than 50 events sold out almost everywhere, with eventbrite on a constant waiting list. Authors came from all over Italy, arriving with their families to experience the city’s culture.
Pupi Avati calls us! Only for CartaCarbone.
Treviso, Monday 18 October 2021 | Every beginning of an edition is a jackpot, but never before have we been as euphoric as this time for the result. The presence of people who wanted to
resume, to meet, filled almost all the events, sometimes disappointed because, due to the sold out, they could not book. Many were left on the waiting list for several days. This influx gives us a
great boost to get back into the game for the next edition, which we hope will be less constrained by the pandemic situation.
But we are asking ourselves whether it was precisely this constraint that made it so impactful. There was a sense of depth, certainly due to the quality of the events on the programme, but also
to the situation which, having previously created a sort of vacuum, seems to have boosted the reception. These last two editions have been special; from disorientation to awakening: days of a
decisive turning point. There was a strong need to speak, to say and to listen.
This makes us realise once again that we are social animals. And storytellers.
This is how Bruna Graziani, artistic director of CartaCarbone, balances the eighth edition of the festival, which will have a post-festival dedicated to Zanzotto on 6 November at Ca’
Zenobio in collaboration with Fondazione Cassamarca.
With “Landscapes” we have connected perceived, virtual, augmented reality to poetic, intimate, vibrational reality that is amplified to become collective.
The meeting with the author who personalised the book by signing the copy was a moment experienced in the squares reached by short walks. The authors, who came from all over Italy, were able to
admire Treviso, in these days wrapped in the warmth of the sun. The city was crowded. Hotels, restaurants, cafés, streets and squares spoke of a vitality not seen for a long time. Several authors
came to us from Rome, Val Pusteria, Naples and Milan, accompanied by their families, to experience the city’s climate and culture.
It was only at the last minute that the capacities of the venues that welcomed us – Fondazione Cassamarca, Fondazione Benetton, Loggia dei Cavalieri, Palazzo Rinaldi and the Auditorium
Stefanini, NaturaSì (with a capacity of between 80 and 230 seats) – opened up exactly the day before the start of the festival; despite this, the public fully participated in almost all the events.
At the moment of the final balance, we look for a number to quantify the flow of presences; a number that is not only made up of the spectating public, but grows by taking into account the
speakers, guests and their families who often join in – and never before as in this edition – to experience an immersive weekend. We also include in this number the people on the waiting list that
we were unable to get into the halls; and we add the live streaming that received hundreds of views. We have made a rough estimate taking all this into account and we are approaching an attendance
of almost 8000 contacts.
From the Cassamarca Foundation to the Benetton Foundation, from the Cathedral to the central Loggia dei Cavalieri in Treviso, which has always been the heart of CartaCarbone thanks to the
support of the Municipality of Treviso, this year interpreted the theme by creating a secluded niche, where the stage leaning against Via Martiri della Libertà watched for four days the work of art
– by the artist Vincenzo Marsiglia – that enters the fourteenth-century history, increasing its architecture to reactivate the audience’s attentive index.
An edition that was amplified by the many questions from the audience, in a pervasive and characterising way. From the meeting with Silvia Gavino, editor of a well-known column in a
women’s weekly magazine, in Il Territorio del coraggio: I do a dinosauric job, it is a privilege to be able to speak, – a series of questions were triggered that raised the level of the
exchange: In your opinion, how do you characterise female courage and male courage?
The writer and actor, Adrian Fartade, sold out, establishing a strong involvement of those present, interpreted by a photo shoot for an enthusiastic finale: everyone with open arms,
encouraging the opening of the mind through the channel of scientific dissemination that knows through questions; with a careful look at the balance of feminine and masculine forces.
In the front rows we were honoured to have the presence of authoritative editors of newspapers, poets and researchers who make an important and exclusive contribution to disseminating the thought
of Andrea Zanzotto and his works. Among them, that of Alberto Sinigaglia, today President of the Order of Journalists of Piedmont, who in his career has interviewed many greats of
Many eyes flooded social networks with images of events, faces, moments, photos or videos that they then shared, viralising the CartaCarbone colour range.
Prestigious and unique was the contribution of Stefano Dal Bianco – who edited the Meridiani of Andrea Zanzotto – considered one of the greatest scholars of the poet from Pieve di Soligo.
Dal Bianco also introduced the docufilm Logos Zanzotto by director Denis Brotto, which was screened at the Stefanini Auditorium to a sold-out audience. There we saw him moved.
Stefano Dal Bianco as scholar and poet took care of the marathon, the conference and the round table, giving life to the memory of the Master with a dance of words, recited and transmitted
with the sonority of his voice, accompanying, in collaboration with Paola Bellin, the 30 poets who attended.
CartaCarbone has experimented with new venues, new patronage, new collaborations. For the first time CartaCarbone went overseas with the connection to Argentina during the event A bracciate with
the author of the book Ornella De Piccoli, in connection with the champion protagonist of the book, Barbara Pozzobon and her athletic trainer, telling her experience of the extreme
and dangerous race (57 km swimming) undertaken at the Santa Fe Coronda.
Unesco Dolomites Foundation represented by the Scientific Committee with Dolomiti: bellezza ultraterrena (Dolomites: otherworldly beauty) – to which President Luca Zaia wanted to
contribute with a personal message that was read during the meeting – an event that launched a moving message: The landscape heals us, if we heal it – with important anthropological and
conservation reflections.
CartaCarbone with this event still speaks of connections with the Foundation, the Municipality of Treviso, with the Veneto Region, with Mazzotti Foundation that for the first time takes
the stage thanks to Marco Tonon, vice president of the same that with the anthropologist Annibale Salsa, gave life to the meeting introduced by the Councillor for Culture,
Lavinia Colonna Preti.
Stefano Calabrese‘s Come cambiano le storie (How stories change), presented by Bruna Graziani, literally enraptured the audience at Santa Croce, sold out to the amazement of the
director herself for the complex theme, neuronarrazione, which focuses on the importance of telling one’s own story and listening to the stories of others, as a concrete experience that adds up
to a personal one. A way to create a community of people, a society aware of the development and evolution that reading and writing can offer.
The Cassamarca headquarters in Santa Croce were always full for the events held by Elena Sbrojavacca, who spoke about Roberto Calasso, Alessandro Cinquegrani, with his latest
novel Pensa il risveglio, and Massimiliano Ruggiero, whose Cambio di passo (Change of pace) involved everyone with the story of his experience of the Cammino di Santiago brought as an
approach to the professional world, in which a valuable synthesis emerged: It is with kindness that one can achieve any objective, interior and exterior. At your own pace. – The entire
proceeds from the sale of the books were donated to charity for the “Ragazzi difficili, prospettive vincenti” (difficult boys, winning prospects) project that Ruggiero runs with Tarvisium Rugby.
CartaCarbone in the Treviso of Giovanni Comisso, pays homage to the arrival in the city of the writer Melania Mazzucco who with L’Architettatrice records the sold out dedicating
the book to all women who do not accept compromises to free their creativity; a floral gift at the end of the intervention has ferried a special copy signing which took place a few steps from
the birthplace of Giovanni Comisso: the meeting between two narrative universes of which we are proud.
But above all the satisfaction of Marta Cuscunà, who for the first time at CartaCarbone, with her puppets – as she herself says on social media – is happy to have registered maximum
capacity after the limits imposed by the pandemic.
A special praise to the city’s bookshops, who have stood by us with professionalism, patience and generosity.
We also launched Spritzetti, informal meetings with the authors, conversing over the quintessential Treviso ritual; and the ex-libris produced by the CartaCarbone boys and girls, with which the
various volumes purchased during the festival could be stamped and personalised with landscape images.
And then there’s Claudia, a volunteer with CartaCarbone since this year, who during a moment of pause wonders about something that could become a new starting point for a story: what
happens to our books? Nearby the Loggia held the answers of the staff present, exchanging hypotheses on the end that may have come to the bookshelves of everyone’s life.
Bruna Graziani closed the expression of “Paesaggi” and of the eighth edition of CartaCarbone with a big smile without round, square and staple answers: On the fate of books there is
still much to be written. Whether they are new or used, whether they change hands or lie on the walls of the city’s little bridges, waiting to be welcomed, exchanged or reinterpreted, the
important thing is to give them new vitality, to open them up, to make them talk. And, above all, to make them the protagonists of a big party, as CartaCarbone wanted to be this year.

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