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: https://www.gofundme.com/f/sostieni-il-festival-delle-arti-censurate
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.
- 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.