FILBA FOUNDATION is an ONG dedicated to the promotion of literature in all its forms and among all kind of readers. Created in 2009, it has grown to become a key player in Latin America when it comes to fostering a wider circulation of books and creating new readers in the region.
Filba Foundation has developed the following activities:
Filba International: the flagship literary festival that has received over 100 international writers and provided conversations with around 1.000 local artists, serving an audience of more than 10.000 persons every year.
Filba National: the itinerating literary festival that is held in smaller cities in Argentina, with audiences of around 4.000 persons each.
Filbita: the literary festival specialized in children, families and mediators.
Filba Escuelas: a program developed specially for schools of poor neighborhoods, that aims to foster reading habits among both students and teachers.
Filba International is now preparing its 12th edition and has brought together outstanding international authors with the best writers of Latin America. We’ve had guests like the Nobel Prize Winner J.M. Coetzee, the Man Booker Prize Winner Eleanor Catton, Lorrie Moore, Jonathan Lethem, Claire Keegan, Irvine Welsh, Catherine Millet, Delphine de Vigan, Enrique Vila-Matas, Valeria Luiselli, Tobias Wolf, Philippe Claudel, Raul Zurita, M.J. Harrison, Jean Echenoz, Guadalupe Nettel, Cees Nooteboom, Minae Mizumura, and many more.
For five days, a huge number of debates, readings, workshops, concerts and performances bring contemporary literature very close to the most interested and demanding readers in the main venues of Buenos Aires (and sometimes also Montevideo and Santiago de Chile). The festival is widely covered by local and international press and has been labeled by an important Argentine writer as “the get-together that simply makes people happy”.