2018 Edition

Guests

Marco Albino Ferrari

Marco Albino Ferrari

Scrittore direttore della rivista "Meridiani Montagne"

Biography and events

Scrittore direttore della rivista "Meridiani Montagne"

Giorgio Amitrano

Giorgio Amitrano

Giorgio Amitrano (Jesi, 1957) is an Italian orientalist, writer, translator and academic.

Biography and events

An expert in Japanese language and literature and a graduate of the Istituto Universitario Orientale, he is currently Ordinary Professor at the Faculty of Political Science in Naples, of which he is also President. Since 2012 he has been the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Tokyo. He has translated various works and novels by many Japanese writers, winning the Grinzane Cavour Prize and the 12th Noma Bungei Prize in 2008. He is deputy editor of the magazine “Poetica” and writes for the main cultural Italian publications, as well as being the author of essays.

Stefano Ardito

Stefano Ardito

Stefano Ardito (Rome, 1954) is an Italian journalist, writer and documentary maker.

Biography and events

Stefano Ardito is one of the most well-known journalists and writers about the mountains and travel in Italy. A mountaineer and traveller, his accounts and investigative reports have been published by Airone, Repubblica, Il Venerdì, Alp, Meridiani and Specchio, the weekly supplement of La Stampa. Today he writes for Il Messaggero, Meridiani Montagne, Plein Air, Il Manifesto and other newspapers. He is known to the public of RAI Tre thanks to his documentaries, broadcast by the daily programme Geo&Geo. He has written dozens of guidebooks and around twenty books in addition to Incontri ad alta quota, including La grande avventura, Alpi di guerra, Alpi di pace, winner of the Cortina Montagna 2015 award, and Il gigante sconosciuto, published by Corbaccio.
FRANCO FAGGIANI
Franco Faggiani is an Italian journalist and photographer.
Born in Rome, he has worked as a reporter in the most “turbulent” areas of the world, writing about economics, the environment, news and sport, alternating his writing with periods of solo exploration in the mountains. He has explored the countryside and villages of Italy extensively, recounting local excellence using words and images. Food and wine, landscape and tourism, art and sport are just some of the subjects covered in his books, essays, handbooks and interviews. His latest book “La manutenzione dei sensi”, published by Fazi editore, deals with the subjects of change, paternity and youth.

Hansjörg Auer

Hansjörg Auer

Hansjörg Auer (Zams, 1984) is an Austrian climber and mountaineer.

Biography and events

He became famous for his free solo climbs without protective gear. In particular, his famous 2007 ascent of the renowned ‘Attraverso il Pesce’or fish route on the south wall of the Mamolada, a 900 metre route reaching up to grade 7b+, caused a stir. His other free solo climbs include: Tempi Moderni, Locker vom Hocker and Bayrischer Traum, as well as the Mephisto and Dolomites Crossover in 2016. He also completed the first ascent of the Bruderliebe, Kunyang Chhish East and Gimmigela East, and the first free ascent of L’Ultimo dei Paracadutisti on the Marmolada. He acted in Reinhold Messner’s film Still Alive – Drama am Mount Kenya, and in 2017 he was the subject of Damiano Levati’s film portrait Hansjörg Auer: No Turning Back.

Hervé Barmasse

Hervé Barmasse

Hervè Barmasse (Aosta, 1977) is an Italian climber.

Biography and events

A climber, national mountain guide instructor, Cervino mountain guide, ski and snowboard instructor and ski federation trainer, he writes for the main mountain magazines and has been a television presenter for Qui Montagne, a programme broadcast on the regional network of the Valle d’Aosta. At the age of just 32, he has already made several first ascents in the Alps, Patagonia and Pakistan and received various important prizes and awards. His "Linea continua" won the Audience Prize at the Trento Film Festival in 2011. In 2012 he realised “Non così lontano”, based on his project “Exploring the Alps”.

Enrico Brizzi

Enrico Brizzi

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

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.

Tommy Caldwell

Tommy Caldwell

Tommy Caldwell (Estes Park, 1987) is an American mountaineer, climber and writer.

Biography and events

In February 2014 he was the first to fully complete the Fitz Roy traverse, together with Alex Honnold, an ascent for which he received the Piolet d'Or, whereas in January 2015 he made the first ever free climb of the Dawn Wall on El Capitan (graded 5.14d/9a), together with Kevin Jorgeson, completing what is believed to be the most difficult big wall free climb in the world. In 2012 he once again showed his great talent for speed climbing, completing the ascent of Mount Watkins (by the south wall), El Capitan (Freerider) and the Half Dome (regular north-west face) with Alex Honnold, encountering grade 7c+ difficulty, and employing 21 hours 15 minutes. In 2008 he also made the first ascents of two sports routes, the Kryptonite and Flex Luthor, in Colorado. In 2017 he published the book “PUSH. Un’esperienza oltre il limite” (Corbaccio).

Luca Calvi

Luca Calvi

Luca Calvi (Jesolo, 1962) is a translator with an enthusiasm for classic mountaineering, specialising in translating mountain literature.

Biography and events

After graduating in Foreign Languages and Literature at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, he attended PhD classes and in Slavic Studies at La Sapienza University in Rome. He has lectured at the Universities of Venice, Bologna and Trieste and spoken at various European universities, as well as writing numerous essays, articles, books, reviews and translations. Having left his academic career, he continues to work as a translator, and since 2010 has been the director of a translation and consultancy agency in Milan. Always passionate about the mountains and classic mountaineering, he enjoys exploiting his skills as a multilingual translator by translating articles, essays and books about climbers or dedicated to the mountains. He works with the Gamma di Lecco group, DF Sport Specialist, La Magnifica Terra di Bormio Festival, Il Grande Sentiero di Bergamo and Trento Film Festival. He has acted as interpreter for live meetings and evening events with internationally famous climbers and participated at the international symposium Quo climbis? The Climbs, they are a-changing at the Messner Mountain Museum at Castel Firmiano, as interpreter.

Carlo Crivelli

Carlo Crivelli

Carlo Crivelli (Roma, 1953) is an Italian composer.

Biography and events

He trained at the Domenico Guaccero school, focusing his activities on composition and the application of music, in particular to film. He has been nominated three times for the Ciak d’Oro, twice for the Grolla d’Oro and once for the Golden Globe and David di Donatello. He has worked with directors such as Marco Bellocchio, from Diavolo in corpo (1986) and La condanna to Il principe di Homburg and the recent Fai bei sogni; Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (Le affinità elettive); Manuel Pradal (from Maria della Baia degli Angeli to Tom le cancre); Michele Placido (Del perduto amore, Un viaggio chiamato amore); Zhang Yuan (Little Red Flowers) and Ficarra & Picone (Il 7 & l’8, Andiamo a quel paese and L’ora legale). His latest work for the screen is the film score of Io sono Tempesta, directed by Daniele Luchetti, which was released in Italian cinemas in April 2018.

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.

Giorgio Daidola

Giorgio Daidola

Giorgio Daidola (Turin, 1943) is an Italian university lecturer, editor and ski instructor.

Biography and events

A lecturer at the Faculty of Economics and Commerce at the University of Trento, he is a freelance journalist, editor of "Rivista della Montagna", "Nevesport" and "TTG Italia", as well as editorial director of the Centro di Documentazione Alpina in Turin. A FISI ski instructor, he accompanies travellers on journeys and trekking holidays on behalf of the Avventure nel Mondo Association. He goes skiing, climbing, offshore sailing and kayaking.

Kurt Diemberger

Kurt Diemberger

Kurt Diemberger (Villach, 1932) is an Austrian mountaineer, writer and cameraman.

Biography and events

After studying economics and commerce in Vienna, he initially worked as a teacher, to then become a mountain guide. A pioneer in the use of video cameras on great mountains, he often worked in extreme conditions, documenting unrepeatable events such as his arrival at the summit during the first ascent of Dhaulagiri in 1960, and the first synchronous sound film of Everest in 1978. A writer and filmmaker, in 1962 he received an award at Trento Film Festival for La Grande Cresta di Peuterey, and in 1989, again in Trento, he won the Genziana d’Oro for the film K2 - Sogno e destino. “K2 Nodo infinito” won the ITAS mountain book prize and “Passi verso l’ignoto” won the Premio Selezione Bancarella Sport 2006. In addition to being the first man to climb Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest peak in the world, he is the only mountaineer still alive to have climbed two eight-thousanders for the first time. In 2013 he was given the Piolet d'Or Lifetime Achievement award, the ultimate international award for mountaineers.

Nasim Eshqi

Nasim Eshqi

Nasim Eshqi is an Iranian mountaineer and climber.

Biography and events

Born and raised in Teheran and a former kick-boxing champion, Nasim is an Iranian mountaineer and climber expert in outdoor climbing in Iran. She is the only female professional outdoor climber in Iran, where she has made several first ascents and opened new routes, also doing so in Armenia, Georgia, India and Turkey. A self-taught climber, she has managed to reach grade 8B on walls. She teaches outdoor climbing, particularly to young people.

Franco Faggiani

Franco Faggiani

Franco Faggiani is an Italian journalist and photographer.

Biography and events

Born in Rome, he has worked as a reporter in the most “turbulent” areas of the world, writing about economics, the environment, news and sport, alternating his writing with periods of solo exploration in the mountains. He has explored the countryside and villages of Italy extensively, recounting local excellence using words and images. Food and wine, landscape and tourism, art and sport are just some of the subjects covered in his books, essays, handbooks and interviews. His latest book “La manutenzione dei sensi”, published by Fazi editore, deals with the subjects of change, paternity and youth.

Tiziano Fratus

Tiziano Fratus

Tiziano Fratus (Bergamo, 1975) is an Italian poet and writer.

Biography and events

A writer and poet whose works have been translated into eight languages, Tiziano Fratus is an enthusiastic “tree seeker”. This activity, developing during his travels, gave rise to the concepts of “Homo Radix”, “treeography” and “dendrosophy”, the object of books, photography exhibitions and itineraries drawn up in various cities and regions to explore large trees, in addition to the column “Il cercatore d’alberi” in “La Stampa” newspaper. His books include: “Manuale del perfetto cercatore d’alberi” (Feltrinelli), “Il sussurro degli alberi” (Ediciclo), “Ci vuole un albero” (Araba Fenice) and “Il bosco è un mondo. Alberi and boschi da salvaguardare in Italia” (Einaudi). His more recent collections of poetry include “Un quaderno di radici e foglie”.

Raffaello Fusaro

Raffaello Fusaro

Raffaello Fusaro is an Italian director, writer and theatre actor.

Biography and events

He is from Puglia, gaining a diploma from the Accademia d’arte drammatica Silvio d’Amico and making his debut as a stage performer with Rocco Papaleo in Basilicata on my mind. He currently alternates his activities as a director and actor with his work as a screenwriter. He has worked with Alessandro Haber, Rocco Papaleo and Christian de Sica as a writer. He was head of the writing team for award-winning director Gabriele Salvatores’project Italy in a day, the first Italian social film, based on Ridley Scott’s prototype. Again for Salvatores, he wrote the script for the short film The Promise, for which he was also the narrating voice. He is the author of the documentary film Le favole iniziano a Cabras.

Alessandro Gogna

Alessandro Gogna

Alessandro Gogna (Genoa, 1946) is an Italian mountaineer, climbing historian and mountain guide.

Biography and events

Alessandro Gogna is an internationally renowned mountaineer, climbing historian, mountain guide and opinion maker on tourism-environmental problems in the mountains. He has participated in 500 first ascents in the Alps, Apennines and other mountain ranges, and published countless books. He is an opinion maker on the subjects of freedom in mountaineering and questions linked to tourism and respect for the environment in the mountains.

Francesco Lotta

Francesco Lotta

Francesco Lotta (Grottaglie, 1978) is an Italian disc jockey, radio presenter and writer.

Biography and events

After working at length for radio channels in Puglia, in 2010 Francesco “Frank” Lotta was chosen by Linus as a presenter for Radio Deejay. Walking the Camino de Santiago in 2013 drove him to create the Deejay On The Road radio programme (which has now reached its third edition), in which he recounts the most intimate and exciting moments of solo journeys. Since then he has hiked along the Stampede Trail in Alaska, the subject of his first book “Ritorno alle terre selvagge” (Sperling & Kupfer, 2018) and through the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan, and crossed Iceland on a motorbike and Australia by bicycle. Since September 2017 has been on the air every Friday and Saturday with “Gente della Notte”.

Manolo

Manolo

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

Biography and events

Manolo was one of the pioneers of free climbing in Italy and is one of the best known faces in this sport in Italy. He was the first Italian to climb an 8b grade climbing route with the Ultimo Movimento on the Totoga (Pale di San Martino) in 1986, and a free solo 8a grade climb with the Masala Dosa route on the San Silvestro wall in 1992. He has never wished to participate in climbing competitions. His books include: “Nelle Pale di San Martino. Scalate scelte: Canali-Fradusta, Tognazza, Totoga” (Zanichelli, 1983), “Appigli ridicoli. Arrampicare nel Primiero” (Artigianelli, 1998) and “In bilico... fra la storia and i racconti delle vie nelle falesie del Primiero” (Osteria Taci cavallo Editing, 2013). In 2018, he published his autobiography “Eravamo immortali” (Fabbri Editore).

Reinhold Messner

Reinhold Messner

Reinhold Messner (Bressanone, 1944) is the most famous climber and adventurer of our era.

Biography and events

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. In 2016, he makes his debut as director with “Still Alive – Drama am Mount Kenya”.

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 c 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".

Rocco Papaleo

Rocco Papaleo

Rocco Papaleo (Lauria, 1958) is an Italian actor, director and singer.

Biography and events

A comic, stage and film actor, he is also a director and singer. He has appeared in numerous successful films directed by Leonardo Pieraccioni, and has worked with Alessandro D’Alatri, Francesca Archibugi, Giovanni Veronesi, Massimiliano Bruno, Checco Zalone, Paolo Genovese and many others. A star of successful television series and a sophisticated stage performer, in 2005 he won the critics’ prize at the “Festival teatro canzone Giorgio Gaber”, which he was to present twice after 2012. In 2012 he worked alongside Gianni Morandi to present the Sanremo Festival.
He was nominated for the Nastro d’Argento as “Best Supporting Actor for Il pranzo della domenica, directed by Vanzina. He made his debut as a director in 2010 with the film Basilicata coast to coast, in which he also starred, and for which he received the Nastro d’Argento and the “David di Donatello” as Best New Director. His second work as a director, Una piccola impresa meridionale came out in 2013 and his third film, Onda su onda in 2016.

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Akita (Khumjung, 1984) is a Nepali mountaineer.

Biography and events

The first female Nepali mountain guide, she was the first woman from Nepal to reach the summit of K2 and the first ever woman to complete the ascent of Nangpai Gosum II. In 2016 she was nominated “Adventurer of the Year” by National Geographic and received the 45th International Alpine Solidarity Award in Pinzolo. She has led numerous expeditions in the USA, Argentina, France and Pakistan, as well as in Nepal.

Fabio Pasini

Fabio Pasini

Fabio Pasini (San Secondo Parmense, 1968) is an Italian explorer and photographer.

Biography and events

He combines his long experience in the field of sport and exploration with his profession as a photographer and filmmaker. His latest works include the book “Dal Garda alla Marmolada, trekking e pensieri sul fronte della Prima Guerra Mondiale” (2017) and the photography exhibition “Zhdat’” (2017).

Emilio Previtali

Emilio Previtali

Emilio Previtali (Bergamo, 1967) is an Italian climber, mountaineer, explorer, snowboarder and writer.

Biography and events

He devised and founded FREE.rider magazine, which he edited from 2000 to 2009. He devised and edited “The North Face STORY.teller yearbook” and is the founder of the collective of the same name, also managing a personal blog on the web. He has been an Ironman and LD Triathlon finisher 27 times, is a ski and snowboard instructor and has participated in the Camel Trophy as a member of the Italian team. In winter 2014 he attempted the first winter ascent of the Nanga Parbat with two companions, recounting the expedition on a daily basis on the web from base camp, a project for which he received the Golden Beard Award as the best storytelling project in 2014. He has practiced telemark skiing from the summit of Denali at 6194m and snowboarding on the 8000 m Himalayan Cho-Oyu and Shishapangma, as well as on various mountains all over the world.

Maria Roveran

Maria Roveran

Maria Roveran (Venice, 1988) is an Italian actress and singer-songwriter.

Biography and events

Maria Roveran was born and raised in Venice. She abandoned her studies to focus on acting, attending the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. In 2013 she was featured in Piccola Patria by the documentary maker Alessandro Rossetto, from Padua. Her second film, which came out a year later, was Claudio Noce’s La foresta di ghiaccio, a film about the war in former Yugoslavia, which also featured Emir Kusturica. In these two films she also contributed to the soundtrack, singing some of her own songs. In 2016 she was chosen by Giuseppe Piccioni for the film Questi giorni, competing at the 73rd Venice Film Festival.

Paolo Rumiz

Paolo Rumiz

Paolo Rumiz (Trieste, 1947) is an Italian journalist and writer.

Biography and events

Special correspondent of the «Piccolo» newspaper in Trieste and columnist for «La Repubblica», he is an expert on the subject of identity in Italy and Europe, focusing particularly on events in the Balkans-Danube area since 1986. In 1993 he won the Hemingway Prize for his services to Bosnia and in 1994 the Max David Prize as Italian Correspondent of the year. In 2001 he reported on the American attack on Afghanistan, first from Islamabad and then from Kabul. His published works include: “Danubio. Storie di una nuova Europa” (1990), “Vento di terra” (1994), “Gerusalemme perduta” (2005), “L'Italia in seconda classe”, with drawings by Altan (2009), “La cotogna di Istanbul” (2010), “A piedi” (2012), “Trans Europa Express” (2012), “Come cavalli che dormono in piedi” (2014) and “Dal libro dell'esodo” (2016), with Cécile Kyenge.

Wada Tadahiko

Wada Tadahiko

Wada Tadahiko (Nagano, 1952) is a Japanese professor, interpreter and translator.

Biography and events

He is considered the most important academic and translator of modern and contemporary Italian culture in Japan. He has translated the most significant works by Italian authors, from Italo Calvino and Umberto Eco to Antonio Tabucchi. He is also well-known as a critic and writer on cultural themes for the main Japanese newspapers and magazines. In 2004 he received the "Solidarietà della stella italiana" award and the "Premio Nazionale per la traduzione della Repubblica italiana"(2011-12).

Susanna Tartaro

Susanna Tartaro

Susanna Tartaro is an Italian journalist.

Biography and events

Susanna Tartaro is a journalist and researcher for the "Fahrenheit" programme on Rai Radio 3, dedicated to books and culture, one of the most popular Italian radio programmes, Since 2014 she has had a personal blog called "Dailyhaiku" and a Twitter account, where she comments on current affairs starting from a vast repertoire of Japanese haiku, the famous three-line poems. This experiment gave rise to the book "Haiku e sakè. In viaggio con Satoka", published by Add Editore in 2016.

Yōko Tawada

Yōko Tawada

Yōko Tawada (Tokyo, 1960) is a Japanese writer.

Biography and events

Born in Japan but resident in Germany, she writes in both German and Japanese, her works comprising various writing genres: essays, prose, theatre and poetry. The daughter of a bookseller, she studied literature in Japan, travelling to Germany in 1979 on the Trans-Siberian railway. In 1982 she moved to Hamburg, where she studied contemporary German literature, to then move to Berlin in 2006. In 1986 the German publishing house Konkursbuch Verlag Claudia Gehrke published "Japan-Lesebuch", a collection of literary papers regarding Japan. She made her debut as a writer in Japan in 1992 with the collection of stories “Sannin Kankei” for the Kōdansha publishing house. In 1996 she won the Adelbert von Chamisso literary award, and the Kleist Prize in 2016.

Filippo Thiery

Filippo Thiery

Filippo Thiery is a meteorologist, with a degree in physics.

Biography and events

Specialising in weather forecasting, since 2003 he has worked at the Italian Civil Defence Department, in the weather sector of the Central Functional Centre, while periodically lecturing on a freelance basis and carrying out dissemination activities on subjects linked to the physics of the atmosphere.
Since 2012 he has been the public face of the weather feature for Geo, the longstanding RAI3 programme dedicated to popularisation of scientific, naturalistic and environmental subjects. An expert in the field of alpine meteorology, snow and avalanches, he has also devoted himself to mountain meteorology in the highest mountains of the world, providing weather forecasting support for the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winter expeditions of the mountaineer Daniele Nardi on Nanga Parbat. Honoured by the Italian Republic for his work and commitment during major events in Italy and abroad, in October 2004 he was part of the Italian delegation at the 12th Commission for Hydrology at the WMO (World Meteorological Organization), while in May 2016 he attended the 13th Forum international de la Météo et du Climat as the only Italian representative.

Nicola Tondini

Nicola Tondini

Nicola Tondini is an Italian mountaineer, climber and mountain guide.

Biography and events

A mountain guide since 1999 for Xmountain and a mountain guide instructor since 2001, he has opened 10 routes in the Val d’Adige, on Monte Cimo above the town of Brentino Belluno. The Testa o Croce and Via di testa routes are among the most demanding and difficult in Italy. He has also opened 16 new routes of key importance in the Italian climbing panorama and repeated the routes several times with free solo or winter ascents.

Ilaria Tuti

Ilaria Tuti

Ilaria Tuti is an Italian writer, winner of the Gran Giallo Città di Cattolica 2014 Prize.

Biography and events

Ilaria Tuti is an Italian writer living in Gemona del Friuli, in the province of Udine. She has a passionate interest in painting and photography, and worked as an illustrator for a small publishing house in her free time while she studied economics, before dedicating herself to a career as a writer. After winning the “Carabinieri in Giallo 7” and “Delitti in Giallo” awards, in 2014 she won the Gran Giallo Città di Cattolica Prize. In 2017 she published “Fiori sopra l’inferno”, one of the major successes at the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair, with Longanesi Editore.

Alex Txikon

Alex Txikon

Alex Txikon (Lemoa, 1981) is a Basque climber and mountaineer.

Biography and events

The last of 13 children, he has been passionately interested in the mountains since he was a child. At the age of just three he reached the summit of the Gorbea mountain, together with his brother Javi. A member of Club Alpino Ganzabal, he conquered numerous peaks in the Pyrenees, Europe and the Alps. At the age of only 21 he completed his first ascent of an eight-thousander: Broad Peak (8051m) in the Karakorum range in Pakistan. Since then, he has taken part in over 30 expeditions and climbed 12 of the 14 highest peaks in the world. He has worked as a mountain cameraman for the television programme “Al Filo De Lo Imposible” and Edurne Pasaban’s “14x8000” project. Known in particular for his winter expeditions and his participation in demanding expeditions in terms of technique, difficulty and commitment, he also practices other forms of climbing, base jumping and Basque sports in addition to mountaineering. He enjoys travelling, exploration and meeting new people, which he considers an integral part of all his feats.

Denis Urubko

Denis Urubko

Denis Urubko (Nevinnomyssk, 1973) is a Russian climber with Polish citizenship by naturalisation.

Biography and events

In 2009 he became the fifteenth man to have climbed all fourteen eight-thousanders and the ninth to have climbed them all without oxygen, winning the Piolet d’Or Prize. He made the first winter ascent of two eight-thousanders, Makalu and Gasherbrum II, in both cases in the company of the Italian climber Simone Moro, as well as opening three new routes on three different eight-thousanders. A lieutenant in the sports group of the Kazakh army, where he is a climbing instructor, he has written articles and books, as well as holding conferences on his expeditions.

Arturo Valiante

Arturo Valiante

Arturo Valiante is an Italian composer and musician.

Biography and events

He has a classical piano diploma and studied jazz with G. Gaslini, E. Pierannunzi and F. D’Andrea. He has played with Massimo Urbani, Paolo Fresu and Karl Potter in festivals such as “Ragusa jazz”, “Vieste Jazz”, the Foro Italico and at numerous clubs and festivals. He has accompanied singers such as Phyllis Brandford, Chrystal White, Josette Martial, Awa Ly and Lily Latuheru. He has worked with Rocco Papaleo on various tours in Italian theatres and summer tours. In the pop music sector he has worked with Giorgia, Pino Daniele, Gianluca Grignani, Michele Zarrillo, Saturnino, Mietta and many others in the recording studio. In 2012 he participated at Sanremo Festival as an accompanist with Rocco Papaleo, and at the Festival Gaber in Viareggio with the resident band. He has also worked in cinema, creating original music and as a music assistant.

Stefania Viti

Stefania Viti

Stefania Viti is a professional Italian journalist and video reporter.

Biography and events

Stefania Viti is a professional journalist, graduating in Japanese Language and Literature at the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. For around ten years she lived in Tokyo, where she worked for the Italian Embassy, Repubblica TV and as an editor for the magazine “Amarena”. She currently lives in Milan, where she deals with press communications for events in collaboration with institutions and companies, as well as being Deputy Director of the international portal ArteCibo. In 2016 she received the Fondazione Italia-Giappone’s Umberto Agnelli Prize for Journalism. She is the author of articles regarding contemporary Japan for national and international newspapers: La Repubblica, Il Messaggero, L’Espresso, the Japan Times, East and others. Her latest book is: “Il libro del Ramen” (Gribaudo Editore, 2017).

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