Lisbon’s first literary festival starts today with debates, music and cinema

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Lisbon’s first literary festival starts today with debates, music and cinema

The first literary festival in Lisbon starts today and will run until the 9th, with debates, exhibitions, concerts and cinema, in various spaces of the city, bringing together more than 70 authors from eight countries, in a tribute to the Portuguese language.

With the artistic direction of José Pinho, the International Festival of Literature and Portuguese Language - Lisbon 5L is an initiative of the Lisbon City Council (CML) to celebrate World Portuguese Language Day and promote language, literature, books, bookstores, reading, authors and their readers.

The programming of the 5L Festival for the next five days will take place in different spaces ranging from the São Luiz theater to the Pharmacy Museum, passing through the Cineteatro Capitólio and the Cinema Ideal, as well as in Lisbon streets, bookstores, squares and squares.

The debates and author's tables are held at São Luiz Teatro Municipal and at the Pharmacy Museum and are attended by renowned and national writers and specialists, both established and newcomers.

Among the invited authors are names such as Isabel Minhós Martins, José Pacheco Pereira, Bruno Vieira Amaral, João Tordo, Isabel Rio Novo, Lídia Jorge, Mário de Carvalho, Mário Zambujal, Teolinda Gersão, Gonçalo M. Tavares, Filipe Melo, Valter Hugo Mãe, Afonso Cruz, Matilde Campilho, José Luís Peixoto, Itamar Vieira Júnior, Paulo Scott, José Eduardo Agualusa, Ondjaki and Alberto Manguel.

With regard to concerts, which celebrate the word through music, the participation of artists such as the Poetry Ensemble and Lisbon Poetry Orchestra, as well as Sérgio Godinho, Filipe Raposo, Capicua and Camané, is also expected.

Cinema Ideal will be a space for a cycle of films adapted from literary works, created in partnership with IndieLisboa, which will exhibit "Uma bee in the rain", by Fernando Lopes, about Carlos de Oliveira's novel, "Apocalypse Now", by Francis Ford Coppola, inspired by Joseph Conrad's classic "Heart of Darkness", "Blow-Up", by Michelangelo Antonioni, from Julio Cortazar's novel, "Chicken with plums", by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, about the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, and "Abruptly last summer", by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, on the Tennessee Williams play.

In this festival there will also be a place for a 'performative' journey, with public participation, through the streets, squares and alleys of downtown Lisbon, and for two exhibitions: one that gathers letters written hundreds of years ago, as well as illustrations by Portuguese artists inspired by them, and another one of “Illustrated Albums” and activities developed by students in schools.

The “Literary Itineraries” initiative takes the public to walk the streets from the perspective of renowned Portuguese authors.

Parallel to the nuclear program, activities will take place in publishers, bookstores and cultural spaces.

The complete program of Festival 5L, as well as the parallel program of the festival, can be consulted on the website http://www.lisboa5l.pt.


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