Patrick Zaki will open the Wired Next Fest in Florence

Patrick Zaki will open the Wired Next Fest in Florence

Patrick Zaki, the Egyptian activist and student at the University of Bologna who ended up in prison in Egypt for 670 days due to some Facebook posts, will be the first guest of the Next Fest in Florence, scheduled for Saturday 28 May at Palazzo Old . To his testimony, which will take place remotely, the task of opening the day dedicated to the future of democracy.

After two years of full digital editions due to the pandemic, the event promoted by and the home Condé Nast publisher then returns live with a first Florentine stop, followed by a Milanese one on 7 and 8 October. Sponsored by the Municipality of Florence, the day will see intellectuals and activists alternate on the stage, but also politicians and artists who will confront each other on all the challenges that liberal democracies have to face in recent years.

Sign up for the event An event that, as always, will be free for the public, who are only required to register at this link in order to access the Salone dei Cinquecento and the Sala d'Arme more quickly, the two spaces inside Palazzo Vecchio that will host the Next Fest.

In addition to the guests already announced, Hell Raton, rapper, talent scout, artistic and creative director and founder, together with Salmo, Enigma and Slait, of Machete Empire Records will take the stage together with Patrick Zaki. He was one of the judges of the 2020 and 2021 editions of X Factor; the actor Alessandro Borghi, winner in 2019 of the David di Donatello as Best Actor for "On my skin", a film dedicated to the story of Stefano Cucchi. He is among the protagonists of the series “Diavoli”, whose second season is broadcast on Sky; rapper Gemitaiz, one of the leading exponents of Italian hip hop who on May 13 will release "Eclissi", the new recording project four years after "Davide", certified triple platinum; Senator Barbara Floridia, Undersecretary for Education involved in the dossiers related to the School ReGeneration plan and the ius scholae; the self-taught chef Niko Romito, who achieved three Michelin stars and became one of the most famous chefs in the world; the honorable Mattia Fantinati, president of the parliamentary intergroup on digital transformation and internet governance.

The other guests In addition, the director and screenwriter Roberto De Feo will also participate in the Next Fest in Florence, considered one of the most talented figures of the Italian horror scene. His second film “A Classic Horror Story”, in addition to a David di Donatello nomination, was included by Netflix Italy in the Top 10 of the best Netflix original productions of 2021; the philosopher, writer and television commentator Maura Gancitano, creator with Andrea Colamedici of Tlon, a community dedicated to social and cultural issues that has collected 224 thousand followers on Instagram; Sick Luke, one of the youngest and most prolific producers and rappers in Italy; Mattak, considered the most influential current rapper in Italian-speaking Switzerland; the director of the daily Domani Stefano Feltri, in bookstores in recent weeks with “Il parte degli Influencer” (Einaudi); the writer Sabrina Efionayi, who told her incredible story as an adopted daughter unaware that the biological mother was the woman who prostituted herself across the street in the novel "Addio, adomani" (Einaudi) and in the podcast Italianah, produced by Chora Average; the scientific journalist Roberta Villa, the famous face of the social networks that she used to tell the pandemic with a popular approach; Francesco Seghezzi, president of the Adapt Foundation and researcher on the issues of the relationship between work and technological innovation; Mauro Leonardi and Carmelo Pappalardo, or the Karma B the most famous drag queens in Italy, regular guests of Propaganda Live on La7; the author, actor and director Paolo Camilli, who uses his Instagram profile of 250 thousand followers to give space to his many characters; Pier Paolo Di Fiore, full professor of General Pathology at the University of Milan, director of the Novel Diagnostics Program of the European Institute of Oncology, as well as owner of a research project of the Airc Foundation; Edoardo Ferrario, stand up comedian, imitator and Italian TV personality, creator, author and interpreter of Esami - La serie, which has millions of views on YouTube; the comedian, author and stand-up comedian Stefano Rapone, now the shoulder of Fiorella Mannoia in the new Rai 3 program, La version of Fiorella; the science popularizer Simone Angioni, who has chosen Instagram as his platform of choice and has just published “With the right energy. Oil, natural gas, coal, hydroelectric, solar, wind, nuclear, hydrogen, geothermal. Because it is important to know what we are talking about ”(Gribaudo); Laccio, stage name of Emanuele Cristofoli, considered one of the most important choreographers in the world, who boasts among his most recent works XFactor, the Eurovision Song Contest and The Young Pope; Francesca Montinaro, one of the most popular set designers on the international scene, has created sets for the most important live and TV events, from Sanremo to the Eurovision Song Contest; actress Lorella Cesarini, known for the role of Isabelle Mbamba in the Suburra series, was co-host of the second evening of for Sanremo 2022; the actor Livio Kone, one of the faces of Zero, Antonio Dikele Distefano's first TV series published on Netflix and star of Noi, the Italian adaptation of the very successful American TV series This is us; the actor Miguel Gobbo Diaz, from 2018 among the main characters of the Rai 1 Nero a Metà 3 TV series alongside Claudio Amendola. In 2021 he voiced Rico in the Zero series of Zerocalcare on Netflix; the journalist and writer Sabrina Pisu, who has followed some of the most important national and international events for the multilingual Euronews television channel and is the author of the biography of Letizia Battaglia “I take the world wherever it is” (Einaudi); Linda Feki, aka LNDFK, musician, singer and composer of Neapolitan and Arab origins who released in 2022 "Kuni", a concept album produced by Dario Bass about love and death that moves between contaminated jazz, neo soul and hip hop; Daniele Rosselli, one of the admin of Calciatori Brutti, the largest football social-community in Italy that tells the world of football through satire; the trans activist Francesco Cicconetti, who uses social networks to tell about his transition path. Instagram profile is followed by 163 thousand people; the Tiktoker by 180 thousand fans Andrea Borello, who uses his account to explain the dynamics of politics.

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