The festival, which began in 1999 and was called Ancient/Present, was based on an idea by Marcello Di Bella who at the time was Director of the Cultural Institutes of the Municipality of Rimini. Its aim is to promote the study of the present, with an eye on the future. An opportunity to reflect and share ideas with internationally-renowned scholars who debate themes of great interest such as history, archaeology, anthropology, philosophy, literature and religion.