Festival Internazionale
di Letteratura a Venezia
3 6 Aprile 2019

Waterlines - Writers and artists in residence in Venice

Waterlines is an artistic and literary residency project run jointly by Ca’ Foscari International College, the Venice Foundation and San Servolo Srl. 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 on the island of San Servolo and interact with the public and the students of the International College, a Ca’ Foscari excellence programme, within the spaces offered by San Servolo, the Venice Foundation, and the University. Over the course of their residency, the writers collaborate with local artists and professionals to create a new work, thus eventually leaving a sign of their efforts and experience in Venice. 

After Billy Kahora, Hanif Kureishi, Nataša Dragnic ́, Mayank Austen Soofi, Amin Maalouf, Nathalie Handal, Damir Imamovic ́, Igiaba Scego, Dayanita Singh, Michele Gazich, Maaza Mengiste, Josh “Socalled” Dolgin, Ngu ̃gi ̃ wa Thiong’o, Deepak Unnikrishnan and Albert Ostermaier, on the occasion of Incroci di civiltà 2019,  Guadalupe Nettel will join Waterlines for two special events, to be held on Monday 8 April at 3.30 pm and on Thursday 11 April at 4.00 pm at Fondazione di Venezia. 

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, Valentina Talamini, Daniela Iride Murgia, Gholam Najafi and Michele De Vita Conti.

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

Incroci di civiltà on air

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, they will interview the protagonists of the Festival and the audience. Their work represents the culmination of the seminar "Cultura alla radio" taught by Pietro Del Soldà (author and broadcaster for Radio 3 Rai).

Volunteer students

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.

Verso Incroci - Incontri in attesa di Incroci di civiltà

From 7 to 28 March a new edition of Verso Incroci, the traditional programme to approach the topics and authors of the International Literary Festival Incroci di civiltà, will be held in collaboration with Ateneo Veneto, Campus Treviso Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, CartaCarbone Festival Treviso, CFZ Ca' Foscari Zattere, Consolato generale di Svizzera a Milano - Consolato di Svizzera a Venezia, Dedica Festival Pordenone, Fondazione Enrico Mattei, Fondazione svizzera per la Cultura Pro Helvetia, Il libro con gli stivali - libreria per persone in crescita, T Fondaco dei Tedeschi - DFS and with the patronage of Città di Treviso.

Incroci di civiltà book series

The book series ‘Incroci di civiltà’, which was launched last year 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 Italy, as recommended by the professors of the two Language Departments at Ca’ Foscari University (Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies and Department of Asian and North African Studies). This year it presents two new volumes: the first is Leningrad by the Russian writer Igor Vishnevetsky, edited by Daniela Rizzi and Luisa Ruvoletto, coordinators of the postgraduate students of Russian who translated the work; the second is the collection of poems Vagabondo a Manhattan by the American writer Aaron Poochigian, edited by Mattia Ravasi, former Ca’ Foscari student, who translated the text supervised by prof. Gregory Dowling.

The first two volumes of the series are:
Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Il cortile nello specchio. Bicicletta sul ghiaccio, bilingual version, translated by Stefania Sbarra (Incroci di civiltà series n.1, Cafoscarina, 2018);
Mohamed Moksidi, Il guardiano del nulla e altre poesie, bilingual version, translated by Simone Sibilio (Incroci di civiltà series n.2, Cafoscarina, 2018).

Dinner with the authors

Thursday, April 4 at 8.00 pm, the audience will have the chance to dine with Jonathan Coe, Manuel Vilas and Sjón, guest authors of Incroci di civiltà, at the Riviera Restaurant (Fondamenta Zattere Al Ponte Lungo, 1473, 30123, Venice). Dinner reservations, at the set price of 50 euros, can be made by calling +39 041 5227621 or on the restaurant website (www.ristoranteriviera.it) by April 2. Given the special occasion and the limited availability, we kindly ask you to indicate your menu preference (either meat or fish) and agree on a deposit which will be given back in case of cancellation by April 4 at 3.00 pm. Any cancellation must be communicated exclusively via email. For any further information please contact the restaurant at +39 041 5227621.

Premio BAUER - Ca' Foscari

Ever since its first edition, Incroci di civiltà has awarded the BAUER – Ca’ Foscari prize to the most significant author participating in the Festival. The award represents the successful collaboration between the city of Venice and Ca’ Foscari University, made possible by Francesca Bortolotto Possati, CEO of Hotel BAUER Venezia, which offers the Festival guests five-star hospitality. Listed below are the winners of the past editions of the Festival:

2018 Ian McEwan         2013 Adonis

2017 Orhan Pamuk      2012 António Damásio

2016 Amin Maalouf      2011 Sir V.S. Naipaul

2015 James Ivory         2010 Ludmila Ulitskaya

2014 Patrizia Cavalli    2009 Yves Bonnefoy

Premio BAUER - Giovani

The tenth anniversary of the Festival sees the return of the BAUER - Giovani prize. In previous years, it went to Igiaba Scego, an Italian writer of Somali origins, to the Egyptian blogger, Ghada Abdel Aal, to the Argentinian writer Mariana Enriquez and to the Spanish writer Eugenia Rico.

Special Mention “Imprese per la Cultura” BAUER – Ca’ Foscari

In addition to the traditional BAUER – Ca’ Foscari award, Incroci di civiltà is also offering the Special Mention “Imprese per la Cultura.” The aim is to draw attention to Italian enterprises that make the valorization of culture a central aspect of their entrepreneurial activities and of their relationship with the local community. The 2018 recipient was Famiglia Nonino.

Friends of Incroci di civiltà

The organizations, institutions, and companies which have made Incroci di civiltà possible are numerous, and so are those who wish to associate their names or the names of their companies with the Festival, due to its increasing prestige, its popularity, and the current global relevance of its theme. Friends of Incroci di civiltà was born with the precise aim of offering an immediately recognisable and visible space to those enlightened persons who are actively committed to the promotion of culture.

Writers in residence

The German author Carl-Christian Elze is a writer in residence thanks to the Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani; the Mexican author Guadalupe Nettel is a writer in residence thanks to Waterlines - Residenze letterarie e artistiche a Venezia; the Chinese author Su Tong is a writer in residence thanks to the Istituto Confucio Venezia, while the Icelandic author Sjón is a guest artist of the residency programme Marie’s Project, in memory of Marie Brandolini, curated by Beit Venezia. Casa della Cultura Ebraica and by Casa delle Parole, in collaboration with Mishkenot Sha'ananim, Jerusalem.