The Festival's History

Our history in numbers:

The festival began in 2010 as a project to share and investigate issues from an anthropological standpoint. Right from the start, Dialogueshas been driven by a strong cultural and civil commitment and the desire to offer a new way to conduct cultural analysis, with fresh content and new perspectives on human society. It has been an intense journey so far, recording ever increasing interest: over the first ten editions, there were 200,000 participants (attendance has more than tripled since the first edition); 300 Italian and international speakers; 249 events, more than 3,500 volunteers and roughly 70,000 followers on social media.

“Twelve years ago, creating a festival of contemporary anthropology seemed extremely innovative”, recalled Giulia Cogoli, “But the world is changing before our very eyes and as such, trying to understand the reality surrounding us today from the anthropological perspective is perhaps one of the most useful things to propose. Because it means rekindling interest in other people, in other cultures, where the connection is not merely in terms of respect and dialogue but also the awareness that we are all in the same boat, on a journey through humanity, freed from the dead wood of racism and indifference that weigh so heavily on daily life”.

Over the years, other important cultural and documentation initiatives have developed alongside the festival: the 16 books in the Dialogues on Manseries published by UTET with a circulation of 100,000 copies; a huge archive of 350 audio and video recordings available on the festival’s website; a dedicated YouTube channel with more than 2 millions views; an anthropology project for schools involving roughly 27,000 young students; the Dialogues on Man International Award, this year marking its third edition; and five exhibitions by master photographers, which complete the festival’s offer every year.

Our history of themes chosen for these ten editions:

The body that we are;
I give, therefore we are;
Away and Abroad. Travel as encounter;
Sharing the World. For an Ecology of Common Goods;
Man and His Dwellings;
Inhabiting the World;
Humanity at play. Society, culture and games;
Culture makes us human. Movements, diversity and exchanges;
Breaking the rules: creativity and change;
Coexistence: The work of intertwining lives, stories and fates;
Languages Create the World: Voices, Sounds and Signs for a New Mankind
2021 New horizons: walking, exploring, learning

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