Conrad Literary Festival in Kraków


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This week Krakow is hosting the international literary Conrad festival for the fifth time. It is the most important literary event in Poland, organized by the city of Krakow, the Krakow Festival Office and the Tygodnik Powszechny Foundation.

The festival's aim is to unite diverse cultures and languages. This is why the honorary patron of this annual festival is Joseph Conrad, the author of Heart of Darkness, a Polish who became a successful writer in English.
Between 21 and 27 October, apart from more than 90 meetings with writers, there will be film screenings, concerts, workshops, debates and exhibitions concerning the theme of the relationship between literature and media. Fans of literature will have an opportunity to meet important figures of Polish and world literature in person. Among the guests, representing various cultures, this year there are: Åsa Larsson, Anne Applebaum, Peter Sloterdijk, W.J.T. Mitchell, Cees Nooteboom, Kiran Desai, Claudio Magris, Mostafa Zamaninija and Tahar Ben Jelloun.

This year's edition is particularly important, because Krakow has just received he title of UNESCO City of Literature.

This prestigious festival is accompanied by two other events: the largest Book Fair in Poland and the Second Life of a Book campaign. Most of the events during this literary celebration week take place in Pod Baranami Palace at the Main Market Square as well as in other cultural institutions in the city center. The admission is free, apart from some film screenings.

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