FLIP, Paraty’s literature festival, returns on 4th August| 01 August, 2010
The Paraty International Literary Festival aka FLIP takes place every August in Paraty, roughly four hours from both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. The festival has been running since 2003 and has become a hot ticket for many of Brazil’s intelligentsia as well as from further field. In attendance this year will be Salman Rushdie, Isabel Allende and William Boyd. Lou Reed was originally to appear but has recently cancelled.
Brazil has always had some problems with literacy, which continues to this day, but the festival along with the growing popularity of magazines in the country (even if some of them are filled with celebrity nonsense) shows that this is beginning to change.
FLIP runs from Wednesday August 4th until Sunday August 8th. Don’t miss the opening ceremony when Edu Lobo will be performing. I would also recommend visiting or staying in the nearby fishing village of Trindade. Quite possibly my favourite place in the world!
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