Simona Forte 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.

Actress and performer from Salerno, she trained with Renato Carpentieri at the Salerno Theater University Center. She deepened her studies in dance theater and theatrical biomechanics at the Professional Training Center for Actors and Dancers in Salerno. For some years she collaborated with suspended theaters, founded in 2012 by Serena Bergamasco (dancer and choreographer) and Carlo Roselli (director, actor, trainer and musician), thus contributing to a popular theater project, open to the plurality of artistic languages and even non-theatrical experiences. In her experience as a director, Simona Forte has often investigated the female question in relation to the stereotypes inherited from history and culture. For Ceci n’est pas un blaspheme Simona Forte will curate a review of theatrical performances.

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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