The main Literature and Culture event in the Northeast is back in Salvador

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The Bahia Book Biennial 2022 arrives with great meetings, reunions, debates and fun

From this Thursday (10th) until November 15th, the main event of Literature and Culture of the Northeast is back in Salvador and with many new features. A world of stories and imagination will open at the Bahia Book Biennial 2022, at the Salvador Convention Center, in Boca do Rio, with great meetings, reunions, debates and fun.

The Bahia Book Biennial comes with a program for the whole family. The festival will feature more than 200 exhibitors presenting their major releases, spaces for discussions about relevant content, musical attractions and an area thought with care for children, which aims to stimulate even more children’s creativity.

The event will have 150 exhibiting brands and the expectation is that 80,000 people will circulate through the three social spaces available: Café Literário, Arena Jovem and Espaço Infantil. In all, there will be more than 70 hours of content produced by more than 100 invited authors and personalities. One of the attractions already confirmed is the writer Djamila Ribeiro. Click here to see the complete schedule.

Café Literário (Literary Café)

In this place, great names in literature, journalists, philosophers and other opinion makers will participate in discussions on behavior, politics, economics, human relations, culture, arts, environment, sustainability, mental health, diversity and other fundamental issues for creation of new possibilities for the future. See the Literary Café schedule at this link.

Arena Jovem (Youth Arena)

The programming of Arena Jovem, curated by journalist Schneider Carpeggiani, will have the participation of media personalities who are present in the daily lives of young people and encourage them to be increasingly protagonists of social transformation. One of the roundtables already confirmed for the space will bring Francisco Bosco, essayist and presenter of the “Programa Papo de Segunda”, on GNT Channel, and Manoel Soares, journalist from Bahia and also presenter of TV Globo.

Entitled “Políticas, tretas e diálogos possíveis no Brasil de hoje” (Policies, discussions and possible dialogues in Brazil today), the panel will discuss possible ways of dealing with the current political moment, especially in the Brazilian context, in which everyone wants to talk, but no one wants to listen to the other. With this motto, the conversation will be mediated by Edma de Góis, who is a journalist, holds a PhD in Literature from the University of Brasília (UnB) and is a researcher at the Graduate Program in Language Studies at the University of the State of Bahia (UNEB), already having been press advisor for the campaign for the Ficha Limpa Law Project (Law 135/2010). She is one of the organizers of “A literatura na berlinda: ensaios para uma crítica contemporânea” (Literature in the hot seat: essays for a contemporary critique) – Edufba, 2021.

Francisco Bosco, in addition to being an essayist and presenter, has a doctorate in literary theory from UFRJ, is the author of “O diálogo possível: por uma reconstrução do debate público brasileiro” (The possible dialogue: for a reconstruction of the Brazilian public debate) and “A vítima tem sempre razão? Lutas identitárias e o novo espaço público brasileiro” (Is the victim always right? Identity struggles and the new Brazilian public space), among others. He was a columnist for the “Cult” magazine and the “O Globo” newspaper, director of the Batuta radio station, of the Instituto Moreira Salles, and was president of the National Arts Foundation (FUNARTE).

Manoel Soares, in addition to being a journalist and presenter, is a writer, speaker and media educator. Born in the neighborhood of Boca do Rio, in Salvador (Bahia), he has been working for over 25 years in the areas of communication processes and social management. He has award-winning journalistic works and is a National Councilor of Central Única das Favelas – CUFA. See the entire schedule of the Youth Arena at this link.

Espaço Infantil (Children’s Space)

The Children’s Space of the Bahia Book Biennial will be totally playful, with around 60 titles for children of all ages, stimulating children’s creativity and learning so that, from an early age, they begin to awaken an appreciation for reading. There will be storytelling during the six days of the Bienal, music, interactivity, scenic musical shows, balls, workshops, games and many surprises. Check out the Children’s Space schedule at this link.

Gregorio de Mattos Foundation (FGM) is part of the program

In the midst of so many attractions, the Gregório de Mattos Foundation (FGM) guarantees a program aimed at children and adults, at the City Hall stand set up at the event.

The attractions start on Thursday (10), at 10:50 am, with the theatrical show “Menino Ziraldo”. Based on the book “Menino Marrom”, the play presents a fun musical about diversity. At 2 pm, the show “Histórias Cantadas” will be presented, bringing a plot about the importance of passing on books and spreading knowledge.

Workshops and storytelling – On Friday (11), at 3 pm, Palhaço das Letras (the Clown of Letters) will work with children in a playful way to identify and learn the ABC and the composition of words. Then, at 4 pm, the Inclusive Literature project will be launched, which takes books in Braille and games in Libras to Salvador’s municipal and community libraries.

On Saturday (12th), at 11:30 am, the “Amigo Bola” workshop promotes an activity in which children learn to make a “friend” using wool, sand and paint. The proposal is to stimulate the appreciation of friendship. At 12 pm, writers Paulo Atto, Breno Fernandes, Stael Mamed and Márcia Fonseca, authors of the third collection of Selo João Ubaldo Ribeiro, participate in a round of conversation, in which they present their works and talk about their experience with the public notice.

On Sunday (13th), also at 12 pm, the authors of the Selo João Ubaldo Ribeiro, Daiane Soares, Aicha Marques, Aruane Garzedin and Tiago D. Oliveira, will tell their stories. Then, at 3 pm, the Abaomy Doll workshop takes place, a moment reserved for the production of traditional rag dolls.

On Monday (14th), at 6 pm, Sarau Calu Brincante brings a musical performance about a girl who affirms her ethnicity and the importance of understanding herself as a black child.

Patrimônio É – On Tuesday (15th), at 10 am, the last edition of “Patrimônio É” takes place, this year, with the launch of the project’s magazines. The publications bring the speeches of the guests who went through the rounds of conversation, from 2018 to 2021.

At 3 pm, to end the participation in the Bienal, FGM promotes the Creative Minds project. Developed by librarian José Antônio Nascimento, the action is aimed at children and adolescents, who will have the opportunity to create their own story and a cover to illustrate it.

The event has municipal support through the departments of Culture and Tourism (Secult) and Education (Smed), in addition to the Gregório de Mattos Foundation (FGM), and is curated by journalists Josélia Aguiar, Schneider Carpeggiani and Mira Silva.


Bahia Book Biennial 2022
When: November 10th to 15th
Where: Salvador Convention Center
Tickets: R$20 (full price) and R$10 (half price)
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Full schedule at this link.