Homage Cycle 19th FLIP + SESC

FLIP, in partnership with the SESC São Paulo Research and Training Center, will hold, between October 25 and 29, the 2021 Homage Cycle. Due to the current stage of the Covid-19 pandemic, the round tables will be held in virtual format. This does not prevent people, even remotely, in their homes, from being together to participate in the tributes.


Collective and unprecedented homages

The text Nhe’éry, plants and literature, which guides the 19th Edition of Flip, is a defense of another relationship between people and nature – in which the Earth, the forests and the beings that inhabit there are respected. If traditionally the Festival pays homage to an important name in literature, the 19th edition proposes an innovation that resonates the collective intelligence of plants

That is why, in place of an honored author, we will honor the victims of Covid-19, in particular the thinkers/knowledgeable indigenous masters who had their lives interrupted, names to be remembered throughout the Tribute Cycle and beyond. Elect not just one person, but a group of honorees, and align with the spirit of collaboration and collectiveness of the forests. In this way, with each name remembered, an attempt is made to illuminate the trajectories and legacies of many other representatives of other peoples, other wisdoms.


Round tables programme

The opening of the Homage Cycle, to be held on October 25, will bring reflection on the tragic effects of the pandemic among indigenous populations. By remembering the names of Covid-19’s fatal indigenous victims, we seek that their enormous wisdom can continue to help us create better futures.


  • The first table’s central task is to debate projects responsible for creating other concepts and other health practices, whether those capable of establishing connections between Western medicine and traditional wisdom, or those that strengthen original knowledge.
  • The starting point for the next table is the achievement of female protagonism in indigenous political movements. How did this happen and what changes does this process trigger in indigenous societies as well? The tribute to Meriná Macuxi, at this table, will serve as a starting point for discussing the millenary relationship between women and plants in indigenous cultures.
  • The recent change of axis in the art circuits, which now incorporates indigenous production in a prominent place, will also be addressed. The third table of the Homage Cycle will propose a debate on the specificities of this process in literature, visual arts and music. The conversation begins with a tribute to Feliciano Lana, considered a precursor and pioneer for the new generation of indigenous artists
  • The fourth event has as its central theme the successes and challenges of indigenous schools, one of the most important innovations in recent Brazilian education. Having as its horizon the importance of Higino Tenório’s pedagogical work, we seek a reflection on the specificities of “living schools”. What are, after all, the challenges for the future of indigenous education?
  • The Homage Cycle ends with a debate on Nhe’éry, or “where souls bathe”, which is how the Guarani refer to the Atlantic Forest, and the bond it has with indigenous peoples, quilombolas and caiçaras. Based on the particular relationships of each people with the Forest, a way is opened to speak also of the multiple relationships between people and plants in the various Brazilian biomes. In honor of Domingos Venite, chief of the Sapukai village, the intention is to discuss the possible futures of Nhe’éry, and its plants.

19th Flip Tribute Cycle + SESC

Flip partnership with the SESC São Paulo Research and Training Center

From October 25th to 29th.

The round tables are always from 19:00 to 20:30, on the SESC Research and Trining Centerchannel on YouTube.

Some confirmed participants: Carlos Papá, Sueli Maxacali, Denilson Baniwa and Jaider Esbell. Also confirmed are Anna Dantes and João Paulo Lima Barreto, members of the Flip Curatorial Collective.

The complete schedule of tables will be published on theFlip and on the SESC Research and Training Center websites .