San Patrizio Livorno Festival 2019

 In Diary, News

Today’s date tells me that there are exactly two months to go to the launch of the San Patrizio Livorno Festival in March 2019.

This is a new and exciting venture, which had its ‘Edition 0’ in March 2018 – a kind of practice run, if you like, for the fully-fledged cultural festival which will take place in the wonderful Ex-Cinema Aurora in Livorno during the weekend of 15th-17th March.

The festival is an initiative of ‘Creative HQ’, comprised of Catherine Dunne, Massimiliano Roveri and Federica Sgaggio, along with, on this occasion, Michele Marziani and Federico Platania.

For this year’s ‘Edition 1’, we have an exciting and eclectic mix of events to offer all of those interested in celebrating Irish culture.
We have a literary match between two of the greats of ‘noir’ fiction – John Banville and Marco Vichi.

We will discuss how crime fiction can help us explore the present through the prism of the past; we’ll delve into the complex and contradictory natures of their chief protagonists, Inspector Bordelli and Doctor Quirke; and we’ll explore the reasons for the enormous popularity that crime fiction enjoys today.

As part of our wide range of events, we’ll have music (do you want to insert the names here?), the results of our online Flash Fiction competition and a fascinating exploration of the links between Beckett and the painter Jack Yeats.

There will also be an opportunity to have ‘Dinner with the Author’, and to mix informally with writers and readers alike.

Finally, the San Patrizio Livorno Festival will see the announcement of a brand-new initiative, dreamed up by Massimiliano Roveri (aka Max O’Rover): the Dublin Tarot Project.

This is an ambitious, Europe-wide, multimedia project, currently a work-in-progress.

The first phase will see three new and original short stories inspired by the Tarot: stories written by John Banville, Catherine Dunne and Marco Vichi.

These stories will have their presentation at the San Patrizio Livorno Festival, exclusively for those attending.

Keep an eye out for details of our programme on ItalishMagazine.

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