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Міжнародний фестиваль «Острів Європа» (Вінниця)
International Europe Island Festival (Vinnytsia, Ukraine)
Локальні тексти і камерні літератури | Local texts and chamber literatures
14-16 червня 2019 / 2019, June 14-16
On June 14-16, 2019, in the city of Vinnytsia, the Europe Island Festival will take place for the second time in various city locations. This year, it will have the full status of International, focusing on a wide audience of participants and visitors. Traditionally, Europe Island Festival will focus on small languages, "chamber" literature and local texts, as well as those writers whose works in Ukraine have not yet been published in individual books.
Among the participants of the Festival are the winners of prestigious European awards: the winners of the Central European Award "Angelus" Maciej Plaza (Poland) and Oksana Zabuzhko (Ukraine), laureate of the Adelbert von Chamisso prize Dragica Rajčić (Croatia-Switzerland), winner of the European Union Prize for Literature Lidija Dimkovska (N. Macedonia-Slovenia). The Ukrainian program will feature vibrant figures from several literary generations: Natalka Bilotserkivets, Mykola Ryabchuk, Iryna Starovoyt, Kateryna Michalitsyna, Katrina Haddad, Petro Yatsenko, Henyk Bieliakov, Julia Musakovska and others.
Two significant anniversaries will be the main sub-motives of the festival: the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the Unification Act of the UNR and the ZUNR and the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. European intellectuals will reflect on the role of art in "stitching" nations and consolidating freedom, in particular during the post-socialist era. Special attention will be paid to Central European authors of "Generation '89", who has been growing up after the overthrow of totalitarianism in their countries. The issues of unification, understanding and border management will become the leitmotif of both general and special programs designed to discuss the important and relevant topics for contemporary Europe: territories, languages, and gender. For the first time at the festival, Hungarian, Romanian, Romansh, Crimean Tatar and Yiddish will be heard. This year's innovation is complete English-language support and translation.
The organizers of the festival will continue to experiment with the possibilities of the city's space of Vinnytsia - the festival's events will be applied to new locations where artistic events have never occurred, such as the "Yerusalimka" or the historic building lane on Soborna street, as well as the most literary corners of the city (Kotsiubynskyi Garden, Independence Square, Kumbary stairs). A special place at the festival is dedicated to the island of Campa, where, according to the organizers' plan, the unique "quiet" literary event, this time with the voices of Crimea, will happen just once in a year.
The program of the festival is planned for a variety of events: poetry reading in atmospheric places, discussions, author's meetings, presentations, musical performances, evening performances, shocks and spontaneous artistic actions. Ukrainian poetry stars Yuriy Izdryk, Dmytro Lazutkin, Pavlo Korobchuk, and the Lviv band "Three Steps Into the Night" will share their musical projects. The culminating event will be the concert of one of the most famous Ukrainian singers in Europe Mariana Sadovska, who at the closing of the festival will present a fantastic program "The Night is Just Beginning" based on folk texts of Donbass region and poems by Serhiy Zhadan and Lyubov Yakymchuk. The special event of this year's festival will be an exhibition about the classics of Yiddish-speaking literature, the Vinnytsia-born Isaac Joel Linetzky, who in his writings described the life of "Yerusalimka" - one of the most authentic and colorful quarters of Vinnytsia, where the national language of the Jewish community of the city will again be heard.
Festival organizers: NGO "Culture Campus" and Department of Culture of Vinnytsia City Council.
The project is supported by the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation.
Europe Island was founded by Ukrainian writers Kateryna Kalytko and Anna Vovchenko in 2015. The project is intended to articulate the achievements of Europe's "small" and "chamber" literature (Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Mediterranean and other regions, as well as the creativity of migrants) and their relationship with the Ukrainian historical and cultural context.
For additional questions, contact the press-secretary of the festival Liudmyla Klishchuk (097) 06 89 747.
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