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Pasolini and young people, here are the winners: the project by Premio Ceppo and Istituto Einaudi relaunches Pistoia as a city that reads

In the morning today, at the Piccolo Teatro Mauro Bolognini, thanks to the synergy between the Ceppo International Prize and the Luigi Einaudi Professional Institute, the final moment of the educational project “Pasolini and the Young” took place, conceived and directed by the poet and educator Paolo Fabrizio Iacuzzi (president of the Ceppo international award), in the presence of an audience of over 250 students and teachers of secondary schools.

After the greetings of Benedetta Menichelli (councillor for culture and education of the Municipality of Pistoia) and Elena Pignolo (head teacher of the Einaudi Institute and of the Pacinotti-De Franceschi Institute), the multimedia essay was staged with writing and scenic reading entitled Young people write to Pasolini. Letters from the students of the Einaudi Institute of Pistoia. The protagonists were the students of the VA S, VB S and IVC S classes, with the didactic coordination of Sabina Candela and Luciana Pellegrini, the scientific coordination of Giacomo Trinci (poet and critic of the Ceppo Award in 2006) and the theatrical coordination of Filiberto Segatto, juror of the Ceppo Award.

At the end of the morning the best works were awarded, for the Premio Laboratorio Ceppo Giovani Pasolini, with book vouchers from the “Lo Spazio” bookshop, offered by the Caript Foundation and the Einaudi Institute. The winners are the following: Eleonora Baldi and William Dela Mar Loreno (IVC S), Alessia Paoli and Lisa Baldi (VA S), Matilde Flori, Rachele Massai and Alessia Meles (VB S). Here are some quotes: “Dear Pasolini, I embody the opposite of your legacy. okay at the moment, because I don’t identify with anything, so yes, I let myself go because it’s the simplest solution!” (W. Dela Mar); “I would like to start with ‘Dear Pasolini’, but it would be too trivial given the importance of the person I am addressing. It would be better, as you say, to seek the pristine truth present within the heart of each individual, explore reality in search of its authenticity, without settling for easy certainties.” (E. Baldi); “Dear Pier Paolo Pasolini, I am increasingly disappointed, but like many other young people I do not lose heart and fight for justice to be done.” (A. Paoli); “Dear Pasolini, the world today is not as you would have liked. Your disagreement with the world of television would certainly have extended to the world of the internet and social networks; they are particularly useful means, but the point is that, as it happens very often, they are not used in the best way.” (M. Flori, R. Massai, A. Meles).

Of the educational project, which is supervised by prof. Roberto Carnero of the University of Bologna, ample emphasis will be given on a pedagogical-didactic and scientific-popular level both in relation to the good practices of schooling and in relation to the critical acquisition of Pasolini by the younger generations. The project was carried out by the Premio Internazionale Ceppo with the Einaudi Institute through various steps: 1. The introduction to the figure of Pasolini in the classroom by the teachers Candela, Pellegrini and Trinci; 2. The meeting with Roberto Carnero and Massimo Lugli; 3. The reading in class and independently of some Pasolini texts; 4. The drafting by the interested students, individually or in small groups, of some “letters” to Pasolini, to verify if and how he still speaks to today’s young people and how they can “speak” to him; 5. The theatricalization of written texts, with the addition of videos and music; 6. The final multimedia essay, aimed at students and teachers of the Einaudi Institute and beyond.

This also concluded the “Homage to Pier Paolo Pasolini” that the Premio Internazionale Ceppo and the Pistoia Giallo Festival had organized on 3-4 March. In particular, the students of the Einaudi Professional Institute had read selected passages from Pasolini’s works and conversed with Roberto Carnero (Pasolini. Dying for ideas, Bompiani) and Massimo Lugli (Pasolini’s yellow, Newton Compton), demonstrating interest and ask genuine and necessary questions. A very nice meeting and a moment of essential training.

“Say Paolo Fabrizio Iacuzzi and Filiberto Segatto (Premio Ceppo): The Premio Ceppo continues and consolidates its commitment to the educational training of the younger generations with the “Pasolini and the Young” project, which was carried out with a highly innovative method thanks to the collaboration with an exceptional school such as the Einaudi Institute of Pistoia, which saw a wide and warm support in the headmaster and a great enthusiasm in the teachers as well as a remarkable scientific and pedagogical preparation.The didactic and educational values ​​of the project were: the approach to one of the most important authors of the second half of the twentieth century who is not normally addressed in the programs of the last year of the high school course; the multiplicity of methods adopted: active listening to the initial conference, frontal lesson, independent reading, individual writing or in small groups, scenic reading; the transition from writing and reading in class to taking tests i on the stage, which involved students who had not previously had theatrical experience and therefore required several afternoon meetings to fine-tune the stage reading: this allowed them to refine their ability to read aloud, to pose the problem to read to large audiences effectively; to test oneself by overcoming shyness and uncertainty thanks to the sharing of the work with an enlarged group of fifteen readers on stage. A great result for the school in Pistoia and beyond”.

Elena Pignolo and Giacomo Trinci (Einaudi Institute): “The Einaudi Institute expresses great satisfaction with the success of the educational project directed by the Ceppo Prize. The school has become a place of cultural promotion in the area, soliciting in young people a lively question about Pasolini’s work and bringing his figure back to the present in today’s schools.The students had a unique educational opportunity of its kind which, leveraging on the emotional impact determined in children by the singularity and strength of Pasolini’s artistic production and from the strongly interlocutory character with a high pedagogical temperature of his writings, has allowed them not only to get closer to the knowledge of the author through the exploration of different languages ​​and genres (cinematographic, epistolary, poetic), but also to measure themselves with their own ability The encounter with Pasolini’s texts concerned in particular the reading of passages from the Lutheran Letters. Then the students moved on to the production and drafting of their own letters, diary pages, various suggestions that came from this “distance dialogue” with the author, allowing them to present acute reflections on the condition of young people today. Finally, the most “theatrically effective” texts were selected, setting up a small dramaturgical form that saw a great deal of effort in the boys, welcomed with great satisfaction by the public”.

The 66th edition of the Ceppo 2022 International Literary Prize, the first Italian prize dedicated to short stories, directed and chaired by Paolo Fabrizio Iacuzzi, took place in Pistoia from 4 March to 18 November 2022. As every year, there were numerous initiatives that the program, made possible thanks to the patronage of the MIBAC, the participation of the regional council of Tuscany (Festa della Toscana) and the Municipality, with the support of the Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia and Pescia Foundation and Chianti Banca, with the contribution of Berni Pistoia Ceramica, Giorgio Tesi Group, Friends of Leone Piccioni association.

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