Festivaletteratura – SVE en Italia!


We are looking for 2 volunteers for 4th of February 2015 deadline. The project will last 5 months. 1 volunteer will work in the archive of Filofestival and the other will work in the secretary office of the Festival for the 19th edition of the Festivaletteratura that will be in September 2015.

Filofestival is a volunteer non-profit association founded in 1996 to help organizing Festivaletteratura, an international 5 days’ gathering of writers from all over the world, entertaining the audience with readings, talks, lectures, theatre shows and concerts.. Many occasions are created for readers and authors to meet and keep their dialogue alive, and build and ideal place to exchange opinions beyond any barriers, far away from institutions or arid conference rooms. Almost 100,000 are the people of every age coming to Mantova every September, which makes Festivaletteratura one of the most well-known literary events in Italy and Europe and a unique opportunity of sharing ideas and thoughts.

The archive opened its doors in 2010. Since then it has hosted students, scholars and all people who were interested in consulting materials. It comprises the digitization of a large part of the assets, which is divided into several sections: photographic, sound, audiovisual and graphics. All the publications of Festivaletteratura, the whole press release, a small library and an emeroteca (newspaper library) are available there, and testify the birth and the development of the Festival.

Coordinating organisation


Hosting organisation

Associazione Filofestival: http://www.festivaletteratura.it


Mantua, Italy




1/06/2015 – 1/11/2015


In the secretary office, the volunteer can help in the following activities: secretary work;programme arrangement,individuation of the locations,logistics and stands preparation, promotional material edition (programmes,catalogues, websites), audience assistance, on-site assistance,etc. The role of the volunteer for the archive of Festivaletteratura consists in supporting archiving and promotion of the documentary materials connected with previous seasons (paper / audio /video / photo materials);inventorying and cataloguing; carrying out bio-bibliographic and documentary researches in order to prepare promotional leaflets and brochures; assisting students that research about Festivaletteratura throughout the year; updating and developing audio-video- photo material and producing information and advertising materials (programmes, and materials.The volunteer will get to controle the functionality of the website, elaborate institutional texts and FAQ and take part in the publishing process of the first inventories of the archive’s heritage.


Candidates should: be flexible, be interested and sensitive towards culture and literature, in the publishing world, and in the relationship between Internet, new technologies and culture, have good familiarity with computers and the internet, as well as precision and problem solving, know Italian at a good level (at least B1), due to the specificity of the proposed activities, have a good knowledge of English. We will also take into account the professionalism and accessibility shown by the sending organisation on the basis of the contextual presentation of volunteers or of past collaborations, as well as the support and training they ensure before departure to them.


Candidates should download and fill in the EVS form from the library section here below, and send to asociacionbb@gmail.com with subject “EVS Festivaletteratura IT «(please specify for which project you are applying). Only volunteers who will be pre-selected among the candidacies will be notified. Please note that if you don’t receive any answer it means that you haven’t been pre-selected). Then they will be asked for a skype interview to be done during the third week of January.


Please make sure you write on the motivation letter that Building Bridges will be your sending organisation.

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