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      November 1, 2019

      Friday   7:00 PM

      The Macadam Bldg, Surrey St
      City of London, Westminster WC2R 2NS

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      Riace. An Italian story

      Domenico Lucano and journalist Laura Tussi in conversation with John Foot. Right before FILL 2019 kicks off, join us for an extraordinary pre-festival evening with a figure who has inspired the world. Organised by FILL Festival in partnership with King’s College London and with Language Acts and Worldmaking. When Domenico Lucano became mayor of Riace, a small village in Calabria, Southern Italy, the village was depopulated. The mayor decided to take in asylum seekers from more than 20 countries and allow them to settle; by doing this, he managed torevitalise his village, prevent the closure of the local school, and set a successful example of integration. In 2016, American magazine Fortune included Lucano in its list of the world’s most influential leaders. Film director Wim Wenders made a documentary about the Riace experience. Despite a long stream of political attacks, Lucano and the Riace experience have become a symbol of inclusion in Italy and worldwide. This event will be in English and Italian with English translation provided. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to Proactiva Open Arms and Crisis. -- Speakers and chair: Domenico Lucano: after working as a teacher and human rights activist, he was mayor of Riace between 2004 and 2018. He gained worldwide attention thanks to his innovative approach to refugees in the context of the European migrant crisis. Laura Tussi is an Italian journalist and is the co-editor of Riace, musica per l'umanità (Mimesis Edizioni 2019), a book featuring in-depth pieces and interviews about the Riace experiment. John Foot is a historian specialising in Italy. He writes for The Guardian, the TLS, the LRB, and Italian magazine Internazionale. His latest book is The Archipelago: Italy Since 1945 (Bloomsbury 2018). After living for many years in Italy, he is now professor at University of Bristol. -- More on FILL: After the amazing success of its first two editions, the third edition of FILL - Festival of Italian Literature in London will take place on 2-3 November at the Coronet Theatre in Notting Hill. Expect an eclectic mix of Italian, British, and international authors and thinkers, award-winning voices and new emerging ones, discussing literature and politics, Italy, London, and the most compelling contemporary topics. This year's programme also includes a new translation workshop, a stand-up night, and a DJ set. All details on the programme of FILL 2019: https://www.fill.org.uk/ The event on Friday 1 November is a special pre-festival evening organised in partnership with King’s College London and with Language Acts and Worldmaking.

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