2018 Edition

No epochal event can ignore what in the eighteenth century Voltaire called “the great revolution”: as a matter of fact, the need to communicate and to ferry projects and visions is the driving force for the circulation of ideas which bear political, social and economic beliefs.
“Revolutions”, the theme of the eighth edition of Taobuk, is an invitation to explore this longing that was born with Man. It means asking a question about the projection of change in oneself and in others, and about the peaceful or violent ways of change itself. It means fathoming the impulse to transformation that becomes a dream, a design, a movement of people; it means grasping the reverse of an Utopia capable of becoming practice.

With the aim of drawing attention to the natural tendency towards innovation, renewal, the palingenesis that traces the history of humanity and the path of civilization, marked by scientific-technological, economic-political, ideological-religious revolutions, which have shaped social structures, often at the cost of the sacrifice of many lives, heroes and victims.
2018 is an extraordinary and significant time to talk about revolutions: it is the year of the death anniversaries of Bob Kennedy, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King and the centenary from the birth of Nelson Mandela: the vision of these men vision has inspired a radical project of social and political renewal whose teaching is still alive. 2018 is also the fiftieth anniversary from the uprisings of the Sixty-eight, the watershed of an era and whose controversial budgets are still controversial today. Because for every radical change that subverts a system there are a multitude of counter and failed revolutions, to say it with the bitter words of Leo Longanesi: “Tutte le rivoluzioni cominciano per strada e finiscono a tavola” (“All revolutions begin in the street and end at the table”).
From 23 th to 27th June, in a very articulated sequence of meetings, Taobuk Festival will thus investigate the change that revolutions generate within each of us: the small and individual ones in our daily lives as the epochal and collective ones that remain in the history books. These are revolutions that spring from a relentless need to go beyond, to write again one’s own destiny.
Because changing is possible. Or, better, necessary.

2018 Programme

  • start 21:00
  • end 23:00
  • Opening Caremony and Delivery of Taobuk Awards
  • Teatro Antico
  • start 10:00
  • end 11:00
  • How consumption changes between best-sellers and niche markets
  • Palazzo Ciampoli
  • start 11:00
  • end 12:00
  • Ciak, the privilege of stories: cinema as a fight against oneself. Masterclass with Sergio Castellitto
  • Hotel Villa Diodoro
  • start 12:00
  • end 13:00
  • Sentimental Geographies. The story of Sicily and the Mediterranean through historical maps
  • Palazzo Ciampoli
  • start 12:00
  • end 13:00
  • The thin line between heroes and executioners: the revolution of the other story
  • Hotel Villa Diodoro
  • start 13:00
  • end 14:00
  • Soil, heritage, rigour. Excellence and tradition: a dialogue with Ana Roš and Oscar Farinetti
  • Palazzo Calanna di Policastrello - La Baronessa
  • start 16:00
  • end 17:00
  • Information 4.0: news and fake news. Revolution or counterrevolution?
  • Palazzo Ciampoli
  • start 17:00
  • end 18:00
  • Hypotheses for a possible happiness. The challenge of good life has already begun
  • Palazzo Ciampoli
  • start 18:00
  • end 19:00
  • The Power methods. Chronicle of a Country without statesmen
  • Piazza IX Aprile
  • start 19:00
  • end 20:00
  • The hidden gears of history. A restless chronicle of an entire generation
  • Piazza IX Aprile
  • start 20:00
  • end 21:00
  • Evolution or Revolution? Lectio magistralis by Amos Oz
  • Piazza IX Aprile
  • start 21:00
  • end 22:00
  • Youth as ambition to the Absolute. The centre of the world? It is a farm in the South
  • Piazza IX Aprile
  • start 22:00
  • end 23:00
  • The power of words, the revolution that leaves its mark. Reading by the poet Gio Evan
  • Piazza IX Aprile
  • start 11:00
  • end 12:00
  • Illuminate the Future...by reading. Taobuk and Save the Children shared vision
  • Palazzo Ciampoli
  • start 12:00
  • end 13:00
  • Pino Cuttaia: revolution lies in roots
  • Hotel Villa Diodoro
  • start 13:00
  • end 14:00
  • Pasquale Caliri. The Revolution of the Travel Tiramisù: When pastry challenges tradition
  • Hotel Villa Diodoro
  • start 15:00
  • end 16:00
  • Atlas of the childhood at risk. The school as a place of rebirth and revolution for future generations
  • Palazzo Ciampoli
  • start 16:00
  • end 17:00
  • Challenges For Youth. Definition of a structured dialogue. How to promote it and how to work with different istitutions
  • Hotel Villa Diodoro
  • start 17:00
  • end 18:00
  • Young people and Excellence. A Revolutionary Recipe
  • Hotel Villa Diodoro
  • start 17:00
  • end 18:00
  • Looking for normality: the family differences that break the mould
  • Palazzo Ciampoli
  • start 18:00
  • end 19:00
  • The extreme freedom to choose yourself. The revolutionary story of an apprenticeship
  • Piazza IX Aprile
  • start 19:00
  • end 20:00
  • Too many Italians in the Atelier! Chronicles of a "hitch" in the History of Art
  • Excelsior Palace Hotel
  • start 19:00
  • end 20:00
  • Happiness is a tomato sauce. Innovating by returning to Sicily
  • Piazza IX Aprile
  • start 19:00
  • end 20:00
  • The revolutionary tradition. Dreams, passions and visions that have moved history. Lectio magistralis by Fernando Savater
  • Palazzo Ciampoli
  • start 20:00
  • end 21:00
  • "I betrayed my mother": my personal revolution. Lectio magistralis by Elizabeth Strout
  • Piazza IX Aprile
  • start 21:00
  • end 22:00
  • Looking for the lost measurement. Giving new meaning to digital passions
  • Piazza IX Aprile
  • start 10:00
  • end 13:00
  • Revolution, democracies and freedom. Fifty years after the 1968
  • The Historical Archive
  • start 11:00
  • end 12:00
  • The Revolution of United Italy
  • Palazzo Ciampoli
  • start 12:00
  • end 13:00
  • January, 1848: in Milan Italy is made
  • Palazzo Ciampoli
  • start 15:00
  • end 16:00
  • A Sicilian revolution in the kitchen
  • Palazzo Campoli
  • start 16:00
  • end 17:00
  • China after Tiananmen and Lebanon after the civil war. What follows a revolution?
  • Palazzo Ciampoli
  • start 17:00
  • end 18:00
  • The 1979 Iranian revolution and the political power of women. A reflection on contemporary Iran from two points of view
  • Palazzo Ciampoli
  • start 17:00
  • end 18:00
  • The lotus and the papyrus. Drama in three acts
  • Hotel Villa Diodoro
  • start 18:00
  • end 19:00
  • Books, life friends. Words will continue to survive beyond every technological revolution. Lectio magistralis by Matteo Collura
  • The Historical Archive
  • start 19:00
  • end 20:00
  • Conversation with the screenwriter Nicola Guaglianone
  • Palazzo Ciampoli
  • start 19:00
  • end 20:00
  • If man becomes God. The revolution of being human in the post-human era of robotics and artificial intelligence
  • Piazza IX Aprile
  • start 20:00
  • end 21:00
  • Is ethics revolutionary? A dialogue on the vices of our democracy
  • Piazza IX Aprile
  • start 21:00
  • end 22:00
  • The prospect of knowing and the revolution of rediscovering yourself. Meeting with Paolo Genovese
  • Piazza IX Aprile
  • start 10:00
  • end 13:00
  • Revolution, democracies and freedom. Fifty years after the 1968
  • The Historical Archive
  • start 11:00
  • end 12:00
  • Making a Festival, Writing a Book. Writers in residence there where the artist residency was born
  • Hotel Villa Diodoro
  • start 16:00
  • end 17:00
  • On that day, mad people became citizens. Chronicle of the revolution that restored dignity to the sick
  • Palazzo Ciampoli
  • start 17:00
  • end 18:00
  • What is a revolution: formal change or progressive transformation?
  • Palazzo Ciampoli
  • start 18:00
  • end 19:00
  • The heroic measure of overcoming oneself. A story of an inner revolution, from the Argonauts to the present day
  • Piazza IX Aprile
  • start 18:00
  • end 19:00
  • The revolution of identity and the sense of roots. The history of a mosaic of equal and different existences
  • Palazzo Ciampoli
  • start 18:00
  • end 19:00
  • Event organized by the Lawyers' Orders of Messina and the National Council of Forensic Science
  • Fondazione Mazzullo
  • start 19:00
  • end 20:00
  • Lights and shadows from a past soaked in greed and bitterness
  • Palazzo Ciampoli
  • start 19:00
  • end 20:00
  • The hope of looking far away. The revolution that ferries the past into the future
  • Piazza IX Aprile
  • start 20:00
  • end 21:00
  • Masterclass with Ferzan Ozpetek
  • Piazza IX Aprile
  • start 21:00
  • end 22:00
  • The revolution of space in time and time in space. Towards what horizons?
  • Piazza IX Aprile
  • start 22:00
  • end 23:00
  • Starting agan from the courage to be us. How to build an ideal, human and ethical Renaissance
  • Piazza IX Aprile

The 2018 Guests

A Festival is made of the shared emotions of all those who take part, public and authors together, and Taobuk is proud to have created an open-air "village of beautiful letters", overlooking the blue sea of Taormina.
Find out who will be the protagonists of the VIII edition!

The exhibition

Sentimental geographies  Maria Teresa Rodriquez and Roberta Scorranese 24 June - 08 July 2018 Palazzo Ciampoli