After the success of previous years, the Salento Book Festival returns. Now in its 13th edition, this cultural event is ready to embrace Salento once again, involving some of the most important towns in the region.
The Salento Book Festival will be held between the end of May and the end of July, with gatherings and book presentations in some of the most important towns in the region.
Organised by the National Book Festival Cultural Association, chaired by journalist and TV author Gianpiero Pisanello, it aims to focus on renowned authors in Italy and abroad and engage a diverse audience.
The main goal of the Salento Book Festival is to create opportunities to meet and discuss issues (regarding the environment, politics, television and entertainment, the fight against the mafia, culture, health, etc.) in places that are central to the life of a community. From historical venues to main squares, the Festival is rooted in total openness towards the host community, looking to involve existing associations with the aim of encouraging the participation of a diverse and interested public to the greatest extent possible. From young people to adults, from teenagers to the elderly: the Salento Book Festival organises cultural events that capture the interest and attention of all demographics.
Guests who have spoken at past editions of the festival include: Roberto Saviano, Walter Veltroni, Roberto Vecchioni, Luciana Littizzetto, Lorella Cuccarini, Paola Maugeri, Selvaggia Lucarelli, Alberto Angela, Beppe Vessicchio, Albano Carrisi, Ferzan Ozpetek, Federico Rampini, Rita Dalla Chiesa, Roberto Giacobbo, Tony Capuozzo and many others.
The programme includes not only traditional meetings, but genuine events, all unique in their own right. Readings, meetings and discussions with authors all contribute to the fundamental goal of promoting the area. It is essentially a regional marketing operation, aimed at kickstarting the much-needed process of de-seasonalising tourism, as well as promoting the rediscovery of a hinterland steeped in history and tradition.