The International Journalism Festival (Perugia to its friends), is taking place from 11–15 April. It’s the twelve edition and it is, as ever, free.
Beyond the spring sun and Umbrian hospitality, this is why everyone loves it.
With over 300 panels, you’re going to miss out. Once you accept that, the fear of missing out disappears. Hunting out obscure and niche panels outside of the keynotes is hugely rewarding.
The festival elevates new voices and demands diversity on all panels. This policy is not an afterthought, but a core part of any conversation with the organisers.
Time away from the events is always well spent. Chance encounters are an amazing way to meet someone new and kickstart a partnership. Streets lined with espresso bars and ice-cream parlours help make this happen.
Okay, there are always VIPs. But nowhere can students and aspiring journalists connect so effortlessly to the leaders in our field as in Perugia. No green-rooms or red ropes will get in your way. All you need is an interesting question.
So, is Perugia the best journalism festival in the world?
Let’s discuss this over sundowners in the Brufani.
The European Journalism Centre will be at Perugia in force. Here’s what we’re up to.