inside the programme

The central themes of Flip’s 14th festival

At Flip 2016, which takes place between June 29 and July 3, and pays special homage to the poet Ana Cristina Cesar, poetry plays a central role. In addition to poetry, we highlight here some of the areas of literature that are to be found in the main programme.

A tribute to Ana Cristina Cesar
Colleagues from her generation, readers and literary critics of the poet Ana Cristina Cesar (1952-83) meet to put together a new picture of this important poet, 33 years after her death. The poet Armando Freitas Filho will be opening Flip 2016 together with the filmmaker Walter Carvalho. The publisher Heloisa Buarque de Hollanda, the literature professor Vilma Arêas, and literary critics (and poets) Annita Costa Malufe and Sérgio Alcides,will also be taking part in this tribute to the poet.

The poets Leonardo Fróes, Annita Costa Malufe, Marília Garcia, Laura Liuzzi, Kate Tempest, Ramon Nunes Mello and Abud Said will be coming to Flip, thus reaffirming the literary festival’s commitment to this important and vibrant genre.

Brazilian literature
The central focus of the Flip programme for this year is new Brazilian literature: of the 39 invited authors, twelve are Brazilian poets or fiction writers. Marcílio França Castro, Juliana Frank, J.P. Cuenca and Tati Bernardi will be proving the strength of prose currently being produced in Brazil.

Foreign literature
The unprecedented attendance of a recent Nobel Prize Winner, in the form of the Belarusian journalist Svetlana Aleksiévitch, is a great honour for FLIP, and confirms Paraty as a meeting point for acclaimed foreign authors in Brazil. This year, writers such as Karl Ove Knausgård, Irvine Welsh, Helen Macdonald, Bill Clegg, Gabriela Wiener, Valeria Luiselli, Álvaro Enrigue and Arthur Japin will be visiting the Authors’ Marquee.

Flip 2016’s science table will focus on the human brain, with the doctor Henry Marsh and the neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel. Flip will also host a meeting between science and the arts at the table with novelist Arthur Japin and artist Guto Lacaz

Humour and sex
Two great names in humorous writing, Lisbon native Ricardo Araújo Pereira and writer and screenwriter Tati Bernardi, will both be in Paraty. Humour also runs through the work of the authors brought together for the erotic literature table, São Paulo writer Juliana Frank and Peruvian Gabriela Wiener.

The essay writers gathered together as part of the main programme are amongst the highlights of the new generation of thinkers: the psychoanalyst Christian Dunker, the Argentinian Paula Sibilia, the critic from Minas Gerais state Maria Esther Maciel, the Italian architect and professor Francesco Careri and the author from Pernambuco state Lúcia Leitão. 

Flip 2016 brings together great authors who have made Brazil the central subject of their intellectual concerns. The Englishman Kenneth Maxwell and American Benjamin Moser will be taking a close look at the country during their meeting at the festival.

The essential role of journalism appears at Flip through the perspective of Brazilian reporters Caco Barcellos and Patrícia Campos Mello, and British reporter Misha Glenny.

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