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Since 1967 literature and theater on the sea

In Sestri Levante, since 1967, the Andersen Baia delle Favole literary contest and festival has been held, dedicated to children’s literature, in particular the unpublished fairy tale. A literary award in the form of a festival that for half a century has brought young authors, young people and adults to the fore. A prestigious Italian award attributed to children’s books, their publishers and illustrators.

For Sestri Levante, with its Baia delle Favole, it is natural to think of a prize for children’s literature dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen, the writer who named one of the most suggestive corners of Liguria: “the splendid bay to the west of the peninsula of the village “. Throughout its history, there have been competing beginners and established authors who have enriched the value of the Prize, such as Italo Calvino, Alberto Moravia, Tonino Conte, Emanuele Luzzati, Arturo Brachetti, Sergio Zavoli, Mario Soldati, Maria Luisa Spaziani and Guido Stagnaro.

On the occasion of the awards ceremony, various cultural events related to the world of childhood are developed, such as workshops, shows, moments dedicated to the story, meetings with writers, authors and personalities of culture and entertainment. Initially lasting nine days, the Andersen Festival, since 1998 is a meeting point between literature, art and theater where performances born specifically for the spaces of the city of Sestri Levante alternate. Street Theater and Classical Theater united in a single product gave life to what is now the most important Italian festival dedicated to fairy tales and theater for unconventional spaces. The schedule is about physical theater, non-verbal theater and storytelling, immediately considered as two places where generations and sensitivities meet more than anywhere else, and where the possibility of experimenting and playing is wider. Andersen Festival awakens in adults those typical characteristics of children, curiosity, the desire to experiment and the ability to look at the world for the first time.