Alessandro Gioia is among the protagonists of the festival of censored arts, for freedom of expression and against anti-blasphemy laws. Art exhibitions, group shows, live performances, talks, screenings, stand-up comedies, on the theme of censorship for religious reasons and blasphemy.

Actor and theatrical animator, he attended the Dams in Bologna, where he attended many workshops. His professional activity began in 2005 in Bologna with Massimo Machiavelli. He has important experiences at the Stabile of Naples and at the San Carlo Theater. He was responsible and curator of the Plei project, “Small workshop for unforeseen events”, an interesting laboratory of theatrical improvisation and collective dramaturgy at the Convent of Sant’Antonio in Nocera Inferiore. He often works with Antonio Grimaldi and the “Grimaldello”, he considers this to be his real training base, in which he built his own theatrical ethics. Another important meeting is with the company “I Pesci”, together with Mario De Masi, Lia Gusein Zade, Serena Lauro, Fiorenzo Madonna and Luca San Giovanni. From their research comes “Supernova” for the Bellini Theater. For Ceci n’est pas un blaspheme Alessandro Gioia will interpret anticlerical pieces.

Anti-blasphemy laws in Italy and around the world are used to suppress political opponents and dissidents, to censor artists, journalists and free thinking.

The application of a law that should protect an unidentified “religious sentiment” is highly subjective, completely arbitrary. There are countries where even a woman’s song can be considered blasphemous. A reality that moves large sums of money and votes but which cannot be satirized or criticized, becomes untouchable: an unnameable god becomes truly omnipotent even on the political and social level. This is why Ceci n’est pas un blasphème , the festival of censored arts, was born .
The festival enjoys the moral patronage of the Department of Culture of Naples, but to maintain independence and thus guarantee the quality of the curatorship we do not have access to public funds: we are professionals but we work on it as a team of volunteers, we believe in it a lot, if you share the message give us a hand to make it happen: together we can do something great, for art, for poetry, for freedom of expression, against any form of religious abuse!

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