The FARO(pi)S, literary festival, takes place in Stari Grad on the island of Hvar; started by Jovan Brajović and Mejra Mujičić, owners ofthe Moira Gallery, it is now entering its twelfth year.
The festival was started as the summer edition of the FAK literary festival, at a time when Croatian writers were just beginning with informal public readings of their works. The festival takes place on an island, which is an attempt at cultural decentralization and bringing live literature to isolated places. This being said, it is important to mention that one of the key details in launching the festival was the literary tradition of the island of Hvar, which was started by Petar Hektorović and Hanibal Lucić, the two greatest Renaissance Croatian writers after Marko Marulić.
This literary festivity, which takes place in August and lasts for four days, always brings out memories of Hektorović and his discourse of the common folk. Even when the works read at the festival belong to the domain of high literature, the atmosphere is always homely and relaxed, and one can always talk to the authors after the readings.
Actually, the town being so small, during these few days it is practically impossible not to run into some of the numerous writers participating in the festival. The town becomes saturated with literature and the townspeople truly live with the writers, which is another goal of the festival and its real success.
When the festival was started, the writers were invited at random, in the spirit of FAK, but as the festival evolved, the concept was developed, with readings grouped according to their themes. Faro(pi)s now features chronicles, essays and plays as well as poetry and fiction.
All these years the festival has hosted foreign writers (from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Montenegro), which gave it an international character.
During the first two years, the festival was located in Stari Grad. In its later editions, some readings took place in other places on the island, such as Vrboska and the town of Hvar.
The festival was launched in 2002 with public readings by Renato Baretić, Miljenko Jergović, Ante Tomić, Jurica Pavičić, Nenad Rizvanović,Tahir Mujičić, Ćićo Senjanović,Alem Čurin, Ivo Brešan, Ivica Ivanišević and Ahmed Burić.
The second FARO(pi)S in 2003 hosted Tahir Mujičić, Jurica Pavičić, Slobodan Prosperov Novak, Senko Karuza, Ante Tomić, Ivica Ivanišević, Simo Mraović, Goran Nuhanović, Sinan Gudžević, Ervin Jahić, Boris Dežulović, Miljenko Jergović and Lucija Stamać.
The third festival edition in 2004 was the first international one, with Nail Griffiths from Great Britain, Jurij Hudolin from Slovenia and Andrej Nikolaidis from Montenegro, along with Renato Baretić, Mira Bićanić and many others.The fifth Faro(pi)s in 2006 was rich in events and themes, presenting several new books, all selected by Tahir Mujičić and Ervin Jahić.
The sixth FARO(pi)S was opened in front of a large audience, by the famous Bol maestro and an antifascist artist with two surnames and one nickname - Ivica Jakšić Čokrić Puko – with his Poslanica Starograjanima (Epistle to the People of Starigrad), accompanied by his Three Tenors from the Isle.
FARO(pi)S traditionally takes place at the beautiful Škor square, surrounded by balconies and the stone staircases that lead to them. The flower bushes hang from balconies and terraces, giving the pure and hard stone architecture the impression of fullness and weight.