• May 28, 2023

Awards, Lampedus’Amore for the welcome. In the name of Cristiana Matano

A journalistic award in the name of hospitality and integration. Just as she would have wished Christian Matanothe journalist from Campania – but now Palermo by adoption – who left too early in 2015. An award that is assigned from 8 to 10 July in Lampedusa, the island that Cristiana loved more than any other place in the world and which, for her , it only meant one thing: “Happiness”.

The event, organized by the “Occhiblu” Association chaired by Filippo Mulè, journalist and husband of Cristiana Matano, was presented at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. It will be an edition full of guests and appointments: at the opening Paolo Briguglia with “In the sea there are crocodiles”, then Daniele Silvestri and Lidia Schillaci, the violinists Oleksandr Semchuk and Ksenia Milas, the comedian and imitator Leonardo Fiaschi, up to the ceremony of awarding of the selected works.

A rich exchange between those who come and those who, on the other hand, live in Lampedusa, the pleasure of being there: this is the sense of Lampedus’amore, an event where words of peace, brotherhood, coexistence, integration and welcome resound, where contamination , sharing, openness, discussion and dialogue represent the red thread that binds organizers, guests and the public. An opportunity for reflection with a common denominator: Cristiana’s same attention to the southern hemisphere, her same commitment to pursue a passion.

Christian Matano

Christian Matano

“Also this year – commented Mulè – we managed to set up a rich and varied program of quality, continuing to give physicality to our dreams and to ensure the presence of personalities and artists of great depth. Being together, discussing, reflecting, smiling, betting and taking risks: there is all this in the seventh edition of Lampedus’Amore-Cristiana Matano international journalistic prize, there is the desire to celebrate life which is the art of encounter, but above all there is the desire to continue remembering and telling. Let’s start again from beauty, from the values ​​of solidarity and culture, addressing the issues of integration between peoples, social commitment and good journalism. It will be three days that will put love at the center of everything and will launch a strong message of peace and freedom at a time when, not too many kilometers away from us, a devastating conflict is taking place “.

For the superintendent of the Teatro Massimo Marco Betta “It is nice to continue in the wake of a collaboration that has lasted for years between a journalistic award and a place, the Teatro Massimo, keeper of ideas. Lampedus’amore is dedicated to a journalist, Cristiana Matano, who died prematurely, and she could only put the importance of observing reality with all her problems at the center of her programming. Every reporter is a writer of reality. And, like a prism, even the Teatro Massimo and his works do nothing but reflect on our time, reinterpreting it ”.

Lampedus’Amore – Cristiana Matano International Journalistic Award is sponsored by the European Parliament, the Sicilian Region (Tourism, Sport and Entertainment Department), the Sicilian Regional Assembly, the Municipality of Lampedusa, the National Tourism Agency, the National Order of Journalists, from the Order of Journalists of Sicily, from the National Federation of the Press, from Assostampa Sicily and Palermo and from Ussi


On July 8, will open at 9 pm, in Piazza Castello, where the journalist Marina Turco (TGS) will present the opening ceremony with the projection of the video-souvenir of Cristiana Matano, in the presence of personalities and institutional authorities. The first evening is traditionally dedicated to the theater. This year the sadly contemporary story of Enaiatollah Akbarian Afghan child of Hazara ethnicity (averse to the Taliban) forced to trade his innocence in exchange for survival: “In the sea there are crocodiles” is taken from one of the most moving books to appear in recent years, the best seller of Fabio Geda translated in 31 countries, and is now a classic of the theater, in the touching interpretation of Paolo Briguglia.

On July 9, at the Marine Protected Area (6 pm), the literature corner, moderated by Elvira Terranova (AdnKronos), will be dedicated to the presentation of the book La Cala by Giuseppe Ciulla and Catia Catania. It is the story of the Mazara fishermen kidnapped in the Mediterranean in 2020 and held captive for 108 days in Libyan prisons. In the evening (piazza Castello at 9.30 pm), the expected musical evening, presented by Except La Rosa (Rtp-Tgs) with the participation of Daniele Silvestrione of the most famous voices of the Italian song of recent years, and of Lidia Schillaci, winner of Tale and Which Show.

July 10 it starts in the morning, at Lampedusa airport (10-13), with the conference, organized in collaboration with the European Parliament – which strongly wanted it – the Order of Journalists and the National Press Federation, entitled: ” Migrations between politics, information and culture: rights, solidarity and responsibility “. There is a need to discuss a review of the European asylum policy to effectively deal with the flows that start from crisis situations and follow routes such as the Mediterranean one and, at the same time, the Ukrainian tragedy returns to the center of the agenda journalistic the importance of deontological rules on respect for the person and his dignity, without discrimination based on race, religion or gender.

The final evening, presented by Laura Cannavò (TG5) and Salvo La Rosa, will begin at 9.30 pm, in Piazza Castello, with the award ceremony of the Cristiana Matano International Journalistic Awards. Four sections: Foreign Press, National Press (print, online and agencies), National Press (TV, radio, web, audio and video), Emerging Journalist (under 30).

Remembering David Sassoli, an award will be awarded to Emergency for its humanitarian commitment in memory of Gino Strada. Acknowledgments to the students of the Pelagie Islands who took part in the training course on journalism and legality and the excellence of Lampedusa. The part of the show is entrusted to the Ukrainian-Russian pair of violinists Oleksandr Semchuk And Ksenia Milasto the stand-up comedian and imitator Leonardo Fiaschi and to the students of Expression Danza Lampedusa.

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