Óbidos International Literary Festival starts on Thursday

The Folio – International Literary Festival starts on Thursday, in Óbidos, a village where, for 11 days, authors and public will participate in more than 830 hours of initiatives on the theme ‘Leisure, Business – The Invention of the Future’.

In its fourth edition, the festival promotes, according to the mayor of Óbidos, Humberto Marques, “the reflection on the relationship between leisure and business and how this will be reflected in the future”, in a program that claims to have ” greater consistency than ever. ”

The 20th anniversary of the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature to José Saramago and a tribute to Eduardo Lourenço marks the first day of the Folio – International Literary Festival of Óbidos that, until October 7, will bring together writers such as Carlos Franz (Chile), Karla Suárez (Cuba), Abdul Rahman Azzam (Qatar), Ismael Mateus (Angola), António Torres (Brazil), José Manuel Fajardo (Spain) and Angolans Pepetela and Ondjaki.

Among the Portuguese will be present, among others, Nuno Camarneiro, João Soares, Luís Amado, Hugo Mezena, José Riço Direitinho, Henrique Manuel Bento Fialho, Dulce Maria Cardoso, Alfredo Cunha, Pacheco Pereira and Fernando Rosas.

In all, the 831 hours of programming “will involve 554 direct participants”, among authors, thinkers, artists and creatives that, according to the mayor, will participate in the 26 writers’ tables, 25 concerts and 11 exhibitions that make up the program with more than 185 activities .

Divided into five chapters (Authors, Folia, Educa, Ilustra e Paralelo), the festival replaces in this edition the Folio Paralelo por Boémia, “a program that will bring readers and authors together in improbable places, before midnight,” explained Humberto Marques .

No Illustrates the festival will once again be the stage of the PIM – Illustration Exhibition and the presentation of the 2018 National Illustration Award to Madalena Matoso, for the work ‘It’s not difficult at all’.

In the Folio Educa there is room for the IV International Seminar, which will gather in Óbidos leading national and international thinkers in the area of ??education and teaching.

This year, the European Day of Languages ??is also celebrated in the Folio with a diverse cultural program and activities for the whole family which, according to the organization, will allow participants to “experience the languages ??and cultures of different European countries.”

It is an initiative of EUNIC Portugal – a non-profit organization integrated in a network constituted by the National Institutes of Culture – in partnership with the municipality of Óbidos and with the support of the Representation of the European Commission in Portugal.

Theater, fado, folk and the provision of orchestras of the region and soloists of the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa are part of the Folia poster that marks the 11 days of the festival, which will be held on Friday (28th) Sombra ‘, with Carlos Vaz Marques, Ricardo Araújo Pereira, Pedro Mexia and João Miguel Tavares.

For the second consecutive year, the Folio also includes courses in creative writing and a Short Course taught by Gonçalo M. Tavares from the book ‘Senhor Valéry’ and from Brief Notes on Bloom Literature.

The fourth edition of the Folio has a budget of 256 thousand euros and has the support of Turismo de Portugal and Turismo do Centro.

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