Litteriada (1st edition of this annual international literary festival)
Litteriada (1st edition of this annual international literary festival)

From 10th to 12th November 2008 Košice was the venue for the first edition of the Litteriada literary festival, this time presenting the contemporary Slovak, French and Polish literary scene. The Pectus Civic Association and Publishing House in cooperation with the Slovak Writers' Society and the Slovakian PEN Centre prepared multi-media presentations for the public of Slovak and foreign authors.

Poster of Litteriada (1st year)Poster of 1st year of Litteriada for download (in format A5).

With the patronage of the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic

Organizers:
1. Pectus Civic Association and Publishing House
2. East Slovakian branch of the Slovak Writers' Society and the Slovakian PEN Centre

Aims of the event:
1. Presentation of Slovak and foreign writers in the Slovak cultural context
2. Acquaintanceship with the character and creative potential of contemporary Slovak and foreign literature through intercultural dialogue
3. Development of mutual relations and contacts with regard to further cooperation in literary culture on an international level

Participants:
1. Invited writers from France, Poland and Slovakia (Laurence Tardieu, Philippe Claudel, Wieslaw Zieliňski, Marta Šwiderska-Pelinko, Adam Decowski, Janina Ataman-Gasiewicz, Zbigniew Domino, Janusz Termer, Peter Gregor, Anna Valcerová, Ireney Baláž, Juraj Kuniak, Mária Bátorová, Boris Brendza)
2. Members of the East Slovakian branch of the Slovak Writers' Society and the Slovakian PEN Centre – Radovan Brenkus, Dalimír Stano, Martin Vlado, Richard Kitta.
3. Interpreters – Vladimíra Komorovská (French), Radovan Brenkus (Polish)

Event dates: 10th Nov. (Monday) – 12th Nov. 2008 (Wednesday)

Programme:

Sunday (09. 11. 2008):
– arrival of participants by 6 pm, accommodation, dinner, entertainment programme

Monday (10. 11. 2008):
programme for guests (Wanders in the City of Košice, guide M. Kolcun)
2:30 pm. – address by the Festival organizer
– official opening of the Festival
3:00 pm. – Literary Café with French literature
Contemporary French literature through the eyes of its authors.
Guests: Philippe Claudel, Laurence Tardieu
Presenter: Vladimíra Komorovská
Music: French composers, Slovak performers
Video projection: videoart by students of French art schools
Refreshments: French wine
Venue: J. Bocatius Public Library, Hviezdoslavova 5, Košice

Tuesday (11. 11. 2008):
programme for guests (Wanders in the City of Košice, guide M. Kolcun)
3:00 pm. – Literary Café with Polish literature
Contemporary Polish literature through the eyes of its authors.
Guests: Wieslaw Zieliňski, Janusz Termer, Adam Decowski
Presenter: Radovan Brenkus
Music: Polish composers, Slovak performers
Video projection: videoart by students of Polish art schools
Refreshments: Polish cuisine
Venue: State Research Library, Hlavná 10, Košice

6:00 pm. – Literary Café with Polish literature
Contemporary Polish literature through the eyes of its authors.
Guests: Marta Šwiderska-Pelinko, Janina Ataman-Gasiewicz, Zbigniew Domino
Presenter: Radovan Brenkus
Music: Polish composers, Slovak performers
Video projection: videoart by students of Polish art schools
Refreshments: Polish cuisine
Venue: J. Bocatius Public Library, Hviezdoslavova 5, Košice

Wednesday (12. 11. 2008):
programme for guests (Wanders in the City of Košice, guide M. Kolcun)
3:00 pm. – Literary Café with Slovak literature
Contemporary Slovak literature through the eyes of its authors.
Guests: Peter Gregor, Anna Valcerová, Ireney Baláž
Presenter: Richard Kitta
Music: Slovak composers and performers
Video projection: videoart by students of Slovak art schools
Refreshments: Slovak cuisine
Venue: State Research Library, Hlavná 10, Košice

6:00 pm. – Literary Café with Slovak literature
Contemporary Slovak literature through the eyes of its authors.
Guests: Juraj Kuniak, Mária Bátorová, Boris Brendza
Presenter: Richard Kitta
Music: Slovak composers and performers
Video projection: videoart by students of Slovak art schools
Refreshments: Slovak cuisine
Venue: J. Bocatius Public Library, Hviezdoslavova 5, Košice
8:00 pm. – official close of the Festival

Thursday (13. 11. 2008):
– departure of participants throughout the morning

The events include authors' readings and presentation of books by:
Peter Gregor: Idiots Guide
Anna Valcerová: Summer Snow

Foreign authors attending presentations of their books in Slovak translation:
Philippe Claudel: I Give Up (France)
Laurence Tardieu: Nothing Lasts (France)
Zbigniew Domino: Polish Siberiada (Poland)