Some of the guests that came to Caorle in the past editions are John Hemingway (grandson of Ernest Hemingway), Arrigo Cipriani (Venice Harry’s Bar), Andrea Angeli (spokesman, over the past 30 years, of UN an EU peacekeeping missions), Ariel Addad (Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Ljubljana, in Slovenia), Imam Nader Akkad (national responsible for the inter-religious dialogue), Valentina Bach (Secretary-General of United World College Adriatic), Limes’ authoritative voice Gugliemo Cevolin, Princess Elettra Marconi, General Franco Angioni, Andrea Iacomini (spokesman of UNICEF Italia), the Campiello Prize winner Pino Roveredo, Irina Ivancich Marchesi, Adriana Ivancich’s niece, Rosella Mamoli Zorzi, scholar among the top experts of the Ernest Hemingway’s works, Paolo Rozera, general director of Unicef Italia, the Nobel prize Filippo Giorgi, and Roberto Lillo, the scientist Mohamed H.A. Hassan, the journalists Sergio Canciani, Roberto Papetti, Gerardo Pelosi, Giuseppe Gioia, Roberto Nardi, Paolo Brinis, Edoardo Pittalis, Fausto Biloslavo, Tiziana Ferrario, Alex Chasen, Floriana Bulfon, Claudia Rispolic, Daniele Bellocchio, Maarten van Aalderen and Massimo Minella.
Other public figures who arrived on the island are Fernando Proce (eclectic host of the RTL 102.5 radio show La famiglia giù al nord (“the family down north”), along with the American journalist Jennifer Pressman and the journalist Fabio Carini, patron of Cuffie d’Oro Radio Awards, the prestigious communication prize created with Charlie Gnocchi, awarded to the Papa Award in 2015 at the Open Plaza of Expo Milano 2015.
The event in Caorle also hosted Giandomenico Cortese, editor of Hemingway and the Great War, and Alberto Luca, President of the Luca Foundation. But the language of food and music were also protagonists of the week dedicated to Hemingway and “coloured” the midsummer event. The melodies played by Irene Pauletto and Anna Possamai, young harpists of the Music School Santa Cecilia of Portogruaro (Venice), paid tribute to Ernest Hemingway in the anniversary of his birth. That day, in collaboration with the Benetton Study and Research Foundation, the Corriere della Sera Foundation and Michele Concina (heir of Fernanda Pivano, historic translator of Ernest Hemingway’s works), the public could listen to a digitalised version of a recorded transcontinental phone call made by Hemingway and Pivano back in 1957. The listening was not only exclusive, but also particularly touching for those who had the pleasure and the privilege to take part to the events dedicated to the American writer in Caorle.
The Papa Award is therefore a fast track to talk about the intense and lasting relationship of Ernest Hemingway with the island of Caorle, which emphasises, during the days dedicated to the writer, its distinctiveness of old fisher village. As a matter of fact, the sea and the lagoon, much beloved by Hemingway, are the beating heart of an island that means to consolidate its tie with the history of the 20th century, which found in men like Ernest Hemingway, Lino Benatelli (known as Nino Beo) and Baron Raimondo Nanuk Franchetti some of its protagonists.