FILBA: BA’s International Lit Fest


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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:  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.

Spinetta Exhibit at the National Library

(Acrylic on canvas, 2012. Carlos Lowry. Photo by Nuevo Anden)

The National Library is hosting a special exhibit on renowned Argentine musician and poet Luis Alberto Spinetta who passed away earlier this year.

The influential artist was known for his mellifluous voice and surrealist lyrics influenced by Artaud, Rimbaud, Jung, Freud, and Carlos Castaneda, amongst others.

The showcase, which will take place until the 12th of December, includes unpublished poetry, drawings and art and some of the artist’s personal objects.

Additionally, there will be a series of scheduled events and screenings of documentaries, interviews, live shows, video clips and more. Spinetta´s collaborators including sound technicians, guitarists, bassists, and drummers will also be offering workshops and conferences. The full schedule is available here.  Aguero 2502, Palermo. 4808-6040.

While in the area stop by the nearby Museo del Libro y de la Lengua (the book and language museum) to learn more of Argentina’s literary tradition. Av. Las Heras 2555, Recoleta. 4808-0090.