The Festival

Faísca International Riso Festival is an event focused on self-publishing and printed art. It is aimed at publications that are not usually found in big stores or libraries, and that connect artists and the public through paper. 

The focus is on zines, artists’ books, posters and other printed matter made by artists, groups, studios or small publishing houses, which are actively involved in processes ranging from the idea, editing, printing, finishing, to the circulation. Freedom for creating and experimentation are common features of these works.

The current edition, which started in 2020, is the premiere of Faísca as a festival and as a virtual event, inviting artists, designers, publishers, and other people of various countries, involved in self-publishing: a practice that is not guided by market standards or large-scale logic, and that does not need several intermediaries for its materialization.

Knust /Fúria - Prumo
Fúria (Prumo, Knust, Faísca)
Pupi Club
Ricardo Aleixo
a margem ; press
Ediciones el Fuerte
Mesa Mágica
Magical Riso em Português
Motivos para assistir ao Magical Riso
Knust & Prumo
Sérgio Fantini & Ricardo Aleixo
Fabio Zimbres
Jo Frenken, Amir Brito, Ricardo Portilho, Astrid Florentinus
Renan Costa Lima, Risotropical
Magical Octopus

The program includes talks and interviews, debates and lectures, workshops, virtual printing labs, visual experiments and the launching of printed publications. The festival began in September 2020 and inaugurated its web shop in the same year, extending its activities to 2021. The main platform for following the program is Faísca’s YouTube channel.

At the core of this 2020 edition’s proposal are the creative processes, considering printing as part of them.

Risotrip Print Shop Co.
Bruno Rios, erre erre, Matheus Ferreira
Ing Lee
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Faísca Lab
Jo Frenken
Zaika dos Santos
Bárbara Macedo
Rodrigo CostaLima, Risotropical.For
Ivana Smudja & Ellen Kocken
Daniela Maura
a margem ; press & Phonte88
a margem ; press

Riso printing – with its peculiarities and possibilities, the autonomy provided by this way of printing and the potential of its limitations – is a trigger for exchanges on creative paths from idea to materialization, with ink on paper, of artists’ books, zines and other productions.

Virtual Experience

The Festival was scheduled to debut in July 2020, and it was planned to be a three-day on-site event in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte. With the impacts generated by the pandemic of the new coronavirus, the organization faced the challenge of holding the event in a safe way for participants, public, and staff, developing this edition as a Virtual Experience. 

Sérgio Fantini
Luca Bendandi (Vetro Editions) & John Komurki
Ricardo Portilho, Entrecampo
Zine life
Zine life
Estelle Flores, Selva Press
Igor Arume, Risotrip
Impressões sobre a cidade
Taís Koshino, Fuio
Risoarte no Brasil
Beto Galvão

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