Since 1997, Festivaletteratura is one of the most awaited Italian cultural events of the year, a five-day meeting with authors, readings, guided tours, shows, and concerts with artists from all over the world, who meet in Mantua to live in an unforgettable party atmosphere.
Internationally renowned storytellers and poets participate in the Festival, the most interesting voices of emerging literature, and still essayists, musicians, artists, scientists, according to a broad and curious meaning of literature, which is not denied to the knowledge of territories and languages far from the traditional fees.
Particular attention is paid to children and adolescents: numerous meetings, shows, and workshops are designed only for children or for adults and children together. All of this in Mantua, a pearl of the Renaissance recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site, where the collected dimension of the city brings together authors and readers, allowing everyone to move easily from one appointment to another.
Starting from an initiative “from the bottom” of simple citizens who immediately tried to share their idea with the rest of the city – inspired by a consolidated model in other European countries, in particular the Anglo-Saxon area – the Festival was immediately made precisely from the Mantuan community, as demonstrated by the widespread adherence of small and large economic realities among the supporters and sponsors, the extraordinary participation at the level of volunteering, the provision of spaces or other collaborations by individual persons or associations of the territory.
To date Festivaletteratura, enriched by the creation of an archive where the materials accumulated over years of activity are collected, keeps its innovative drive intact and continues to be a reference point for authors (Italian and otherwise) who renew their adhesion to the formula original, for volunteers of all ages who embody the seriously playful spirit, for cultural institutions, libraries and reading groups that offer an essential support to the increasingly consolidated realization of projects and initiatives able to continue inside and outside the Festival during the year.