The art festival was born from a specific need: to react to anti-blasphemy laws, used to suppress political opponents and dissidents, to censor artists and free thought.

Ceci n’est pas un blasphème is funded thanks to donations and crowdfunding:

Exhibitions, talk shows, performances follow one another in 20 days of opening to the public.

The main sections are:

  • documentary exhibition: an evocative visual reading of the news archive and recorded cases;
  • art exhibitions: exhibitions of some of the figurative artists who supported the Dioscotto campaign, including Pierz, Yele Maria, Franzaroli; special section: Don Zauker by Daniele Caluri and Emiliano Pagani; subvertising edited by Ceffon, DoubleWhy, Hogre, Illustre Feccia, Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives;
  • talk-shows: readings, presentations, screenings, debates on blasphemy, secularism, freedom of expression. Among the masters of ceremony and guests of honor: Amleto De Silva, Luca Iavarone, Raffaele Minieri, Adele Orioli and Cinzia Sciuto;
  • performance: stand up comedy review by Daniele Fabbri in collaboration with TheComedyClub; concerts; theatrical-musical performances.
  • cinema and screenings: three appointments dedicated to cinema are born from the curatorship of Giuseppe Sciarra, Dea Squillante and Rosaria Carifano, which include projections, interviews and debates.

Through the Dioscotto campaign, Ceci n’est pas un blasphème joins the appeal of #EndBlasphemyLaws, and calls for the abolition of the laws against blasphemy. The festival wishes to:

  • provide information on blasphemy around the world;
  • countering prejudice, giving anticlerical works an explanatory context;
  • counteract censorship, giving anticlerical art clients and spaces for expression;
  • produce free creative works;
  • raise funds for organizations that offer legal assistance to people convicted of blasphemy and persecuted for religious reasons.