International Festival of Journalism, Perugia
Perugia will once again host the yearly information event promoted by the International Festival of Journalism. The ninth edition will begin on 15 April and offer its public five days of fascinating events till 19 April.
This year's programme was presented in Rome in March and features some 100 events and several thousand of guests: meetings, debates, workshops, documentaries, books and evenings at the theatre will fill the calendar of the festival, now the most important media event in all of Europe.
The festival was conceived in 2006 by its founders, Arianna Ciccone and Christopher Potter, to talk about journalism, information and freedom of the press in a non-traditional forum, and its strength lies in the originality of the model it is based on. Inspired by the ideas and proposals of all of the participants – be they professional reporters, readers or students – it gives shape to the flow of reflections this sort of exchange generates: a formula that makes this open and free encounter of opinions and international cultures all the more lively.
The Festival takes place in the historical centre of Perugia, in its theatres and auditoriums, conference halls and the streets of the city, which during the five-day event enjoys the same atmosphere and cultural bustle that are its driving force and invite participation.
The Special Guest this year is Edward Snowden: the protagonist of the well-known Datagate scandal. He will talk about his experiences, discuss topics of privacy and journalism, surveillance and information. This main event will be accompanied by a series of other current events themes, all of which have one goal: to inform, involve and debate, to look at every complex aspect of journalism.
The slogan of the Festival, which is a reflection of its raison d'être, is "everyone can learn from everyone". It is not a challenge, it is a firm conviction.
The complete programme of events is available on the official website: www.festivaldelgiornalismo.com.