Vicino Lontano 2014 - Colore

History and mission

Vicino/Lontano is a not-for-profit cultural association founded in Udine, North-East Italy, in October 2004 by a group of private individuals with the aim of providing a public arena in which to explore and debate some of the key cultural, social, political and economic issues currently facing the world today. To this end, the Association organizes… View Article

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The festival

The Vicino/Lontano Festival has, since its very beginnings, been closely linked to the figure of the late journalist and writer Tiziano Terzani, to whose memory the Festival’s annual literary prize is dedicated. Held over four days in May, the Festival, which in 2016 will celebrate its 12th edition, encompasses a broad range of initiatives and… View Article


The 2017 festival

The value ​​system and world order we commonly associate with the concept of the ​​”West” have guided modern and contemporary history for centuries. It is a model of civilization based on freedom, democracy, and equality between citizens.  We believed this model was a universal and lasting victory. We were subsumed by a kind of collective… View Article


2017 Programme – Highlights

Friday 5 May Syria, the Ultimate Genocide Il Cantico del Sole Saturday 6 May The Forest Wednesday 10 May Minimalia_Little Town Vivos Per un figlio Come un fragile incanto di Morgana Thursday 11 May Con gli occhi di Medici Senza Frontiere Conflict Minerals Who does Italy Serve? Inauguration of the 2017 vicino/lontano festival È tempo… View Article

Terzani Prize

The Terzani Prize, which pays homage to the Florentine journalist and writer Tiziano Terzani, was established in 2004 by the Udine cultural association Vicino/Lontano in agreement and with the collaboration of Terzani’s wife, Angela, and their son and daughter, Folco and Saskia Terzani. At the first meeting of the Terzani Prize jury, on December 5,… View Article


Terzani Prize 2016

La fame (‘Hunger’) by the Argentine journalist and writer Martín Caparrós has won the 2016 edition of the Tiziano Terzani International Literary Prize. Published in Italy by Einaudi, the original title, El Hambre, was published by Planeta in 2011. Nearly one billion people worldwide suffer from hunger and every year nine million human beings die… View Article

Previous editions

Past recipients of The Terzani Prize François Bizot, The Gate – 2005; Jonathan Randal, Osama – 2006; Anna Politkovskaya – 2007 (awarded posthumously); Fabrizio Gatti, Bilal – 2008 (not published in English); Ahmed Rashid, Descent into Chaos – 2009; Umberto Ambrosoli, Qualunque Cosa Succede – 2010 (not published in English); Leslie T. Chang, Factory Girls… View Article

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Tiziano Terzani

Born in Florence in 1938, Terzani lived in Asia for thirty years with his wife Angela and their children Folco and Saskia.  His work as correspondent for the German weekly Der Spiegel took him to  Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, Bangkok and New Delhi, where he also worked as a journalist for the Italian newspapers… View Article

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Publishing activities

The contributions of the scientific committee, together with those of some of the speakers who have participated at the annual May festival, are also presented in the book series Vicino/lontano published by Forum Editrice and edited by Marco Pacini in consultation with members of the Vicino/lontano Scientific Committee: Stefano Allievi, Giovanni Leghissa, Giangiorgio Pasqualotto, Pier… View Article