English, Franch, Italian
2-4 weeks
Paid by host 

CDDI is a nonprofit organization currently functioning without any external financing. At the moment they can continue to host artists only based on artists’ contributions.

Paid by artist 

Residents are responsible for their travel, working materials, food and personal expenses during the residency.

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Castello dei Destini Inventati

Castello dei Destini Inventati


CDDI is a non-profit institution intent both on promoting the highest achievements of contemporary culture in Italy and abroad, and on supporting local emerging talent. The center is dedicated to serving as an independent platform that aims to help foster the development of creative ideas in the spheres of contemporary art, design, architecture, cinema, literature, theater, music, digital crafts, digital art and new media.
The festival (second edition) THE HANGED MAN is also inspired by the book The Castle of Crossed Destinies by the Italian writer Italo Calvino, includes meetings, concerts, performances, video art, and a great final performance/community play (19, 20 and 21 august) that will involve artists and residents. Each artist and the whole cast will develope their performance inspired by the twelfth card of tarots' deck - the Hanged Man. This card is one of the most mysterious in the tarot deck. It is simple, but complex. It attracts, but also disturbs. It contradicts itself in countless ways. The Hanged Man is unsettling because it symbolizes the action of paradox in our lives. The Hanged Man presents to us certain truths, but they are hidden between their opposites.
The festival program allows to meet the two most pressing needs for contemporary artists: the ability to realize projects made by, with, and for a community and the opportunity to make professional connections.
The little hamlet of Rocca Sinibalda (smart digital village - in collaboration with Roland Italy) with its important Castle is the place where artists can realize their work in a magical venue. The program offers an equally potent stimulus, both to those who travel here and to those who live here.
The CDDI welcomes applications from artists working in the fields of painting, sculpture, graphics, photography, video, installation, performance, choreography, theater, music and street art.
Participants spend up to five weeks in an intense collaborative creative environment. The Summer Program provides a unique opportunity to work in a magical venue with established professionals in the international performing arts world; to forge relationships with artists from a broad range of experience levels and disciplines; to develop international professional contacts.


The outcome will be an artistic-collective-theatrical performance made by, with, and for the community, a collaboration between community members and professional artists. In the last 3 days, the plays will be performed inside the Castle and on the streets of the Rocca Sinibalda hamlet.

Accommodation Information 

10 rooms.

Studio Information 

Inside and outside spaces.

Technical Information 

Utilities, internet service and Fab lab with 3d printer.


Located 70 km east of Rome, inside the Rocca Sinibalda hamlet, the Castle of Rocca Sinibalda is one of the most fascinating Italian castles. Listed as a National Monument, it has been standing since the 1Oth century on a spur of rock overhanging the Turano Valley. Its current appearance comes from a bold zoomorphic design by the Renaissance architect Baldassarre Peruzzi: a powerful military fortress doubling with a sumptuous aristocratic palace. Also, a majestic eagle with its folded wings; or, more likely, a weird and sinister scorpion.

Comune di Rocca Sinibalda
02026 Rocca Sinibalda RI

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