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'Escritaria' iterary festival debuts in Angola with tribute to Pepetela

The Angolan writer Pepetela starts this Monday to be honored in Benguela by the Escritaria event, a literary festival originally organized in the Portuguese city of Penafiel, which this year makes its international debut, according to the organisation.


According to the Chamber of Penafiel, the organizing body, the event will be on display for 15 days at the facilities of the Piaget Institute, in Benguela, but will later travel to other Angolan cities.

Lubango, Undjiva-Cunene and Luanda are the next destinations for the Office in homage to Pepetela, in Angola, on dates to be announced.

The writer was invited to the inauguration of the festival, in his homeland, scheduled for 10:00 am, says the Portuguese municipality, highlighting the role of the Piaget Institute in this tribute to Pepetela.

Over the course of two weeks, as happened in Penafiel in 2018, Pepetela will this time be honored with various activities, on the Piaget Institute campus, with free admission.

This event will include an exhibition composed of materials similar to those that usually mark the Escritaria festival, in the Portuguese city.

"Large-sized exhibition structures, the writer's phrases scattered everywhere, as well as portable literature materials, such as cardboard boxes, among others, are part of a tribute route to Pepetela, in Benguela, which also features music , declamation of texts by the honored writer, among other initiatives", informs the organization.

The mayor of Penafiel, Antonino de Sousa, who will be present at the opening, speaking to Lusa, recalled the edition dedicated to the writer, in 2018, and highlighted the "new phase of the Escritaria festival, already 15 years old, but which is constantly reinventing itself, in this case with internationalization by Portuguese-speaking countries".

The mayor thanked the writer Pepetela, the Instituto Superior Politécnico Jean Piaget, from Benguela, and the local authorities, "who made this first step a reality."

The president of the Piaget Institute of Angola Association, Mário Rui Ferreira, pointed out that "copying the Escritaria de Penafiel is just the obligation to reactivate and encourage the pleasure of reading a good book, especially by good authors in the Portuguese language".

As happened in Penafiel in 2018, a sentence by the author, who won the Camões Prize in 1997, will be placed in Benguela, his hometown, to mark the moment.


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