Pepetela will be honored starting this Monday in the city of Benguela, in what is the first replica of the literary festival Escritaria outside the city of Penafiel. The internationalization project will extend to other countries in the future.
“It’s a first but important step” towards the desired internationalization of Escritaria, stresses Antonino de Sousa, president of the Penafielense autarchy, which since 2008 has hosted and organized a literary festival of unusual contours: honoring a living Portuguese-speaking author, dedicating to him a extensive programming in which the local community also actively participates.
With an extended tribute to Pepetela, Angola becomes the first country to replicate the event. The activities begin today in Benguela, the hometown of the author of “The utopia generation”, and should extend to Lubango, Undjiva-Cunene and Luanda in the coming weeks.
For the mayor of Penafiel, this new phase in the Office’s life shows its “permanent reinvention” and its commitment “to an exchange of cultural experiences where literature is the main link”.
On the campus of the Instituto Piaget de Benguela, a partner in this initiative, materials that were already present in 2018 in the northern city, when paying homage to Pepetela, will be on display. Visitors will be able to observe biographical panels dedicated to the author, or appropriate portable literature materials, such as cardboard boxes, in addition to being able to attend concerts or recitations of texts.
“It’s the ideal start for a project that will continue into the future”, says coordinator Ana Pérez, who is convinced about the added value of this event: “It makes perfect sense to carry out this type of promotion of the Portuguese language and literature , firstly because the founder of the Institute was a poet and philosopher and then because we are present, in teaching, in countless Portuguese-speaking countries and this language that unites us is an absolutely distinct cultural heritage. a distinct mission and contributes greatly to our growth as human beings”.