On Thursday, July 21, the International Literature Festival in Rome hosted Mircea Certurisco as a guest at the Palatinium Stadium in Rome. The Letterature-Festival Internazionale di Roma is an annual large-scale literary event, with a tradition of 20 years, within the cycle of cultural events “Estate Romana”. Each year the festival proposes a series of evenings of readings of original texts by some of the most appreciated Italian and international writers, with dance music and live music, in the enchanting and very suggestive space of the Palatinum, explained in a statement sent by de Accademia di Romagna in Rome.
After an exceptional and emotional preview that took place in June and also enjoyed the participation of writer Matti Fischnik, the 21st edition of the festival opened on July 12 with the title “Our Time” and under the theme of the centenary of Marcel Proust.
The audience will be pleased to hear in the original language, the original text “With Your Back to the Wall”, written by Mircea Certurescu for the occasion and translated into Italian by Bruno Matsoni.
Along with Romanian writer Deborah Levy, Ben Pasteur and Antonio Scorati will take to the stage on the final evening. The musical show – choreography Amir al-Saffar – will feature voice, trumpet, and dancers, with MK dancers, who will perform under the title “Cante del Imeditza” (choreography, direction, costumes: Michele Di Stefano).
The participation of the Romanian writer Mircea Certurescu was also possible due to the partnership with the Romanian Embassy in Italy and the Accademia di Romagna in Rome.
Program for this year’s edition of the Letterature-Festival Internazionale di Roma:
- July 12 – “Relationships” with: Javier Cercas, Andrew O’Hagan, Emmanuel Pagano, with Mario Deciati, winner of the 2022 Strega Prize.
Musical Moment: Fratelli with Michela Lucenti and the Balletto Civilli group; Live music with Raffaele Rebaudengo (GnuQ Quartet)
- July 14 – “Identity”, with: Katie Kitamura, Dacia Marini, Rivka Galchin and Colson Whitehead.
Musical Moment: Little by little, with Salvo Lombardo + Daria Greco / Chiasma. Live Music: Erica Galli.
- July 18 – “Vitor” with: Patricia Engel, Khadija Abdallah Bajaber, Alessandro Piperno, Laura Morante, Petros Marcaris and David Levitt.
Musical Moment: The Sharp Hour, Dewey Dell Small Ballet Show, with Teodora Castellucci / Dewey Dell Company. Live Music: Demetrio Castellucci with Sarah Angelini, Agata Castellucci, Teodora Castellucci. Choreography: Teodora Castellucci.
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- July 19 – “Borders” with: Guadalupe Nettle, Nicolas Daubly, Valeria Barilla and Arturo Perez-Riverte.
Musical Moment: Orlando’s version with Alessandro Chiaroni. Live Music: Rodrigo D’Erasmo (Afterhours)
- July 21 – “TIME” with: Deborah Levi, Mircea Certurisco, Ben Pastor, Antonio Scorati.
Musical moment: Canti dell’immediatezza cu Michele di Stefano. Live Music: Prince of Yellows (voice, trumpet and groove) with Biagio Caravano, Francesco Saverio Cavalier, Andrea Dionissi, Sebastiano Jeronimo, Luciano Ariel Lanza, Laura Scarpini and Francesca Ugolini. Composition and electronic music: Lorenzo Bianchi Hoch.
The program was prepared and directed by Simona Cives, President of Casa delle Letterature, with the contribution of the Scientific Committee made up of eminent personalities of the Italian literary scene: Paolo Di Paolo, Melania Mazocco, Davide Urchio, Igiapa Sego and Nadia Terranova.
Direction and Artistic Coordination: Fabrizio Arcuri.
Organizers: Libraries of Rome; Rome City Council for Culture; Zétema Progetto Cultura, in collaboration with the Archaeological Park of the Colosseum, SIAE-Italian Society of Authors and Publishers, under the auspices of the Center for Books and Reading. With the participation of foreign cultural institutes and embassies in Rome: Institut Cervantes, Institut Francais in Rome, Institut Francais St. Louis Center Rome, American Academy in Rome, Romanian Embassy in Rome, Academia Romania in Rome, Embassy of Mexico, Embassy of the Hellenic Republic. Sponsored by: Italian Association of Publishers AIE, Association of Independent Publishers ADEI.
Information and schedule: 9 p.m. Entry is free and open, subject to availability.
Full program: culture.roma.it/festivaldelelletterature