Festival of Migrant Literature features 40 books

In Palermo, guests include Beaune, Di Stefano, Chen He, Lobe

10 October, 11:47

    (ANSAmed) - PALERMO, OCTOBER 10 - The 4th edition of the Festival of Migrant Literature will take place in Palermo on October 17-22, with associated events planned for the 15th, 16th, and 22nd.

    The festival is sponsored by Palermo Italian Capital of Culture 2018, the Festival of Migrant Literature association, the City of Palermo, the Region of Sicily, and the University of Palermo. Guests at the festival include Paolo Di Stefano, Chen He, Max Lobe, Valeria Luiselli, Nasim Marashi, Andrea Segre, Adriano Sofri, Vladimir Sorokin and Yanis Varoufakis. At a press conference at Villa Niscemi in Palermo presenting the programme of the festival, organisers said there will be more than 90 events dedicated to film, theatre, music, and contemporary art.

    There will be 40 books presented in eight different categories, which will branch off into workshops, laboratories, seminars, exhibitions, screenings and performances.

    The festival's director, Davide Camarrone, said, "We are living in a dramatic time in our history", and the festival strives to "make it acceptable".

    "There are nearly 100 different events, 40 authors and books," Camarrone said. "We want to put the focus on the idea of the Mediterranean, with people from that environment, as well as authors from different parts of the world. The programme combines the language of music, film, and art," he said.

    Palermo Mayor Leoluca Orlando said the festival is a banner for the city that "wants to be better".

    "It's a city that's all port, leading as an open port together with the programme and objectives of Palermo Italian Capital of Culture 2018," Orlando said.

    "The festival shows that the seed of the House of Literature is growing, right in Palermo, which this year was also part of Manifesta 12," he said, referring to the nomadic biennial of contemporary art and culture that changes location every two years and is running this year in Palermo through November 4.

    "The event is a call to the responsibility to try to be up to the level of change we are communicating," he said.

    The festival opens next Monday, October 15 at 21:00, with the opening ceremony at Palermo's Teatro Massimo, where the Claude Lanzmann film "Shoah" will be screened.

    The closing ceremony will take place on Monday, October 22 at 20:00, with a live musical performance by composer and pianist Giulia Tagliavia accompanying the 1906 silent film "Intolerance".

    Both the opening and closing ceremonies will remember the Nazi raid on the Jewish Ghetto in Rome on October 16, 1943.(ANSAmed).

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