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Date: from 2012-05-16 to 2012-06-21

Opening times

May 16 - June 21, 2012

Readings start at 9.00 pm;
Gates open at 8.30 pm;
Tickets: from 7.00 pm.

Access is conditional on getting a free ticket, which must be collected at the ticket booth. The ticket booth opens at 7.00 p.m.
Access to the site from 8.30 pm. At the ticket booth you can get up to 2 tickets per person on a first-come-first-serve basis. All tickets are valid only for the day for which they are issued. It is not possible to book online or by phone

Capacity: 2000 seats

PLEASE NOTE: In case of rain the event will be held in an alternative indoor location, which will be announced on the Festival website.

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Address: Clivo di Venere Felice, (Via dei Fori Imperiali)
Zone: Rione Campitelli (Foro Romano- Campidoglio-P.Venezia) (Roma centro)
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Presso la Basilica di Massenzio, Foro Romano


Modalità di partecipazione: Free admission: first come, first seated (while seats last), Invitation



The XI edition of "LETTERATURE Festival Internazionale di Roma", is the largest international literary event, conceived by MARIA IDA GAETA and directed by FABRIZIO ARCURI. Just like the successful past editions, the authors invited to the event will read unpublished texts according to their genre (fiction, poetry or essay) and inspired to "SEMPLICE/COMPLESSO", the main theme of this edition of the Festival. The writers and their works will be the protagonists of the ten-night event characterized by many reflections on the relationship and the close interrelationship between the size of complexity and the size of simplicity when dealing with thoughts and writing.

Michael Nyman, one of the most important musicians and composers on the contemporary scene, a master of minimalism and the author of memorable soundtracks of Peter Greenaway's films or Lezioni di piano by Jane Campion will be the extraordinary guest of the inauguration on May 16, 2012.

Many foreign and Italian representative of contemporary literature have been invited to the event. They are literary authors such as the Israeli writer Amos Oz, the Italian authors Alessandro Piperno, Melania Mazzucco and Erri De Luca, the American writer Peter Cameron and the British author Jeanette Winterson; international best seller writers such as David Nicholls and Vanessa Diffenbaugh or the extraordinary popular author Michael Connelly, who will participate to the event the same night of the Italian crime writer Marco Malvaldi; successful debut writers such as the American/Japanese Julie Otsuka, the revelation of the year, and the Italian authors Silvia Avallone and Massimo Gramellini; the Indian poet Jeet Thayil with his first novel representing the writing of reality and the Italian Ascanio Celestini, who will share the stage of Massenzio. The two nights about the meeting between different expressions of women's world feature the presence of the journalist and romance novelist Karen Swan and the great Italian writer and actress Franca Valeri or the novelist Sophie Kinsella, the author of "books for girls" and Luisa Muraro, the Italian philosopher and intellectual, one of the main representatives of the theory of difference that is a model for studies on the thought of women.

Furthermore, Italo Calvino will be the protagonist of the new edition of "Letterature": after tributing Luigi Malerba, Ennio Flaiano and Elsa Morante this edition tributes the important Italian author with "Canzoni invisibili", music inspired by a few titles of his works such as Il cavaliere inesistente, Il sentiero dei nidi di ragno, Marcovaldo, Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore e le Città invisibili. Music willbe performed at the opening of each one of the ten nights.

LETTERATURE Festival Internazionale di Roma is conceived and curated by the Casa delle Letterature di Roma and organized by the Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali e Centro Storico di Roma. Organization and production by Zètema Progetto Cultura. Sponsors: Banche cotesoriere di Roma Capitale.


Last checked: 2012-04-19 13:37