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Theme: Desert

This event occurred on
November 26, 2016
6:00pm - 10:00pm CET
(UTC +1hr)
Bari, Puglia

The desert is a physical and idealized place, well-established in the collective imagination and yet open to multiple interpretations. First and foremost it is an image that recalls far and boundless landscapes, arid and uninhabited areas whose exotic and wild nature has the power to exert a deep fascination. But the desert is also an idea that makes sense in many other different fields such as anthropology, sociology, ecology, economics, spirituality and technology. In literature, cinema and more generally in the art world, the desert has become a subject matter in its own right.

Teatro Petruzzelli
Corso Cavour, 12
Bari, Puglia, 70122
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Visual Artist
Andreco, visual artist and environmental engineer PhD, works between Rome, Bologna and New York City. His research is focused on the relation between humans and nature and between the built environment and the natural landscape.

Cinéma du Désert

Francesca Truzzi and João Meirinhos are volunteers of NGO “Bambini nel Deserto”. In 2010 they joined the organization creating the “Truck Team” and starting the project “Cinema du Desert”.

Francesca Borri

Francesca Borri is a war correspondent specialized in the Middle East. Her reports from Syria and Iraq have been translated into 21 languages. She lives in Baghdad.

Guido Segni

Italian artist Guido Segni works at the intersection between art, media and digital culture. He has exhibited in major festivals, museums and galleries around the world (MAXXI Rome, Venice Biennale).

Jaha Dukureh

Jaha Dukureh is the Founder and Executive Director of “Safe Hands for Girls”, an NPO protecting young women who are at risk of FGM. She is one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2016.

Leigh-Ann Bedal

Leigh-Ann Bedal is a US archaeologist, director of the Petra Garden and Pool Complex archaeological excavation in Jordan. She is Associate Professor of anthropology at Penn State Behrend, USA.

Luca Parmitano

Luca Parmitano, ESA astronaut and Italian Air Force Lt Col, protagonist of “Volare”, the first long-term ASI mission, has been the first Italian ever to perform an extravehicular activity.

Martina Caironi

Martina Caironi is a Paralympic athlete, world record holder in the 100 metres. Gold medallist at the Paralympics London 2012 and Rio 2016, she has been the Italian flag bearer at Rio 2016.

Matt Nava

Game Designer
Matt Nava is the Creative Director and Co-Founder of Giant Squid Studios. Previously Art Director at thatgamecompany, he is behind award winning video games such as Flower, Journey and ABZÛ.

Riccardo Onori

Riccardo Onori is an Italian musician. He plays guitar in the band of Lorenzo Jovanotti since 2000.

Rosalba Bonaccorsi

Rosalba Bonaccorsi is a scientist working at the SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center. She studies the habitability of mineralogical Mars analogs, working in the driest regions worldwide.

Vinicio Capossela

Vinicio Capossela is an Italian singer-songwriter. His style is strongly influenced by US singer and songwriter Tom Waits, though it also draws from the traditions of Italian folk music.

Organizing team


Bari, Italy
  • Flavia Tritto
  • Giovanna dell'Erba
  • Nicola Curzio
  • Silvia Milani