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.