The first edition of the annual Litteriada Festival may be said to have fulfilled the expectations of its Slovak and foreign participants. Public dialogue took place, the writers had the chance to get to know each other and to discuss the issues that most concern them, issues which certainly do not concern Slovak writers exclusively. The Pectus Publishing House successfully arranged the publication of two Slovak and three foreign book titles in time for them to be presented at the Festival.
The principal organizer expects the Litteriada in the future to become a traditional literary festival with international participation, which will go on adding to Košice’s prestige as European Capital of Culture 2013. This is confirmed by media responses abroad, although the foreign guests themselves expressed some surprise that the city and its leading representatives did not participate in the project. So the principal organizer is contemplating putting on a second edition of the Festival, intending to present some new literary faces there. In the meantime Pectus wants to publish books by some of the future participants. It is also no secret that some feedback is expected from continuing cross-border cooperation, possibly confirmed through the publication of books by Slovak writers in foreign countries.
Photoreportage from the first edition of the annual Litteriada Festival: