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Festivaletteratura in Mantua

Festivaletteratura in Mantua

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.

Bologna Children’s Book Fair – CANCELLED

Bologna Children’s Book Fair – CANCELLED

CANCELLED – The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the world’s leading professional event dedicated to the children’s publishing industry, attracting over 1,400 exhibitors and more than 29,000 visitors from around 80 countries. The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is an industry leading event that has succeeded in bringing together a unique and diverse global audience over the past 50 years. The result is the world’s premium copyright exchange hub when it comes to publishing, extending to current multimedia and licensing businesses for children’s stories, illustration, animation and related areas. Publishers, illustrators, graphic designers, literary agents, authors, translators, mobile developers, licencors and licensees, packagers, printers, distributors, audiobook professionals, booksellers, brands, librarians and teachers all flock to the event each spring to experience the world of books and multimedia products in thousands of booths across six huge halls. The world famous Illustrators BExhibition and industry recognized BolognaRagazzi awards are some of key pillars that make this event so special: BCBF is a unique mix of a cultural book show and an international rights business forum for all types of content for children.

Più libri più liberi / More Books More Freedom

Più libri più liberi / More Books More Freedom

Più libri più liberi (More Books More Freedom) is the National Fair of small and medium publishing, taking place in Rome from the 4th to 8th December 2019. Starting in December 2002 from an idea of ​​the Piccoli Editori Group (Small Group of Editors) of the Italian Publishers Association. The goal is to offer the greatest possible number of small publishers a space to bring their production to the forefront, as they are often “obscured” by larger companies, guaranteeing them the window they deserve. Since 2017, the event has been held at the new congress center in the capital, La Nuvola (The Cloud), designed by the famous architect Massimiliano Fuksas. Più libri più liberi is the only trade fair in the world dedicated exclusively to independent publishing, where every year around 500 publishers, coming from all over Italy, present their news and their catalog to the public. Five days and over 600 events in which to meet the authors, attend readings and musical performances, listen to debates on the issues of the sector.

Festivaletteratura in Mantua

Festivaletteratura in Mantua

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.

FILL – Festival of Italian Literature in London

FILL – Festival of Italian Literature in London

Two days of events, over 30 speakers, authors and thinkers from different backgrounds, established authors and younger radical ones. Italian, British, and international voices will discuss migration, politics, the present and future of London, Italy, gender, and how Brexit is already affecting novels and poems.

Today more than ever, London is a crossroad where the great movements of our time meet. In the aftermath of the referendum vote we felt the need to organise a new engaging cultural event, and this is the outcome.

Visitors will be able to enjoy panel discussions, readings, book launches, a collaborative poetry event especially devised for the festival, and DJ sets.

{See below for full schedule, event costs and ticketing}

 

Full Schedule

october 21

Saturday 21 October, 11:00, special event at the Italian Cultural Institute. Free
After Ferrante
With Rebecca Servadio, Christopher MacLehose, Eva Ferri

Literary scout Rebecca Servadio leads a panel discussion with prominent publishers and editors on the new “Italian wave” in the UK publishing market.

Saturday October 21, 14:45, Coronet Theatre – Studio. £ 5
Italian politics for dummies
With Christian Raimo, Jonathan Hopkin, Caterina Soffici

What is wrong (again) with Italian politics? The entire western world is in political turmoil, but when it comes to Italy, this turmoil seems to be deep and particularly complex.

Saturday October 21, 15:30, Coronet Theatre – Bar. Free event
Italians
With Serena Braida, Giorgia Bernardini

Literary magazine Colla presents Italians, a special issue entirely dedicated to female Italian authors living outside of Italy. The event includes readings by …

Saturday October 21, 16:45, Coronet Theatre – Auditorium. £ 5
Gateway to Europe
With Pietro Bartolo, Lidia Tilotta, Clare Longrigg

The moving and essential story of an Italian doctor who has worked for 25 years on the front line of what is perhaps the largest mass migration in human history. The island of Lampedusa has hit the world headlines …

Saturday October 21, 17:15, Coronet Theatre – Studio. £ 5
The present is female. Women in storytelling
With Ka Bradley, Jen Calleja, Claudia Durastanti, Sara Taylor

While we talk about new exciting ways to write across genders, women’s writing is still cornered as marginal or «exceptional».

Saturday October 21, 19:00, Coronet Theatre – Auditorium. £ 5
The last London? Present and future of a global city
With Iain Sinclair, Olivia Laing, Andrea Lissoni

‘Brexodus’, housing crisis, frantic development plans, homelessness, social isolation, corporate greed are just some of the issues that overshadow the present and future of London. What will be of this city we live in?

Saturday October 21, 21:00, Coronet Theatre – Studio. £5
Suburra. When in Rome, do as Netflix does
With Giancarlo De Cataldo

Based on the eponymous crime novel, set on the Roman coast, Suburra is Netflix’s first Italian Original Series, a new entry on the increasingly lively scene …

Saturday October 21, 18:15 and 20:30, Coronet Theatre – Bar. Free event
Sugo Collective DJ set

An Italian-inspired DJ set in the Café of the Festival.

FREE – NO BOOKING

october 22

Sunday October 22, 14:45, Coronet Theatre – Studio. £ 5
Il cielo in una stanza / The world we live in
With Katherine Angel, Simon Barraclough, Alessandro Burbank, Maria Borio, Marzia D’Amico, Chrissy Williams

Who is an Italian writer? Who can claim ownership of a language? In this unique collaborative performance, devised especially for FILL, six bilingual authors from different backgrounds …

Sunday October 22, 15:15, Coronet Theatre – Bar. Free event
The Brexit of children
With Pierdomenico Baccalario

A kids-friendly literary event with Italian writer Pierdomenico Baccalario, who will be reading for the first time from a new Brexit-inspired story …

Sunday October 22, 16:30, Coronet Theatre – Auditorium. £ 5
Citizens of Nowhere?
With Melania Mazzucco, Lauren Elkin

Theresa May said that “if you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere.” Issues of belonging, roots, community and bonds seem to matter more than ever in the Brexit-era world.

Sunday October 22, 17:00, Coronet Theatre – Studio. £ 5
The secret history of Italian (and British) music
With Valerio Mattioli, Rob Young

Pop music, counterculture, movie scores, spaghetti western, progressive rock, obscure psychedelic sounds… What happened in Italy between the 1960s and 1970s opened up …

Sunday October 22, 18:45, Coronet Theatre – Auditorium. £5
Zerocalcare
With Zerocalcare

An evening with Italy’s most beloved cartoonist. (This event will be in Italian).

Sunday October 22, 18:00 and 20:15, Coronet Theatre – Bar. Free event
Sugo Collective DJ set

An Italian-inspired DJ set in the Café of the Festival.

FREE – NO BOOKING
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