Arts & Culture

Literary encounter with D.J. Healey at the Sicilian Film Festival

Literary encounter with D.J. Healey at the Sicilian Film Festival

  I stretched out on the rooftop lounge chair at the Sicilian Film Festival waiting for its book conference to start. Then, with only minutes to spare before the starting bell, I walked over to the author and keynote speaker David Healey and introduced myself. Mr. Healey would soon be discussing his novella, Kindness for […]

Sicily unveiled by Jean Paul Barreaud

Sicily unveiled by Jean Paul Barreaud

A Story of Love Between a Foreigner and an Island       Traveling along with Jean Paul Bareaud, a polyhedrical cultural French guide in Sicily since the beginning of the ’80s, one will discover the hidden marvels of Sicily and its most interesting and charming sites. The isle represents a land of intrigue and mystery complete […]

Scenes from the Sicilian Film Festival (Part 1)

Scenes from the Sicilian Film Festival (Part 1)

    His name was Emanuele Viscuso. From the moment he clamped onto my hand like a vice, and his eyes penetrated mine, similar to a sculptor detecting an image trapped in a chunk of marble, I felt reminded of the famed Rossano Brazzi. I wondered if Emanuele and Rossano might have been distant cousins. In […]

UNESCO list of endangered Languages: Sicilian classified as “Vulnerable”

UNESCO list of endangered Languages: Sicilian classified as “Vulnerable”

In this article we would like to introduce the UNESCO project to safeguard the world’s linguistic diversity. The aim of the project is to raise awareness about language endangerment and it intends to do this through the “Endangered Languages Programme”. According to UNESCO a language is in danger when its speakers cease to use it, […]

The Language We Speak

The Language We Speak

For the longest time there has been a great and long debate about the Sicilian language. The debate centers on two issues: 1) is the Sicilian a language or a dialect? If a language, 2) should it be listed as a minority language? The arguments have been long and exhausting, without ever reaching an agreement. […]