Once again this year the fall session of the International Puppet and Figure Festival Arriving from the Sea! is dedicated to the meeting and confrontation of different generations of theatrical performers and lovers of the art of the Figure. From the very young who are about to appear on the threshold of this world without yet knowing if their path will develop into a real profession, such as the youngsters who are still attending the two High Training Courses promoted by the Emilia-Romagna Region and financed by the European Union, dedicated to the art of the Figure: ANIMATERIA and ATELIER delle FIGURE; to neo-professionals at their first production, to experienced companies that have chosen this festive moment to celebrate their anniversary or, again, historical presences of Italian theater such as the precious testimonies on Maria Signorelli. A generational melting pot to trigger creative and ideational fuses, to respect the wise silence by filling it with energy and to be present at the center of the cultural debate that for a year has been crushed almost solely by the pandemic problem, we can say "wrapped up " using a slang dear to the 1980s, but still relevant today. Festival directors are often asked the question "what is a festival"? A unambiguous answer is difficult. A Festival should first of all be a place where ideas can be channeled , leaving a time for them to be heard with the hope that they can then germinate in each of the active and passive protagonists. Ideas that one must have the strength and courage to express, share, discuss while respecting the various artistic personalities and Ethics (Ethos) that should always be the basis of "civil living."