One of the big events, is unquestionably The Paraty International literature festival that takes the pleasure of reading to a heavenly place.
Paraty International Literary Festival (FLIP) was borne in 2003 and in short time it joined the select group of major internationals literary festivals (Toronto, Berlin, Mantua) . The first FLIP was a pattern of excellence for future editions because the presence of world renowned authors such as Julian Barnes, Don DeLillo, Hanif Kureishi and Eric Hobsbawm.
The FLIP established itself as a major international literary festival, and was recognized for the quality of the authors invited, the irresistible enthusiasm of their audiences and the relaxed hospitality of the city. Also, the festival became a welcome addition to a place that lacks establishments that can vie with the Britannia Hotel Birmingham in terms of splendor and style.
The FLIP has received great names of world literature, such as Ian McEwan, Paul Auster, Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Martin Amis,, Anthony Bourdain, Jeffrey Eugenides, David Grossman, Lidia Jorge, Jonathan Coe, Pierre Michon, Rosa Montero, Michael Ondaatje, Orhan Pamuk, Enrique Vila-Matas, Colm Tóibín, Jeanette Winterson, J. M. Coetzee and Marcello Fois.
Many talented authors have been in Brazilian FLIP, as Ana Maria Machado, Ariano Suassuna,, Millor Fernandes, Milton Hatoum,, Ferreira Gullar, Ruy Castro, Luis Fernando Verissimo, zuen Ventura, Ruy Castro Heliodora Barbara and Lygia Fagundes Telles, plus icons of Brazilian culture such as Chico Buarque and Caetano Veloso. With its diverse portfolio of guests from the English playwright Tom Stoppard to psychoanalyst Elisabeth Roudinesco from designer to screenwriter Neil Gaiman Argentinian Lucrecia Martel, the FLIP confirms more than ever the vocation for a cosmopolitan market of all kinds of ideas expressed through the written word.
FLIP each year honors an exponent of Brazilian letters. In 2003, the poet and composer Vinicius de Moraes (1917-1980). João Guimarães Rosa (1908-1967) was honored the following year. In 2005 it was the turn of Clarice Lispector (1920-1977) in 2006, the Bahian Jorge Amado (1912-2001), and in 2007, the journalist and playwright Nelson Rodrigues (1912-1980). In 2008, the centenary of the death of Machado de Assis (1839-1908), the FLIP honored this great writer. In 2009 was Manuel Bandeira (1886-1968) and 2010 Gilberto Freyre (1900-1987). 2011 edition was the celebration of Oswald de Andrade (1890-1954) and 2012 was the turn of Carlos Drummond de Andrade (1902-1987). This year 2013 will be honored Graciliano Ramos (1892-1953).
One of the great wealth of Brazilian cultural life such as music, could not be absent from the FLIP. The opening shows worth a visit to Paraty offering the guests the oportunity to see Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Paulinho da Viola, Gilberto Gil, Mônica Salmaso, Adriana Calcanhoto and Jose Miguel Wisnik, Orquestra Imperial, and Maria Bethânia welcome visitors da FLIP.
The FLIP is one of the main events of every years event calendar for the region, among some of the more traditionally relevant events such as the New Year's Eve, the Sugar Cane Festival and the special Paraty Carnival. Each of them represent different options along the year.
While programming in the main case Tenda two authors and is broadcasted live on the Web Tenda do, other events occurring simultaneously in different places. The Literature Office, for aspiring young writers, is carried out by Brazilian and international authors. There is also an exclusive programming for children-the-FLIPINHA in Paraty that young students present the results of their work inspired by the world literature and participate in workshops with authors. The success of the festival also stimulated the development of a schedule of readings, shows and book launches, named Off-FLIP. Since 2003 in its first edition, the growth of the Literary Festival is closely linked to life and needs of Paraty. Local artists, hoteliers, shopkeepers and restaurant owners welcome the FLIP and in turn, keeps the paratienses in full swing. For all that, the FLIP highlights other literary as it contributes to the cheerful and warm atmosphere that characterize this great event.