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FELISMA 2012 Festival begins

By Jade Arroyo

From September 27 through October 1, the fifth annual San Miguel Literary Festival and Book Fair FELISMA 2012 will take place and celebrate writing and reading.

This year, the festival repeats last year’s theme of encouraging young people to read and foster their literary talent.

This year, FELISMA is tied to a major festival, 100,000 Poets for Change, which will be held September 29 in over 100 cities across the world and feature over 700 presentations.

FELISMA 2012 officially opened yesterday, September 27, at noon. At 7pm, the youth orchestra from the Casa de la Cultura offered an inaugural concert at the Church of San Francisco.

There will be an exhibition and art sale in the atriums of the San Antonio and San Francisco churches, along with several different musical and literary events. The twentieth anniversary of the literary workshop La Musa Hosca (The Sullen Muse), which is directed by Victor Sahuatoba, will also be celebrated. Trophies will be presented to winners of the Pluma Joven (Young Pen) contest for poetry, essays, narratives, posters promoting reading and creative photography.

Also, there will be roundtable discussions and conferences, in which among other subjects the topic of the mystical number 2012 will be discussed. This year, according to the ancient Maya, was designated the year “of deep transformations.”

FELISMA 2012 is organized by the Fundación Cultural Un Chorro de Literatura A.C. (Cultural Foundation A Stream of Literature), a nonprofit civil association that seeks to contribute to human development through the promotion of cultural and educational initiatives, especially of those oriented toward the promotion of literature, creative reading and writing.

For further information about the festival, its activities and to find out the rules of the Pluma Joven contest, you can visit the website, the blog, facebook at Felisma Joven and Felisma Niños or on Twitter @Soy FELISMA.


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