In collaboration with:

From August 31 and September 17, 2020

A project by CROSS Festival and Asia – Europe Foundation (ASEF)
Produced by ASEF in collaboration with ASEF – culture360
Curated by Giulia Poli and Valentina Riccardi
First Edition

Cross Festival is delighted to announce the first edition of a Podcast dedicated to the festival and its artists. The Podcast will be a journey throughout the projects, the shows, and the experiences originated by the festival. The two episodes, which will be released in September 2020, will be a half-an-hour (or so) conversation and will include interviews with professionals from all over the world. A special focus will be given to collaborations between Asia and Europe. Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) will produce the podcast thanks to the media partnership agreement between CROSS Festival and culture360. is an online platform offering up-to-date information on arts, culture and heritage from 51 countries in Asia and Europe. The podcast is the first step of a long-term relationship based on the mutual effort to enhance collaboration between the people of Asia and Europe through opportunities that enable a fruitful exchange of ideas.

EPISODE 1 CROSS Festival: the past, present, and future

A journey to discover the history of the festival and to map the 2020’s edition with its ability to adapt to the limitations and opportunities generated by the Covid19 pandemic. The episode, which will also anticipate some news on the 2021 program, especially regarding the developments of the collaborations with Asia, includes interviews with Antonella Cirigliano (Artistic Director of CROSS Festival), Tommaso Sacchi (cultural council member of the Municipality of Florence and also the funder and curator of CROSS – Award), Giulia Poli (Coordinator partnerships with Asia). The episode, which is enriched by a speech by Donatella Ferrante (Italian Minister of Culture), is presented by Valentina Riccardi (Senior Project Manager, Culture Department ASEF).


EPISODE 2 CRISOL – Creative Processes project, the East Asia Path

The project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Culture thanks to Boarding Pass Plus 2019, is an innovative and ambitious project that proposes dialogue and cooperation between an Italian network of partners and several international organizations and festivals. Discover a collaborative project between artists from Italy, India, Hong Kong, China, Macau and Singapore. The episod, with the participation of Giulia Poli and coordinated by Valentina Riccardi, includes interviews with Maurizia Settembri Project Leader of CRISOL, Raymond Wong General Manager of the City Contemporary Dance Company in Hong Kong, Jayachandran Palazhy Artistic Director of the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts in Bangalore, India, and Fabrizio Massini Italian Dramaturg working between Italy and China.


In 2018 Cross Project is a partner of “Crossing the sea”, a long term-strategy project that aims to establish connection and cooperation between the performing art sector in Italy and in the Middle East and Asiatic countries, establishing a dedicated mobility fund. The project is supported by the Italian Ministry of Culture and Heritage.

An internationalization process that focus on networking, sharing of information, understanding of different audiences, coproductions, participation at asiatic platform, hosting of meeting and shows.

The project follows a simple scheme:

  • selection of the artists and young professionals and creation of the “Crossing the sea” dossier, promoted to the international partnership but also in occasion of exchanges and visits abroad;
  • proposals of activities made by the international partners, who can select from the “Crossing the sea” dossier artists and companies to take part in those activities, according to their specific needs and artistic views. The international partners offer also invitation for the young professionals to festivals, events, platforms;
  • tutoring and support of the selected artists, companies and young professionals to partecipate in the opportunities abroad;
  • promotion in Italy of the activities realized abroad, presentation of results and creation of networking occasion for all the sector in occasion of events managed by the Italian partners.


CROSS Project is committed to creating contexts, experiences and training and laboratory projects through which it continues to make the most of the experience gained over the years within the LIS LAB creative nest. The ability to create human and site-specific projects is valued as a tool to bring contemporary performance languages closer to each other in national and international contexts involving young and training audiences. In 2019 CROSS Project takes care of the international project Plovdiv by Senses, through which it involves young artists at the end of their high school and artistic training in the production of a site-specific itinerant performance.


From 2019 CROSS participates in the creation of the national network consisting of houses, theater performances and a passionate audience of TeatroxCasa. The goal of the project is to allow quality shows to live and spread freely and independently, allowing the public to choose, advise, promote and propose their tastes. Teatroxcasa was born from a reflection on sharing, participation, freedom, cultural protest and the power of choice. The shows on Teatroxcasa are designed to enter a living room, because culture can be light and space-saving, so much so that it can be anywhere … especially in your homes.