Sugo Collective DJ set

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An Italian-inspired DJ set in the Café of the Festival.

Zerocalcare

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Una serata con il più popolare disegnatore di fumetti italiano di questi anni. Le storie di Zerocalcare si affidano a un misto di autoironia, cultura pop e sottile malinconia, e offrono percezioni acutissime sul mondo contemporaneo. Famoso per la creazione dell’alter-ego Armadillo e per il suo memoriale-reportage dal confine turco-siriano, Zerocalcare incontrerà il pubblico di Londra per la prima volta.

The secret history of Italian (and British) music

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Pop music, counterculture, movie scores, spaghetti western, progressive rock, obscure psychedelic sounds… What happened in Italy between the 1960s and 1970s opened up endless possibilities for contemporary music. There was a time in which Italian music was both deeply influential on British music and deeply influenced by it. A lively conversation on some secret music history.

Citizens of Nowhere?

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Theresa May said that “if you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere.” Issues of belonging, roots, community and bonds seem to matter more than ever in the Brexit-era world. In this panel, two international authors discuss how these issues have been affecting their writing and how literature can prove populist politics wrong.

Brexit for children

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A kids-friendly literary event with Italian writer Pierdomenico Baccalario, who will be reading for the first time from a new Brexit-inspired story full of escapism, parallel worlds, and made-up words.

Il cielo in una stanza / This world we live in

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Who is an Italian writer? Who can claim ownership of a language? In this unique collaborative performance, devised especially for FILL, five bilingual authors from different backgrounds come together for a poetic exploration of language and identity. A one-of-a-kind poetry event, exploring themes of belonging, multilingualism, exile, and the power of words to overcome borders.

Sugo Collective DJ set

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An Italian-inspired DJ set in the Café of the Festival.

Suburra. When in Rome, do as Netflix does

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Based on the eponymous crime novel, set on the Roman coast, “Suburra” is Netflix’s first Italian Original Series, a new entry in the increasingly lively scene of export-oriented Italian TV shows (Gomorrah, anyone?). In this exciting panel discussion, novelists Giancarlo De Cataldo and Hanif Kureishi will discuss Suburra, the relationship between literature and screen adaptions, and the imaginative power of contemporary TV series.

The last London? Present and future of a global city

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‘Brexodus’, housing crisis, frantic development plans, homelessness, social isolation, corporate greed are just some of the issues that overshadow the present and future of London. What will be of this city we live in? Is it really doomed to become a dystopia or, in the end, is this just London being itself – a restless, challenging, ever-mutating city? A panel with three different but interwoven perspectives on what is happening to our city.

The present is female. Women in storytelling

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While we talk about new exciting ways to write across genders, women’s writing is still cornered as marginal or «exceptional». Things are slowly changing, but how? Four writers on the role of women in the cultural industry and feminism in the 2010s. Drawing from their different backgrounds – fiction, translation and publishing – these writers will compare their experience in making female voices heard.