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2023-07-15 22:28:17
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July 15 2023

Arts and Rights: Discovering the First 'Human Rights Week' and the Historic Event 'Voices for Freedom'


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The first edition of the "Human Rights Week," a grand multidisciplinary festival that combines art, culture, and social engagement, is about to begin. From July 17 to 23, 2023, Rovigo will become the capital of art and culture for human rights, with a preview event in Adria on July 15. Over 60 events are planned, all free of charge, across 6 different venues, with the participation of more than 40 local associations and organizations.

The focal point of the entire festival will be the 26th edition of "Voices for Freedom - A Song for Amnesty," a three-day music and human rights event in support of Amnesty International Italy.

During the week, Rovigo will host high-profile guests, including Cardinal Matteo Maria Zuppi, Alba Bonetti, Manuel Agnelli, Banda Rulli Frulli, Moni Ovadia, Lisa Clark, and many other protagonists from the world of art, culture, and volunteering. Themes such as music, debates, literature, sports, workshops, exhibitions, and artistic, theatrical, and cinematic performances will be addressed. The guiding theme of the event is "D(i)ritti al futuro," promoting a universal culture of human rights through various artistic forms.

The festival, endorsed and supported by the Municipalities of Rovigo and Adria, is the result of collaboration between local associations and organizations and is dedicated to the promotion of human rights, culture, and art. There will be exhibitions, workshops, debates, artistic performances, and much more. In addition to the main activities, events are also planned in the outskirts of Rovigo, including movie nights, concerts, and an open-to-all football tournament.

The highlight of the festival will be the twenty-sixth edition of "Voices for Freedom - A Song for Amnesty," featuring three days of music and human rights. Furthermore, eight emerging artists from different parts of Italy will perform in the final of the Amnesty International Award in the Emerging Artists section.

The entire festival is free of charge and open to everyone. You can find all detailed information and updates on the websites and

Join this grand celebration of art, culture, and human rights! #HumanRightsWeek #VoicesForFreedom #ArtAndRights

Preview of the "Human Rights Week" program in Rovigo:

July 17:

  • 6:00 PM: Official opening of the festival with the inauguration of the venues (Sala della Gran Guardia, Piazzetta Annonaria, and Pescheria Nuova) and the artistic exhibitions and installations. They will remain open throughout the week.
  • 7:30 PM: Screening of the documentary film "La pace non è il suo nome" (Peace is not its name) at the Auditorium of the Conservatorio, with the presence of President Marco Mascia.
  • 9:30 PM: Multidisciplinary performance of juggling, dance, and singing titled "Una luce di protesta" (A light of protest).

July 18:

  • 6:00 PM: Debate on the topic "Palestine in the context of global conflicts" with Moni Ovadia, Lisa Clark, and Alessandra Annoni.
  • 9:30 PM: Evening performance in the Gardens of the Two Towers: Concert by Moni Ovadia with RomAraBeat.

July 19:

  • 6:00 PM: Debate on the topic "Decent work and social justice" with Cardinal Matteo Maria Zuppi and the general secretaries of Cgil, Cisl, and Uil Rovigo.
  • 9:30 PM: Evening performance in the Gardens of the Two Towers: Theatrical show "Lo straordinario viaggio" (The extraordinary journey).

July 20:

  • 6:00 PM: Debate on the topic "Rain knows no borders: climate change and migrations" with Chiara Camporese and Eugenio Alfano.
  • 9:30 PM: Evening performance in the Gardens of the Two Towers: Concert by Manuel Agnelli and Banda Rulli Frulli.

July 21:

  • 6:00 PM: Debate on the topic "The prison in crisis: origins and alternatives, between legislative schizophrenia and penal populism" with Ciro Grandi and Guido Pietropoli.
  • 9:30 PM: Evening performance in the Gardens of the Two Towers: Concert by Giorgio Canali & Rossofuoco.

July 22:

  • 6:00 PM: Debate on the topic "Is it not enough? LGBTI+ rights in Italy" with Angelica Polmonari, Manuela Macario, Roberta Cusin, and Matteo Mammini.
  • 9:30 PM: Evening performance in the Gardens of the Two Towers: Concert by Alba Bonetti.

July 23:

  • 9:30 PM: Closing evening of the festival in the Gardens of the Two Towers: Closing concert with special guests.

This is just a preview of the program, and there may be other events and activities that have not been mentioned here.

Technical Glossary:

  • Climate Change: Long-term changes in global weather patterns, including changes in temperature, precipitation, winds, and other atmospheric factors.
  • LGBTI+ Rights: Rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex individuals.
  • Social Justice: A concept that refers to the fair distribution of resources, opportunities, and privileges in a society.
  • Decent Work: A concept promoted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) that refers to work that provides adequate wages, safety, health, social protection, and opportunities for personal development.
  • Migrations: The movement of people from one region or country to another, often motivated by factors such as job search, escaping conflicts, or living conditions.
  • Penal Populism: A political approach that exploits rhetoric on security and crime to gain public support.
  • Legislative Schizophrenia: A situation in which existing laws or proposed legislation are contradictory or create confusion.

Topics Covered:

  • Palestine and Global Conflicts
  • Decent Work and Social Justice
  • Climate Change and Migrations
  • Crisis of the Prison System and Alternatives
  • LGBTI+ Rights in Italy

Source by Redazione

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