Venue: Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date: July, 2016
Also famously known as the International Literary Festival of Paraty- FLIP, Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty is held in the city of Paraty in Rio de Janeiro since the year 2003. This one of a kind literary festival takes place every year in the month of July and during the World Cup years, it is held in the month of August.
Funding for the FLIP festival is usually provided by a graduated as well as well- managed system of sponsors and it is driven by a non- profit association known as Associacao Casa Azul. There are several kinds of activities taking place during this literary festival which is of great entertainment as well as benefit to people belonging to all age groups.
Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty was first devised by an English publisher Liz Calder who is also the co- founder of Bloomsbury Publishing and worked as the literary agent for various writers and authors in Brazil. The creative idea behind the FLIP festival is derived from the Hay Festival in United Kingdom. It is also associated with other such literary events around the world such as Italy’s Festivaletteratura as well as Toronto’s International Festival of Authors.
Apart from simple lectures, there are literary workshops, discussions as well as several different events for small kids (known as Flipinha) and young people (known as Flipzona) presented across different stages during Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty (FLIP). Every year there are different internationally acclaimed authors from several different countries taking part in this literary festival and starting from its beginning years, this has been the major reason why it has received global recognition and achieved international success.
Due to the ever- increasing popularity of FLIP, a pocket edition of this literary festival was introduced in United Kingdom and it was named Flipside and it was held at Snape Maltings.
Every year, there is one specific individual writer who is honored at this literary festival and FLIP 2015 saw the works and writings of Mario de Andrade, a renowned Brazilian poet musicologist, critic, art historian, photographer as well as novelist.