So here I am after the Festival. Last day as a INTERNAZIONALE Correspondent in Ferrara was under a heavy rain, but it deserved the effort. I met Simone Pieranni, the Director of China Files, and Elias Khoudry, a wonderful Lebanese Writer.
Simone Pieranni was clear in stating that China is counted through stereotypes and clichés in Italy. Certainly things over there are moving, and questions like Tibet and Taiwan are evolving but to reach a compromise rather than a fight (at least for Taiwan). Geopolitics and Economy are more and more influenced by rich China but ENvironmental issues are alive in the Country, and are leading to social and cultural changings.
Elias Khoudry enchanted his audience counting about the relationship he has with his characters and his writing. Beyond inspiring daily Lebanon tales, there is his sensitivity to give voice to female perspective through his stories. One of the most remarkable things he said was that Culture is a mix of the best cultural stories of different countries (like in One Thousand and One nights). A lesson to be learnt from a Country that has experienced War. Hope to visit Beirut someday,
There were also the illustrations and the comics at the festival. You could get a clear picture of what’s happening in Europe and the rest of the World when it comes to Economy though it seemes a little Eurocentric (but these are the younger generations concerned about their future, especially Italian authors). Migrating and fighting against gender violence seem the crucial social themes of the following years.
To me, it will take time to go through this hard times but I’m confindent in the power of Interculture to help dialogues all over the World, and in doing so, promoting Peace and Respect.