Leaders in the field of literary events, in 2010 we set out to consolidate a network of festivals in Portugal, the first of which took place in the city of Funchal — a literature festival followed by the coordination of the cultural programme of the city’s book fair. That first festival featured authors such as Lídia Jorge, José Luís Peixoto, Valter Hugo Mãe and Mário Zambujal.
2012 marked our debut as organizers of Fronteira — Festival Literário de Castelo Branco (which reached its 3rd edition in 2015), and as producers of the radio programme Ensaio Geral na Ferin. Working in partnership with Rádio Renascença and Livraria Ferin, in Lisbon, we’ve hosted about 70 guests at the show: eminent figures from the field of culture — and more.
2013 was the year in which we organized the Portuguese representation at the Feria Internacional del Libro in Bogota, having been entrusted with the executive production of Portugal’s participation as guest of honour at the fair. Featuring about 200 events, over 50 guests, debates, talks, concerts, exhibitions and film screenings, the Portuguese representation beat every attendance record in the book, and it was praised by the local organizers as the finest showing yet.
Also in 2013, and ever since then, we’ve been responsible for the executive production of the festival LeV — Literatura em Viagem. That same year, we partnered with the Goethe-Institut to organize the Afinidades Eletivas festival, which focused on literature from German-speaking countries (Germany, Austria, Luxembourg and Switzerland).
In 2014, we launched the first editions of Festival Novo Jornalismo, in Santo Tirso, and Diáspora — Festival Literário de Belmonte, handling the executive production of the Festa da Poesia in Matosinhos, as well. Before the end of the year, we were also in charge of the debates included in the programme of the Porto Book Fair.
In early 2015, we were appointed by the Portuguese Secretary of State for Culture to produce The Role of Culture symposium at the Centro Cultural de Belém, in Lisbon. A year when we continued to produce new editions of several events, 2015 was also marked by further debuts, thanks to the first editions of the Festival Literário de Bragança, with executive production by Booktailors, and FIC — Festival Internacional de Cultura, in Cascais, where we were responsible for debates and interviews with authors. In 2015, we took part in the organization of the Jornadas Pedagógicas de Lousada, aimed at teachers and librarians, and we prepared the launch of two new festivals: one in Viseu, exploring the connections between literature and wine, and another in Oeiras, which brings essays and historical narrative to the stage.
The many editions of our various events have welcomed over 500 guests at over 100 debates, dozens of exhibitions, film screenings, and other artistic events which always carry books and ideas in their core.