Riace. An Italian story

1 November 2019

– FILL Festival with King’s College London regrets to announce that this event has been cancelled, due to personal circumstances of the main speaker. A full refund has been issued to all ticket-holders via Eventbrite. In case you still want to donate to the charities that were supposed to receive the proceeds from the evening, you can do so on their donation pages: Crisis and Proactiva Open Arms. –


Domenico Lucano in conversation with John Foot. Introduced by journalist Laura Tussi. Right before FILL 2019 kicks off, join us for an extraordinary pre-festival evening with a figure who has inspired the world. Organised by FILL Festival in partnership with King’s College London and with Language Acts and Worldmaking.

When Domenico Lucano became mayor of Riace, a small village in Calabria, Southern Italy, the village was depopulated. The major decided to take in asylum seekers from more than 20 countries and allow them to settle; by doing this, he managed to revitalise his village, prevent the closure of the local school, and set a successful example of integration. In 2016, American magazine Fortune included Lucano in its list of the world’s most influential leaders. Film director Wim Wenders made a documentary about the Riace experience. Despite a long stream of political attacks, Lucano and the Riace experience have become a symbol of inclusion in Italy and worldwide.

This event will be in English and Italian with English translation provided.

Proceeds from the evening will be donated to Proactiva Open Arms and Crisis.

Tickets: £ 5.

1 November 2019, 7 pm – 8.30 pm
Venue: The Lucas Lecture Theatre (S-2.18), King’s College, Strand WC2R 2LS


Domenico Lucano

after working as a teacher and human rights activist, he was mayor of Riace between 2004 and 2018. He gained worldwide attention thanks to his innovative approach to refugees in the context of the European migrant crisis.

Laura Tussi

is an Italian journalist and is the co-editor of Riace, musica per l'umanità (Mimesis Edizioni 2019), a book featuring in-depth pieces and interviews about the Riace experiment.


John Foot

is a historian specialising in Italy. He writes for The Guardian, the TLS, the LRB, and Italian magazine Internazionale. His latest book is The Archipelago: Italy Since 1945 (Bloomsbury 2018). After living for many years in Italy, he is now professor at University of Bristol.