2017 Edition

Guests

Alex Bellini

Alex Bellini

Alex Bellini (Aprica, 1978) is an explorer, motivational speaker and performance coach. His latest feat involved crossing the Vatnajokull glacier in Iceland, the largest in Europe, in 2017.

Biography and events

He has spent the last 14 years exploring the most hostile environments on earth. He has run the Marathon des Sables (2001), in the Sahara desert, walked a total of 2,000 kilometres across Alaska (2002 and 2003), rowed 11,000 km alone across the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean (2005) and 18,000 km across the Pacific Ocean, from Peru to Australia (2008). In 2011 he ran 5,300 km across the USA from Los Angeles to New York, in 70 days. In 2017 he crossed the Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe (Iceland), on skis and by sledge in 13 days. He is a performance coach, in which role he has supported athletes in different sports disciplines and professional figures to help them obtain the best possible performance. He is following university courses in psychology.

Enrico Brizzi

Enrico Brizzi

Enrico Brizzi (Bologna, 1974) is an Italian writer known for his pulp novels and trekking journeys.

Biography and events

In 1994 he won the competition for new writers promoted by the monthly magazine King and published his first novel Jack Frusciante è uscito dal gruppo, translated into 24 languages and made into a film in 1996. He subsequently published the pulp novel Bastogne, followed in 1998 by Tre ragazzi immaginari. Together with the noir fiction writer Lorenzo Marzaduri he wrote L'altro nome del rock and Razorama (2003). He came back into the limelight in 2005 with Nessuno lo saprà. Viaggio a piedi dall'Argentario al Conero, a novel inspired by personal experience the previous year. In summer 2006 he made a new journey, from Canterbury to Rome, along the route of the Via Francigena: the experience, which lasted three months, was recounted in a report published by the weekly magazine "L'Espresso" in five episodes.

Paolo Cognetti

Paolo Cognetti

Paolo Cognetti (Milan, 1978) is an Italian writer, winner of Lo Straniero Prize in 2009. His first novel Le otto montagne (Einaudi, 2016), published in 30 countries, became a literary sensation.

Biography and events

He graduated from the Civica Scuola di Cinema in Milan in 1999 and founded the production company Cameracar. In subsequent decades he concerned himself with making documentaries on social, political and literary subjects. He made his debut as an author in 2004, with the anthology La qualità dell'aria, which was followed by two collections of stories (2004 and 2007) and the “story novel” Sofia si veste sempre di nero (2012), for which he won numerous prizes. In November 2016 his first novel Le otto montagne was published by Einaudi, becoming an international success. He is also the author of documentaries and investigative reports on recent American literature.

Mauro Corona

Mauro Corona

Mauro Corona (Baselga di Piné, 1950) is an Italian writer, mountaineer and woodcarver.

Biography and events

A woodcarver, he has dedicated his life to climbing: he has climbed numerous Italian and foreign mountains, opening up over 300 climbing routes in the Oltrepiave region in the Dolomites. He has written various books, some of which bestsellers, translated into several languages. In his works Corona recounts the life and traditions of towns in the Vajont valley, dealing with man’s relationship with his roots and with steady economic and technological progress. He won the Bancarella Prize in 2011 and the Mario Rigoni Stern Prize in 2014. In 2016 he also won the Environmental Award at the 29th Tignano Festival of the Environment and Encounter Between Peoples. His latest book, Quasi niente (Chiarelettere, Milano 2017), written together with Luigi Maieron, reflects on modern legends of success, victory at all costs and enrichment. He lives in Casso, in the province of Pordenone, where his parents originally came from.

Giuseppe De Rita

Giuseppe De Rita

Giuseppe De Rita (Rome, 1932) is an Italian sociologist and columnist for Corriere della Sera.

Biography and events

After graduating in Law, in 1964 he was one of the founders of Censis (Centro studi investimenti sociali), becoming its President in 2007. He was Chairman of CNEL from 1989 to 2000. He is a member of Fondazione Italia USA and a member of the management board of the Fondazione Courmayeur, currently holding the role of President. He is a regular contributor and columnist for Corriere della Sera, and participates at important conferences and debates on the current situation and trends in Italian society. In 2004 he received an honorary degree in Communication Science from IULM University.

Fausto De Stefani

Fausto De Stefani

Fausto De Stefani (Asola, 1952) is one of the strongest climbers in Italy and in the world. Today he dedicates his time to children around the planet, managing projects and constructing schools in Nepal.

Biography and events

«Being human is a difficult job: only a few succeed». Fausto De Stefani is one of those who have succeeded. A man of great humanity, his life has been spent serving others. One of the best mountaineers, capable of climbing all fourteen eight-thousanders in alpine style, today he dedicates his time to children around the world. In Kirtipur in Nepal, De Stefani has successfully achieved his goal of building no less than four schools, today welcoming a thousand children. The Rarahil project will be completed with the creation of health facilities.

Marco Albino Ferrari

Marco Albino Ferrari

Marco Albino Ferrari was born in Milan in 1965. He founded and edits the Meridiani Montagne magazine. He has edited the monthly magazine Alp and worked with the Einaudi publishing house.

Biography and events

Marco Albino Ferrari was born in Milan in 1965. He founded and edits the Meridiani Montagne magazine. He has edited the monthly magazine Alp and worked with the Einaudi publishing house. In the 1990s he edited the Licheni series. He has created numerous radio programmes, documentaries and theatre performances.
His books include Frêney 1961 (Vivalda, 1996; Corbaccio, 2009), Il vuoto alle spalle, storia di Ettore Castiglioni (Corbaccio, 2000), Terraferma (Corbaccio, 2002), In viaggio sulle Alpi (Einaudi, 2009), La sposa dell’aria (Feltrinelli, 2010), Alpi segrete (Laterza, 2011), Racconti di pareti e scalatori (editor, Einaudi, 2011) and La via del lupo (Laterza, 2012). He writes for La Stampa.

Umberto Guidoni

Umberto Guidoni

Umberto Guidoni (Rome, 1954) is an Italian astronaut, astrophysicist, writer and communicator. He participated in two NASA missions and was the first European astronaut to visit the International Space Station.

Biography and events

Umberto Guidoni is an Italian astronaut, astrophysicist, writer and communicator. He participated in two NASA missions, making his first space flight in 1996, on board the Space Shuttle Columbia. The second was in 2001, with the Space Shuttle Endeavour, during which he was the first European to board the International Space Station (ISS). He was a member of various European Parliament commissions between 2004 and 2009. He presented two series of the radio programme “Alle 8 della sera” (Radio 2 – RAI) dedicated to space: Dallo Sputnik allo Shuttle and Dalla Terra alla Luna, from which two books with the corresponding titles were drawn. He has written innumerable articles, children’s books and edited columns dedicated to space.

Sebastian Halenke

Sebastian Halenke

Sebastian Halenke (Giengen an der Brenz, 1995) is a German climber.

Biography and events

He began competing in national and international competitions in 2013. In the space of a few years he established himself as one of the strongest young climbers in the world, winning the IFSC Climbing World Cup in 2016.

Margo Hayes

Margo Hayes

Margo Hayes (Boulder, 1998) is an American rock climber, known for having made the first female ascent of La Rambla (9a+) in Siruana, Spain.

Biography and events

She grew up with the Rocky Mountains in her backyard, and now spends the majority of her time dedicated to her sport. At the age of 10, Margo joined Team ABC under the tutelage of Robyn Erbesfield Raboutou. Margo excelled at the sport, and now competes nationally and internationally as part of the US National Team. Her commitment and determination led to her proudest climbing accomplishment to date: on February, 7 2017, after 7 days of work, Margo made the first female ascent of La Rambla (9a+) in Siruana, Spain.

Lynn Hill

Lynn Hill

Lynn Hill (Detroit, 1961) is an American climber, winner of four editions of the Rock Master, and famous for having made the first free ascent of The Nose on El Capitan.

Biography and events

She has participated in sport climbing competitions, route climbing, bouldering and long routes. She began climbing on granite in the Yosemite Park and in Joshua Tree in 1975 at the age of fourteen with her sister. From then on she dedicated herself to climbing in the Yosemite Park, first with Charlie Row and then with John Long. In 1985 she travelled to the south of France and Italy in Europe in search of limestone. She also participated in Sportroccia 85, the first international sport climbing competition, won by Catherine Destivelle. She participated in climbing competitions up to 1992: she dominated the first editions of Rock Master, obtaining five victories, with four consecutive wins. She is particularly famous for making the first free ascent of The Nose on El Capitan in 1993. Since 2005 she has organised the Lynn Hill Climbing Camps.

Thomas Huber

Thomas Huber

Thomas Huber (Pallin, 1966) is a German climber, mountaineer and mountain guide.

Biography and events

The brother of Alexander Huber, he is famous for extreme climbs all over the world, from the Alps and the Karakorum to El Capitan and the Antarctic, mostly together with his brother. In 2001 he won the Piolet d'Or prize for having opened a new route on the north pillar of the Shivling, together with the Swiss climber Iwan Wolf. In 2008 he succeeded in achieving the spectacular feat of climbing all three of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo in succession, linking demanding ascents to BASE jumps. In 2009 he succeeded in making the first free ascent of the Eternal Flame on the Nameless Tower, Torri di Trango, together with Alexander.

Gert Judmaier

Gert Judmaier

Gert Judmaier (Inssbruck, *) is an Austrian doctor and climber.

Biography and events

The fact that he is still alive today is in itself a miracle. In September 1970 Gert Judmaier suffered an open fracture to his right tibia during the descent from the 5199 metre summit of Mount Kenya. With unprecedented teamwork, and thanks to the contribution of the local alpine club and the Kenyan police force, Gert Judmaier was brought to safety after a week.

Igor Koller

Igor Koller

Igor Koller (Czechoslovakia, 1952) is a mountaineer, free climber, boulderer and the greatest ever Slovakian climber.

Biography and events

His activities are extremely diverse, ranging from climbing on sandstone, limestone and granite to ascents in the Himalayas, completing numerous first ascents. He was one of the main forerunners in the development of the free climbing and bouldering movement, anticipating the transfer of climbing techniques typical of free climbing to the mountains. In Italy and Europe his name has become famous thanks to the by now legendary ascent of the “Via attraverso il Pesce”, the first grade 7 route in the Alps, but he has also opened many equally interesting and difficult routes throughout the alpine region. In addition, he has been involved in numerous free climbing ascents, being one of the first climbers to retrace the great alpine routes of the past using the free climbing technique. He is currently President of the Slovakian Alpine Club and lives in Bratislava.

Antoine Le Menestrel

Antoine Le Menestrel

Antoine Le Menestrel (Parigi, 1965) is a French climber and dancer, known for his danse-escalade performances.

Biography and events

He was one of the strongest climbers in the 1980s, subsequently focusing on artistic performances combining dance and climbing, known as danse-escalade. He has worked with the companies Les Pietons, Allegro Barbaro, Artonik, Décor Sonor, Olivier Farge, Générik Vapeur, Ilotopie, Kumulus, Le Phun, Tout Samba'l, Théâtre en vol and Roméo Castelucci. He currently performs with the company “Lézards bleus”. He was coach for the French national climbing team and an instructor for the state climbing and instructor’s license in the context of FAI AIR (Formation Avancée et Itinérante des Arts de la Rue).

Luca Lombroso

Luca Lombroso

Luca Lombroso (Siracusa, 1964) is a weather forecaster, conference speaker and environmental educator, known for his appearances in the talk show “Che tempo che fa” from 2003 to 2007.

Biography and events

He is the technical coordinator of the Geophysical Observatory of DIEF UNIMORE and a weather forecaster. He has written and contributed to various scientific and educational articles, participating in numerous courses and conferences, as well as the major experiment “Mesoscale Alpine Programme” (MAP) in 1999. From 2003 to 2007 he participated in the programme “Che tempo che fa” on Rai 3. Since 2015 he has worked with Licia Colà on the programme Il mondo insieme, on TV 2000. He has written several books, winning the “Bilancia d'Oro” prize (2006), “Un bosco per Kyoto” award (2013), the “Penna d'autore” international literary prize (2013) and in the same year, the “Contropremio Carver”. His latest book CIAO FOSSILI – Cambiamenti Climatici, Resilienza e Futuro Post Carbon won the “Contropremio Carver” in 2016.

Luigi Maieron

Luigi Maieron

Luigi Maieron (Cercivento, 1954) is an Italian singer/songwriter, poet and writer in the Friulian language, winner of the Moret d'Aur Prize.

Biography and events

He published his first official record Anime Femine (female soul) in 1998, with which he won the Moret d'Aur Prize. This was followed by Si vif (2002), Une primavere (2007) and Vino tabacco e cielo (2011). In 2009 he participated in the first edition of the Festival della musica dei territori e dei popoli ID&M - “Identità e Musica” in Milan, together with Davide Van de Sfroos, Francesco De Gregori and other Italian artists. He has written works for the theatre, and together with Mauro Corona he has presented various shows, the last of which in 2010, entitled I fantasmi di pietra. This recounts stories set in Erto, a town abandoned following the landslide of Vajont dam into the lake. He has published numerous articles and books, including his latest, Quasi niente (Chiarelettere, Milan 2017), written jointly with Mauro Corona.

Teresa Mannino

Teresa Mannino

Teresa Mannino (Palermo, 1970) is an Italian comedienne, cabaret artist, actress and television presenter.

Biography and events

After graduating in philosophy, she enrolled in the European acting school of the Teatro Carcano in Milan. She made her debut as a stand-up comedian, participating in the Channel 5 television programme Zelig, and playing various roles in the theatre, films and commercials. In 2012 her show Terrybilmente Divagante was broadcast on Rai 2. In the same year she hosted the evening programme Se stasera sono qui on La7. In 2013 she joined the cast of Altrimenti ci arrabbiamo. In 2013 and 2014 she presented the new edition of Zelig Circus, returning to the programme as a comedian 2016. In March 2016 her show Sono nata il ventitré was broadcast on Rai 5 with a prime time slot. At the cinema, she has appeared in Amore, bugie & calcetto (2008), La fidanzata di papà (2008), Meno male che ci sei (2009), A Natale mi sposo (2010) and Ex – Amici come prima! (2011), also dubbing the character of Fru Fru in the animated film Zootropolis (2016).

Manolo

Manolo

Maurizio Zanolla, better known as Manolo (Feltre, 1958) is an Italian climber, mountaineer and mountain guide.

Biography and events

Manolo was one of the pioneers of free climbing in Italy and one of the most well-known figures in this sport in Italy. He was the first Italian to climb a grade 8b route with the Ultimo Movimento route in Totoga (Pale di San Martino) in 1986. He has practiced free soloing up to grade 8a, with the Masala Dosa on the San Silvestro crag in 1992. He has never wished to participate in climbing competitions.

Andrea Mellano

Andrea Mellano

Andrea Mellano (Asti, 1934) is an Italian mountaineer and one of the organisers of the first climbing competition held in Bardonecchia in 1985.

Biography and events

Training as a mountaineer with the Gruppo Alta Montagna (GAM) of the UGET (Unione Giovani Escursionisti Torinesi), he began his activities in the valleys near Turin (Lanzo, Orco and Susa) and in Valle d’Aosta. He participated in several expeditions outside Europe (1963-1967), favouring a creative, innovative and extremely difficult form of climbing. Together with the journalist Emanuele Cassarà, Mellano devised and organised the first international climbing competition, taking place in Bardonecchia in 1985. Founder of the FASI (Federazione Arrampicata Sportiva Italiana), of which he was president from 1987 to 1998, he has continued to organise climbing competitions. He has been a member of the Club Alpino Accademico Italiano since 1961. He has written several books on climbing and worked extensively as a freelance journalist from 1967 to 1980, writing for La Stampa and Stampa Sera, Tuttosport and La Gazzetta dello Sport as an expert on climbing.

Reinhold Messner

Reinhold Messner

Born in 1944, he is the most famous climber and adventurer of our era. He has continued to open new horizons as a mountaineer, high altitude climber and extreme explorer.

Biography and events

Born in 1944, he is the most famous climber and adventurer of our era. He has continued to open new horizons as a mountaineer, high altitude climber and extreme explorer. He has recounted his search for self-fulfilment through extreme feats in numerous books. As an author and as a Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004, he has fought for an ecologically sustainable relationship with nature. Messner was the first man to conquer all the 14 eight-thousanders and the first man to climb Everest without oxygen. Messner has crossed Greenland, eastern Tibet, the Antarctic and the Gobi desert on foot. He lives in Juval Castle in the Val Venosta, and in Merano.

Jerome Meyer

Jerome Meyer

Jérôme Meyer (Lons-le-Saunier, 1979) is a French climber, winner of three Bouldering World Cups and now holding a management role in the International Federation of Sport Climbing.

Biography and events

He practices route climbing and bouldering and has competed in bouldering competitions.
The son of mountain enthusiasts, he went skiing and walking in the mountains from an early age. At the age of twelve he began training on climbing walls in Chambéry. This was followed by local and regional competitions and finally by the World Cup circuit. He won the Bouldering World Cup no less than three times (in 2001, 2003 and 2006). He abandoned international competitions in 2008 after the European Championships and since then he has had a management role in the International Federation of Sport Climbing.

Oswald Oelz

Oswald Oelz

Oswald Oelz (Rankweil, 1943) is an Austrian doctor and climber.

Biography and events

He lectures in medicine at the University of Zurich and has participated in numerous expeditions to the Himalayas. In 1970, he attempted to reach the peak of Mount Kenya together with his university colleague Gert Judmaier. His colleague fell and broke his leg, and while Oswald assisted him, the most complex rescue mission in the history of climbing was set in motion, with local rescuers and expert climbers arriving from Austria.

Adam Ondra

Adam Ondra

Adam Ondra (Brno, 1993) is a Czech climber, four times winner of the Salewa Rock Award.

Biography and events

He participates in sport climbing and bouldering competitions, as well as rock climbing. Given his extraordinary results in competitions and on rock faces, he is considered one of the best sports climbers of all time. He has won the Salewa Rock Award four times: in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013. This prize represents a sort of "Oscar for climbing" recognising the man or woman who has made the biggest mark in the field of rock climbing or bouldering in the previous season. The motivation accompanying the prize awarded to Ondra in 2011 was the following: "For the ability to continually raise the level of climbing, surpassing himself and making all climbers dream".

Sandro Orlando

Sandro Orlando

Sandro Orlando (Rome, 1970) is an Italian journalist, writer and art lover.

Biography and events

Sandro Orlando is a journalist and writer with the RCS group. After a 25 year career as foreign correspondent, he now works for Style, the monthly magazine of Corriere della Sera, for which he writes about travel, books and art. He recently took the Trans-Siberian railway from Moscow to Vladivostok to recount the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. In 2016 his reports from all over the world were published in various magazines, such as the Repubblica’s D and Sette, for which he writes. In 2015 he covered Mao’s Long March during the Chinese civil war for the weekly magazine L'Espresso. In 2014 he travelled overland from Istanbul to the Chinese province of Xinjiang, along the new central Asian trading routes. In 2012 he spent two months crossing China, following the route described by Marco Polo in his Travels. In 1990 he worked as a freelancer in Berlin, Sarajevo and Moscow, before moving to Milan. In 2000 he founded the digital magazine Nexplora and joined the editorial team of Corriere Economia, Il Riformista and Il Mondo. He has published three books.

Franco Perlotto

Franco Perlotto

Franco Perlotto (Vicenza, 1957) is a mountaineer, traveller and writer.

Biography and events

He has made several thousand ascents, during a career marked by 42 new routes, of which 10 solo, 63 solo ascents, of which 24 first solo and 15 first winter ascents. He is an expert in development cooperation and he has coordinated humanitarian projects in Afghanistan, the Palestinian area, Sri Lanka, Bosnia, South Sudan, Ruanda, Congo and Chad. He lived with the Yanomami tribe in Amazonia for three years, and for four years he coordinated a Foreign Ministry programme to combat forest fires. He has been awarded an honorary degree in education and environmental communication. He writes for Italian and international newspapers and has published various books. He currently manages the small mountain hut, Boccalatte, perched on the Grandes Jorasses (Mont Blanc).

Robert Peroni

Robert Peroni

Robert Peroni (Koblenstein, 1944), a climber and explorer, is one of the greatest experts on the Arctic. At the age of forty he abandoned everything and moved to Greenland, where he campaigns for the rights of the Inuit people.

Biography and events

Originally from Alto Adige, aged 67 and one of the greatest experts on the Arctic and expeditions to the polar regions, he was a climber and explorer in the «No Limits» team. At the age of forty he abandoned everything and moved to Greenland, where he founded the Red House, an ecologically sustainable tourist residence giving work to Inuit people in difficulty.

Romano Prodi

Romano Prodi

Romano Prodi (Scandiano, 9 August 1939) is an Italian economist, academic and politician, twice Prime Minister of the Italian Republic.

Biography and events

A university lecturer in Economics and Industrial Policy at the University of Bologna, in 1978 he was Minister of Industry in Andreotti’s 4th government. He was President of the European Commission from 1999 to 2004. The founder and leader of the Ulivo political party, he was the first and only Premier from the centre-left to have won the Italian political elections (in 1996 and 2006). In 2008 he created the Fondazione per la Collaborazione tra i Popoli. In 2008 he also chaired the UN-African Union working group on peacekeeping missions in Africa. In October 2012 he was nominated Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for the Sahel. Since 21 February 2014 he has been Chairman of Unicredit’s International Advisory Board (IAB).

Mira Rai

Mira Rai

Mira Rai (Bhojpur, 1988) is a Nepali athlete and runner, winner of the National Geographic prize “Adventurer of the Year 2017”.

Biography and events

The oldest of five children, Mira Rai grew up in the small village of Bhojpur, in the mountains of Nepal. At the age of 14 she joined the Maoist rebels, with whom she remained for two years, undergoing running and karate training. In 2014 she was invited to participate in her first run, the Kathmandu West Valley Rim 50. The only woman participant, she won the competition without any specific preparation or technical equipment, defeating all the other participants and establishing herself as one of the strongest trail runners in the world. She has participated in numerous international competitions and won many prizes. In 2017 she was nominated “2017 Adventurer of the year” by National Geographic.

Simone Salvagnin

Simone Salvagnin

Simone Salvagnin (Schio, 1984) is an Italian Paralympics athlete, and promoter and organiser of cultural and sports events linked to the Paralympics.

Biography and events

Suffering from retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative disease that has led to him becoming almost totally blind in the last ten years, Simone Salvagnin promotes and organises musical events and sports initiatives linked to the world of the Paralympics. In 2010 he took part in the project “Verso dove non so” together with Dino Lanzaretti, covering almost 9000 kilometres from Italy to Uzbekistan in tandem. Simone is also a sport climbing champion (he won two medals, a gold and a bronze, at the 2011 World Championships in Arco in the paraclimbing, visual impairment B2 category). He has received the “Veri eroi” award for sports achievements, and he is a spokesperson for the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.

Guido Scarabottolo

Guido Scarabottolo

Guido Scarabottolo (Sesto San Giovanni, 1947) is an internally renowned Italian illustrator.

Biography and events

After graduating in architecture he became a member of the Arcoquattro group, and when it was disbanded he continued to work for the most well-known Italian publishers, the RAI, the main advertising agencies and leading national companies. His most lasting collaborative relations include those with Europeo and Italo Lupi for Abitare. From 2002 to 2015 he designed all the covers for the Guanda publishing house and illustrated many of them. His drawings currently appear regularly in Internazionale and the Sole24Ore’s Sunday supplement, and occasionally in the New York Times and New Yorker. He is the author of graphic novels and children’s books. Numerous exhibitions have been dedicated to his work in Italy and abroad.

Roger Schäli

Roger Schäli

Roger Schäli (Sörenberg 1978) is a Swiss mountaineer and mountain guide.

Biography and events

He is one of the strongest and most versatile climbers on the international mountaineering scene. He has climbed the Eiger 35 times, preparing for the most difficult mountains around the world. He leads one or two expeditions a year, above all to the most remote places on earth. His most well-known feats include the first ascent of the central and west peaks of the Arwa Spire, the Donnafugata route on the Torre Trieste in the Dolomites and the Tartaruga in Greenland. He is also one of the few who have completed the famous trio of peaks in Patagonia: Torre Egger, Cerro Torre and Cerro Stanhardt. In 2007 he completed the first ascent of the Magic Mushroom route on the north face of the Eiger. In 2008 he climbed all the main peaks in the Alps in less than six weeks, while in 2009 he reached the summit of Cerro Fitz Roy in Patagonia, together with his colleague Simon Gietl.

Andri Snær Magnason

Andri Snær Magnason

Andri Snær Magnason (Reykjavik, 1973) is an Icelandic writer whose works have been published in over 30 countries and who has won numerous literary prizes.

Biography and events

He is the author of novels, poetry, works for the theatre, essays, short stories and CDs. In 2016 he stood for the Icelandic presidential elections. His most recent book “Tímakistan” was chosen as children's book of the year in 2013. His novel LoveStar was nominated as Icelandic book of the year and won the DV Literary Award. His children’s book The Story of the Blue Planet received the Icelandic Literary Prize, the Janusz Korczak Honorary Award 2000 and the West Nordic Children's Book Prize 2002, and was published in 30 countries. He has been Vice President of the Icelandic Writers Union and a member of Culture House in Reykjavik. He campaigns actively against the destruction of Iceland’s tablelands. He recently published the book Dreamland - Self-help for a frightened nation, in which he criticises the rapid destruction of the Icelandic landscape as a result of waste from aluminium plants.

Stephan Siegrist

Stephan Siegrist

Stephan Siegrist (Meikirch, 1972) is a Swiss mountaineer.

Biography and events

A great expert on the Eiger, he is interested in unknown mountains in the most remote places on the planet, where he has opened several routes. In 1999 he made the first winter ascent of the Cerro Torre in Patagonia, establishing himself at international level. He has explored the Himalayas and been on numerous expeditions to Patagonia, the Alps, North America and the Antarctic.

Federico Taddia

Federico Taddia

Federico Taddia (Pieve di Cento, 1972) is an Italian radio and television presenter, journalist and author.

Biography and events

He is a journalist and television scriptwriter. He has presented Screensaver on Rai Tre, L’Altrolato on Radio2 e Pappappero su Radio24. He currently hosts L’altra Europa on Radio24, belongs to Fiorello’s team of authors and contributes to Ballarò and Parla con me. He also writes for Topolino, Style Piccoli and La Stampa. In 2003 he wrote the children’s story Girogirotonda, about Dorin, a little girl who lives under a traffic light, for Mondadori’s series I sassolini. He published Iacopopò, il genio della cacca with Editoriale Scienza. He developed the project Teste toste, the first collection of university lectures for readers “under 12”, an Editoriale Scienza series, for which Perché diamo i numeri? E tante altre domande sulla matematica has just been issued.

Mirella Tenderini

Mirella Tenderini

She founded and directed the first international literary agency for art books, and has edited a series of travel and exploration books. She writes for Italian and foreign magazines.

Biography and events

She founded and directed the first international literary agency for art books, and has edited a series of travel and exploration books. She writes for Italian and foreign magazines, has translated volumes from various languages and is the author of books that have also been published abroad, such as Gary Hemming: Una storia degli anni Sessanta, Le nevi dell’Equatore: Kilimanjaro, Kenya, Ruwenzori, La lunga notte di Shackleton, Gauguin e Tahiti: Storia di una passione and Vita di un esploratore gentiluomo. Il duca degli Abruzzi (with Michael Shandrick, 2006) and Tutti gli uomini del K2 (2014), published by Corbaccio.

Fabio Volo

Fabio Volo

Fabio Volo (Calcinate, 1972) is an Italian actor, writer, radio and television presenter, scriptwriter and dubbing actor.

Biography and events

In 1996 he participated in Radio Capital, a programme opening doors for him in the world of television. From 1998 he hosted three editions of the programme Le iene on Italia 1. In 2000 he hosted Il volo del mattino on Radio Deejay. In 2001 and 2002 he presented the programme Ca' Volo and Il coyote on MTV and made his debut at the cinema in Casomai. His film career continued with roles in different films, including Bianco e nero, in which he was the leading actor, alongside Ambra Angiolini. He has written several successful books, among which É tutta vita (2015) and A cosa servono i desideri (2016). In 2010 he won the 6th edition of the “La Tore” – Isola d’Elba literary award. In 2012 he returned to television, hosting the late night programme Volo broadcast live on Rai 3.

Giorgio Zanchini

Giorgio Zanchini

Giorgio Zanchini (Rome, 1967) is an Italian journalist and radio presenter for the programme “Radio anch'io” on Rai Radio Uno.

Biography and events

After graduating in Law, he specialised in journalism and mass communication at the Luiss University in Rome. In 1996 he joined the Rai following a competitive examination. He has worked for Giornale Radio Rai on Radio1, on Radio3 from 2010 to 2014, returning to Radio1 from 2014. He has presented "Il Baco del millennio", "Radio anch'io" (which he hosted again from 2014) and "Tutta la città ne parla" on Radio3 up to 24 May 2014. On television he has hosted a talk show on spirituality, "Il cielo e la terra" on Rai3, and an episode on reading on Rai5. He deals in particular with English-speaking and cultural journalism. He holds lectures and seminars on cultural journalism at the university and at the IFG in Urbino. Together with Lella Mazzoli, he is the director of the Festival of Cultural Journalism of Urbino and Fano. He has published books and is the Deputy Editor of the magazine I diritti dell'Uomo, cronache e battaglie. He is a member of the academic committee of Problemi dell'Informazione.