About Torino Spiritualità

Torino Spiritualità is a privileged space for reflection. It is a home for those who never stop asking questions. Far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is the place where we can search for the deepest meaning of our being and our time.

Four days of meetings, dialogues, lectures, and readings to grow together through debates, exchanges and encounters between consciences, faiths, cultures, and religions from all over the world.

A project of Fondazione Circolo dei lettori launched in 2005, Torino Spiritualità has become an event not to be missed for more than 25,000 people from all over Italy. An actual community of thought and search, the soul of a productive dialogue made of words and silences, listening and experiencing.

Philosophers, theologians, historians, writers, artists, scientists, politicians, and economists from all over the world accompany the public’s journey. Their voices offer a plurality of ideas and perspectives. Every year, local and national associations, agencies, cultural and research institutions contribute to giving shape the event. The intent is never to give answers, but rather to raise new questions.

From the city centre to its suburbs, from urban spaces to the surrounding region: at Torino Spiritualità the spirit of spaces is a subject and an inspiration for research. Theatres, places of worship, libraries, museums, and the hills of Turin: Torino Spiritualità transforms the city and the territory into an open space for reflection.



Torino Spiritualità 2020

It is liberation, relief, respite. It is life. It is deep, it is wide, it is long. It needs to be resumed, to be held, to be regulated. It is short because of a sudden emotion. It could lack. It could be the last one, and the first. It is the breath. And the rhythm of breathing is that of our freedom.

The 16th edition of Torino Spiritualità is dedicated to Breath. It will return from September 24 to 27, 2020 for four days of reflection through encounters of faiths, cultures and religions.

It is a topic that immerses into today, into the present marked by the Covid-19 emergency, for a festival that becomes an opportunity to deepen and encounter, to grow personally, and to exchange ideas. Never strange to the world, never detached from the life and needs of people. This is also why the festival will change shape: the current situation imposes rules that can and must become an opportunity to experience culture in a different way, but equally profound and engaging. Scattered meetings in unconventional spaces to live the city; urban itineraries to do together, to discover ourselves as part of what surrounds us; online events to involve the national territory, for a festival always more inclusive: Torino Spiritualità changes but remains itself, adapts to the current situation, but interprets it, above all. At the center of the meetings with philosophers, historians, sociologists, representatives of the faiths and of the world’s cultures, it is the breath, which we discovered and rediscovered during the emergency.

In the months of the lockdown, we understood what breathing really means: the most automatic of all actions comes out from the shadow of habit. We had to learn to study our breath, to watch over it, to fear that of others. And again, thinking about being incapable of breathing meant imagining being deprived of ourselves, because from the first cry to the last breath our existence is our breath.

Breathing, in fact, reveals every fold of human feeling: the cut breath because of fear, the held one because of waiting, the quick and dry inhalation of surprise, the big breath of fatigue, the deep breath of concentration and of prayer. And it is no coincidence that the breath innervates all philosophical and spiritual traditions: it is the pneuma of classical Greek, it is the vital breath that God breathes into man, it is the prana of the Indian tradition.

Equal to the breath is also the double step through which we know the world and elaborate it: an inhalation to bring the outside into us, and an exhalation to give back what we took in visions, words and thoughts.

Iin the two weekends preceding the start of the event, the Spiritual Walks return to oxygenate the heart and mind between valleys and woods. But this year the destinations will not be only the mountains, because even in the city, with the right guides, it is possible to enjoy the beauty of nature.


The previous editions


There are many sides to the night, and they stir up different emotions. Some fear its sinister darkness, others enjoy the intriguing dances of its shadows. Some want to run away from its lack of clarity, others search for it, as it is a place for rest, respite, and reflection. Torino Spiritualità 2019 is a journey through the night to measure the intensity of darkness, the shapes of shadows, the impact of the light that shakes us – the light outside and inside of us.

A firm and concise, gentle yet unshakeable objection to express our dissent against these blurred times. A refusal that does not stem from hostility, fear or individualism, but rather from the inner desire to protect our own humanity and that of others. Even when this choice comes with a high price.

2017 | LITTLE ME
Do we remain or become children? Do we refuse to grow up or, as adults, do we unearth a treasure that we thought lost?

Silent and enigmatic, animals live next to us every day, yet their point of view is the perspective of the ultimate “other”. A constant provocation that reveals something new about our way of inhabiting the planet.

That complex mix of matter and transcendence that builds and unites people.

How many times in life do the mind and heart work as good allies? Favouring one or the other, we run the risk of living a half-life. When we learn how to harmonize them and let them work together, we realize what it means to be full human beings. This is the “intelligent heart”: the “formidable combination” of reason and feelings.

Choosing means shaping ourselves, constantly reinventing our lives. To choose is to avoid conditioning, to bring order to the chaos of our desires, to subvert our habits. To choose is to never stop searching for the meaning of life.

Often, even what seems light soon reveals its weight. But honest wisdom and the bright intelligence of a smile escape this fate and let us look at the world and infinity with new eyes.

Reflecting on the end tells you not to give up on your responsibilities. In fact, it forces each one of us to confront ourselves, more than we would normally do. Living on the edge of time can teach us a method to endure this world. Even to the point of reversing a prophecy.

2010 | FOR FREE
When our hands are empty, our heart is exposed. When our hands are filled, what we receive echoes the soul of the giver. The value of gift as a bond that can strengthen the spirit of a community.

Using introspection and reflection to unveil appearances and reveal what truly is is the common thread of all great religious traditions, philosophy, and of that continuous digging in ourselves that is our life.

2008 | HOPES
Impulse towards the future, trust in what will happen, or responsible, active investigation of the present: an exploration of hope in the private and public sphere, in everyone’s daily life and in current affairs.

Knowledge and experience, pain and pleasure: by mapping the connections that exist between body and soul, we can go beyond the links that are normally established between personal identity and society, science and faith.

Conflicts can only be overcome and solved if we acknowledge the need for coexistence. For a shared global citizenship.

Fundamentals and fundamentalisms, what non-believers believe in, new morals.



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