FLIPSIDE Bringing Brazilian Music and Literature to the UK

By 17 September, 2013

The people behind FLIP, Brazil’s first and most well-respected literature festival, are this year launching a UK counterpart called FLIPSIDE. The event, will take place over three days (Friday 4th – Sunday 6th October) in Snape Maltings, tucked away on England’s east coast.

It’s quite possible that the choice of location is significant. As with the original FLIP and the Hay Festival literature events, there is something quite nice about being taken away from the big cities and all their distractions, allowing yourself to simply focus on culture, which is what FLIPSIDE is all about. The event will feature authors from both Brazil and the UK, as well as Brazilian music and food, capoeira and plenty of workshops and family events.

We’re extremely exciting about hearing the thoughts of Ferréz, a Brazilian author, poet, rapper, independent publisher and TV screenwriter, a man who has helped put literatura marginal, which is literature from Brazil’s poor neighbourhoods and favelas, to national (and now international) attention. He will be talking along with more established names like Milton Hatoum, Patricia Melo and Bernardo Carvalho. Some of the British writers we’re interested in hearing from include Will Self and Ian McEwan.

Two concerts will provide the evening entertainment, with a tribute to Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes on Friday night, and the sultry tones of Adriana Calcanhotto on Saturday. We’re also quite looking forward to Ron King’s Cangaceiros exhibit and trying out some of our capoeira skills!

Here is the programme for the festival. See flipsidefestival.co.uk for the latest news and details of everything that’s happening.


Friday 4th October, 8pm
The Boys From Ipanema
Opening Concert with José Miguel Wisnik, Paula Morelenbaum & Arthur Nestrovski

Saturday 5th October, 8:30pm
Just Adriana
Adriana Calcanhotto In Concert


Britten Studio Programme

Saturday 5th October

10:30am – 11:45am
Encounter 1 – Ian McEwan & Milton Hatoum

12:30pm – 1:45pm
Brazil Chiaroscuro – Misha Glenny, Patricia Melo & Ana Maria Machado

2:30pm – 3:45pm
Encounter 2 – Will Self & Bernardo Carvalho

4:30pm – 5:45pm
One Art: Elizabeth Bishop In Brazil – Ali Smith, Blake Morrison & Helena Blaker

Sunday 6th October

10:30am – 11:45am
Encounter 3 – James Scudamore & Adriana Lisboa

12:30pm – 1:45pm
Scribbles and Dribbles: Football and Futebol – Alex Bellos & José Miguel Wisnik

2:30pm – 3:45pm
Other Carnivals: New Stories from Brazil – Adriana Lisboa, Bernardo Carvalho, Milton Hatoum & Ferréz

Peter Pears Recital Room Events

Saturday 5th October

10:30am – 11:30am
Gareth P. Jones: Magic and Ghosts

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Brazil In English

1:30pm – 2:30pm
Urban Ritual: Capoeira

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Dictionaries At Dawn: A Translation Duel

4:30pm – 5:30pm
Fernando Vilela – Pictures & Words

6:00pm – 7:30pm
Film: Tropicália

Sunday 6th October

10:30am – 11:30am
So You Want To Write Children’s Books?

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Brazilian Jive: A Culture In Song

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Wonderful Beast: Tuup


Flipside Capoeira with Urban Ritual
Ron King: Cangaceiros
String ‘Em Up: Cordel Literature and How to Make It
Brazilian Street Food & Drink
Flipside Family Marquee

More information can be found at flipsidefestival.co.uk

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