- Date: 3 October 2013
- Area: South East
Brazil takes centre-stage at Snape Maltings this 4-6 October, as South America's foremost literary festival FLIP makes its debut in Britain as FlipSide.
If you can't make it to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games or indeed FLIP - the world-renowned Brazilian literary festival which takes place in Paraty every July - then FlipSide, its UK offspring, is bringing Brazilian culture to the Suffolk coast for a weekend of literature, music and the arts.
In a series of 'FlipSide Encounters' throughout the weekend, literary luminaries will read from and discuss their work and inspirations, featuring master novelists Ian McEwan and Milton Hatoum, Bernardo Carvalho and Will Self, and the US-based singer turned novelist Adriana Lisboa alongside James Scudamore, whose eclectic upbringing spanned Japan, Brazil and the UK. Other writers featured include Blake Morrison, Alex Bellos, Ali Smith, Ana Maria Machado, Patricia Melo and Fernando Vilela.
A rich mix of cultural influences features strongly at FlipSide. Adriana Calcanhotto, one of Brazil's most adored singer-songwriters will set Snape Maltings alight with her magical voice and guitar during Just Adriana. Scribbles and Dribbles: Football and Futebol will reveal how 'the beautiful game' impacts literature, music and film with Alex Bellos and José Miguel Wisnik.
In the dedicated Family Marquee there is plenty of interactive, creative entertainment for families including action-packed storytelling by Gareth P. Jones and Ferréz; musical theatre from Wonderful Beast; art, drama and book-making workshops, plus a series of Capoeira sessions (Brazil's famous marital art) with London-based school Urban Ritual.
FLIP and FlipSide co-founder Liz Calder says: "In Brazil, the relationship between music and the written word is uncommonly close. It is a country where poets write lyrics for popular songs and musicians are known to write the occasional literary novel. Football, samba and capoeira have travelled comfortably beyond Brazil's borders. But Brazilian literature remains a largely undiscovered cultural goldmine - one that is now set to dazzle British readers of all ages."
FlipSide takes place 4-6 October at Snape Maltings. Full details can be found at www.flipsidefestival.co.uk.