Heads up readers, Buenos Aires is wrapping up September with a bookworm compost fest that starts on Wednesday 27th of September and lasts all the way up till Sunday. It’s the city’s annual FILBA international literature festival, and this year the alphabet is getting more swing than ever.
Interspersed between the usual black rimmed debates there are a couple of sparkly speckled surprises including performances, live music, a silent reading party and more.
One of the many changes of the Festival this year is the location, a clear symptom that the literature scene in the city has grown and will continue to do so. Events will be taking place at the MALBA, the National Library, the Margarita Xirgu Theatre and the Casa Victoria OCampo. The topic of this edition is violence.
Some suggestions include:
MALBA: Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo
27/09: Dance performance at 8pm.
28/09: Interview with Juan Echenoz.
29/09: Theatre performance based on a dialogue between John Gerassi and Simone De Beauvoir.
Also, on Thursday and Friday at 7pm, you can tour the museum’s Diane Arbus photography exhibit while listening to a reading of related literary texts.
National Library: Agüero 2502, Recoleta
On Saturday and Sunday most events will take place in the National Library. From 4pm onwards there will also be a book fair, and on Saturday, a literary performance between 4 and 6pm (sign up here: firstname.lastname@example.org and bring along a book to donate), drinks and a poetry reading at 7.30pm, and a feminist poetry party at 9pm. On Sunday, wind down at the Silent Reading Party at 4pm, and then head to the 5.30pm screening of four authors’ favourite violent film scenes.
Margarita Xirgu Theatre: Chacabuco 875, San Telmo
Julieta Venegas and Martín Buscaglia will play together at a live concert that will take place on Friday at 9.30pm. To get tickets, stop by the theatre on any of the festival days between 4pm and 8pm and donate a book.
Casa Victoria O’Campo: Rufino de Elizalde 2831, Palermo
The rationalist house of emblematic local literary figure Victoria O’Campo will be hosting a special photography exhibit as part of the festival.