Brace, brace. Cataclisma is back. The third edition of the festival goes digital. This is a tough decision and we have thought a lot about it, but it is the best option given the circumstances of our timeline. And we want to make the best out of these circumstances! That's why we've worked so hard on a terrific line up. It's because we want the cataclysmic wave to hit you hard, even through the speakers of your stereo system! On November 20th we will release 4 episodes of a podcast with the improvisations commissioned to a selection of the most interesting musicians (and not only) on the international scene. We will interview the musicians to understand how they are doing in this difficult moment. We will also have a column dedicated to other european festivals, a twinning to continue building bridges in Europe and around the world. Cataclisma destroys, cataclisma builds! Precisely because the third edition is digital we decided not to lose sight of the physicality and tangibility of things. For this reason it will soon be possible to pre-order together with the tickets of the digital festival also the t-shirts and the postcards of Cataclisma 2020, two limited edition artworks. Folow us on Instagram and Facebook





Podcast episodes and tickets bundles available from November the 20th


Episode bundle - 7 €

1 Episode of your choice between the 4


Podcast bundle - 16 €

4 episodes podcast + 1 limited ed. poscard risograph printed shipped from Rotterdam!


Supporter Bundle - 32 €

4 episodes podcast + 1 limited ed. poscard risograph + 1 limited ed. screen printed Cataclisma T-shirt


Cataclisma Improvisation Festival is a space dedicated to improvisation and musical research. The dissemination of musical experimentation and the connection of the outskirts of Rovigo (IT) with European and world cultural centres are its main and core aims.

Making art in the periphery of the world///

The imbalance in Cultural access and offer between big metropolis and the periphery (suburbs, dormitory suburbs, countrysides, small cities, villages, slums) is fastly growing. The cultural and artistic surplus in the big cities, and their high gravity in actracting artists and musicians (that often understendably never go back) is drying artistic possibilities up from the periphery of the world. The cultural poverty creates inequality. The difference between big cultural poles and the suburbs is day after day more noticeable and affects the political and social life of everyone (the national or international political elections as a fast example).
With our festival we want to build up bridges from the metropolis of culture, to create rich, new, deep artistic events, to keep them in the periphery and to give to the people who live here the tools to fully understand them.

The villa///

The Festival is held in a XVIII century venetian villa, located in the fancy country side of the small town of Badia Polesine near to Rovigo. The Villa has an artistic and historical value but a symbolic value as well, it was indeed expropriate in the 90s to his last owner, a criminal who committed unlawful acts linked to the mafia and the organized crime. The Villa was restored and given back to the community thanks to the association "Libera" and nowdays, social, artistic and researching projects are ongoing inside the house, as naturalistic and agricultural in the charming backyard. More info (only in Italian) about the villa at:

Cataclisma Improvisation Festival 2019///

The second edition of the festival, held in Salvaterra on September the 14th/21th 2019, guested eterogeneous artists. The first night of the festival Katia Vonna Beltran, visual artist, VJ and photographer from France living now in Berlin performed an improvised live cinema set with the music of Crisis Ensemble - the 4et project a.k.a. Marco Bussi at Piano, Pietro Frigato at Guitars, Davide "Dave" Rossato at the Percussions and Daniel Savio at Guitars Objects and Preparations. The second night of C.I.F. saw on the stage Minus - Collettivo d'improvvisazione (Matteo Pastorello and Simone Faraci, Live electronics and Filippo Cassani at the Saxophones) and Pietro Frigato, Marco Bussi and Gianluca Cucco (trumpets) from Ensemble Collettivo Crisis.

The festival is designed and implementated by "Ensemble Collettivo Crisis" and "Infinitamente Aps".
Partners of the the second ed. of the festival are:
ATS Salvaterra, Centro di Documentazione Polesano - Onlus.


Rovigo in diretta



Cataclisma Improvisation Festival 2018///

The first edition of the festival, held in Salvaterra in June/September 2018, saw Ensemble Collettivo Crisis sharing the stage with Johannes Whormann - Saxophone, Giovanni Bertelli - Guitar and Pasquale Paterra - Trumpets, Vlatko Kucan - reeds (, Salatore Panu - accordeon, Massimo Falascone - Saxophone ( and Carla Genchi - Voice.

The festival is designed and implementated by "Ensemble Collettivo Crisis" and "Infinitamente Aps".
Partners of the the festival are:
the town of Badia Polesine, ATS Salvaterra, the Conservatory of Music "F.Venezze" of Rovigo.


Rovigo Oggi
Rovigo in diretta




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