Festival Internazionale
di Letteratura a Venezia
29 March 1 April 2023

Incroci di civiltà's Project 2023

Incroci di civiltà's Prize

Ever since its first edition, Incroci di civiltà has awarded the most significant author attending the Festival with a prize, originally titled BAUER - Ca' Foscari, today Prize Incroci di civiltà - Ca' Foscari.

Listed below are the winners of the past editions

2022 Boris Chersonskij 2015 James Ivory

2021 Nicole Kraus        2014 Patrizia Cavalli                            

2020 non attribuito     2013 Adonis

2019 Jonathan Coe    2012 António Damásio

2018 Ian McEwan        2011 Sir V.S. Naipaul

2017 Orhan Pamuk     2010 Ludmila Ulitskaya

2016 Amin Maalouf     2009 Yves Bonnefoy

Incroci di civiltà book series

The book series ‘Incroci di civiltà’, which was launched nel 2018 in collaboration with Libreria Editrice Cafoscarina, publishes guest authors of the Incroci di civiltà Festival who are little known or have never been translated in Italian, as recommended by the professors of the two Language Departments at Ca’ Foscari University. In 2023 Telegramma e Fatima e altri racconti by Diana Hambardzumyan was published by Libreria Editrice Cafoscarina and edited by Sona Haroutyunian.

Other Title in the series:

Amir Alagić, Oltre la collina e altri racconti, a cura di Marija Bradaš (2022)Sepideh Siyāvashi, Il palazzo di mezzanotte, a cura di Simone Cristoforetti e Michele Marelli (2022)James Noël, Brexit, a cura di Giuseppe Sofo (2019)Aaron Poochigian, Vagabondo a Manhattan, tr. it. di Mattia Ravasi (2019)Igor Vishnevetsky, Leningrad, tr. it. di Daniela Rizzi, Luisa Ruvoletto e di alcuni studenti magistrali di Lingua russa (2019)Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Il cortile nello specchio. Bicicletta sul ghiaccio, tr. it. di Stefania Sbarra (2018) Mohamed Moksidi, Il guardiano del nulla e altre poesie, tr. it. di Simone Sibilio (2018)

Volunteer students

Throughout the Festival, some students collaborating with Radio Ca’ Foscari will attend the conversations with the authors. They will review books and, armed with microphones and recorders, will interview the protagonists of the Festival and the audience.

Incroci di civiltà on air

Over the years, many students of Ca' Foscari University of Venice have collaborated with Incroci di civiltà, helping out in many different ways. Their presence and dedication have been crucial for the success of the festival.

Special Projects

Join our staff @Incrocidiciviltà2023

Organised by Ca'rte Lab, offers a teaching activity to secondary school pupils, which is part of the package of common skills and orientation courses provided by the University.

From March 27 through April 1, 20 students of the Francesco Algarotti tourism-management school will have the chance of putting into practice what they learned in class, and of acquiring new skills, by participating in the organisation of the festival.


A Teaching art-lab 

Has been organised by Ca'rte Lab in collaboration with the City Museums Fundation MUVE for children aged between 6 to 11 and their families.

On April 1, at 5 pm at Ca' Foscari (Dorsoduro 3246, Calle Larga Foscari, 30123 Venezia) there will be the lab. "Snark??! The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll," organised by Angela Bianco with Daniela Almansi. 

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) is well-known for his masterpiece, Alice in Wonderland, but few people know him as the author of a little poetic jewel, The Hunting of the Snark, a witty nonsense poem published in Britain for the time in 1876, now translated in rhyming verses into Italian by Daniela Almansi and published by Orecchio Acerbo press.

Free entrance

Related Projects

Writers in Conversation - Verso Incroci

From 9 to 22 March a new edition of Verso Incroci, the traditional programme to approach the topics and authors of the International Literary Festival Incroci di civiltà, takes place, promoted by Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, with the collaboration of Dedica Festival Pordenone, Festival dei Matti Venezia, Fondazione di Venezia,Una montagna di libri.


Organised by

Ufficio Promozione Culturale

Università Ca’ Foscari

Translation in Conversation - Writers in Conversation

Translators in Conversation is a series of meetings which focus on the translators within the cultural and publishing context in Italy. Translators from many European languages into Italian interact with Ca’ Foscari’s teachers and students, and the general public.

Writers in Conversation

The series Writers in Conversation takes place throughout the Academic year offering the occasion for the public to converse informally with writers, translators, journalists and artists and to discuss with them the main social and cultural issues of our days.

Waterlines - Literary and artistic residences in Venice

Waterlines is an artistic and literary residency project run jointly by Ca’ Foscari International College and the Venice Foundation, in partnership also with San Servolo srl until 2022. By combining literature with other arts, the project is meant to reaffirm the role of Venice as a place of cultural production through an artistic residency experience. Waterlines invites authors from all over the world to reside in Santa Marta Camplus of and interact with the public and the students of the International College, a Ca’ Foscari excellence programme, within the spaces offered by the Camplus, the Venice Foundation, and Ca’ Foscari University.

After Billy Kahora, Hanif Kureishi, Nataša Dragnic, Mayank Austen Soofi, Amin Maalouf, Nathalie Handal, Damir Imamovic, Igiaba Scego, Dayanita Singh, Michele Gazich, Maaza Mengiste and Josh “Socalled” Dolgin, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Deepak Unnikrishnan, Albert Ostermaier, Guadalupe Nettel, Frank Westerman, Christina Viragh, Christopher Bollen, Ulla Lenze and Boris Chersonskij, on the occasion of Incroci di civiltà 2023, the writer Jonathan Coe will join Waterlines for two workshops, dedicated to the students of the - International College.

In the previous editions, writers in residence have worked with various artists and professionals, including Serena Nono, Giorgia Fiorio, Matteo Alemanno, Lucio Schiavon,Michela Lorenzano, Fabio Visentin, Marco Borghi, Domenico Casagrande, Luigi Armiato, Fiora Gaspari, Marco Lamberti, Rino Bianchi, Claudio Rado, Sabina Bakholdina, Alberto Belli and Valentina Talamini, Daniela Iride Murgia, Gholam Najafi, Michele De Vita Conti, Nicola Moretti, Alvise Bittente, Marco Castelli, Roberto Tiraboschi, Leona Stahlmann and Usama Al Shahmani, besides professors and experts such as Marco Borghi, Domenico Casagrande, Luigi Armiato, Fiora Gaspari, Margherita Cannavacciuolo, Alice Favaro, Lucio Capitani and Gregory Dowling.

Further information can be found at www.waterlinesproject.com and on the dedicated Facebook page.