We concluded 2018 with a super cosy festival, the Tinto no Branco - Festival Literário festival in Viseu, Portugal, with literature and wine! In the Solar do Vinho do Dão from 7 until 9 December the festival took place, combining literature and other narrative arts together with wine and gastronomy. With literary performances, workshops, life talks, concerts, local wines and tastes for all ages. Being ‘the most international edition ever’, the festival marks a special occasion for the halfway point of our CELA tour.
On Friday morning at 10.00 am, on 7 December, the festival kicked off with a CELA workshop together with writer Filipa Melo! In the Viseu Municipal Library, people of all ages took part and got to learn all the ins and outs of creative writing.
Then, in the afternoon, the CELA artists got together to prepare for their performance in the evening:
‘Na tua ou na minha lingua’ (‘In your tongue or mine’), was the CELA-highlight of the weekend. At Friday evening in the Literary Tent, three new writer-translator duo’s took the stage: Matías Candeira (Spain) and Matias Gomes (Portugal), Joost Oomen (the Netherlands) and Xénon Cruz (Portugal) and Anna Kalimar (Romania) and Maria João Coutinho (Portugal). Led by presenter Hélder Gomes, side by side the artists read their work: the writers in their own language, while the translators read their stories in Portuguese. Of course, all of this took place over a glass of local wine from the Dão region.
That was not all: on Saturday and Sunday two more CELA workshops took place! On Saturday at 10.00 am there was another creative writing workshop with Filipa Melo in the Solar do Vinho do Dão. Then, on Sunday morning at 10.00, the Tinto no Branco public got to learn all about what it means - and does not mean - to translate. In the translation workshop together with Nuno Quintas, these translators in the making were handed tools and skills for literary translation.
Luckily, there was also plenty of time to go on adventures during the weekend. The CELA artists got to explore the city of Viseu with a guided tour. And, in the spirit of the festival and the region’s popularity for its local wine culture, the team went on a guided tour of one of the beautiful vineyards (joined by 2 dogs!).
Thank you Viseu Municipality, Viseu Marca, and Booktailors, and all the writers and translators for taking the stage at the halfway point of the CELA European festivaltour.
In 2019, CELA will continue to travel to Passa Porta Festival (Belgium), Lev - Literature em Viagem (Portugal) and Book Fest (Romania). Come and meet our artists there in the new year - we're looking forward to seeing you!