The fifth edition of the Night of the European Literature in Bucharest is getting near. The event by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) is taking place in more than 70 cities worldwide on an annual basis.
Literature lovers in Bucharest are invited to embark on a journey in search of good stories downtown Bucharest on September 9, starting 7 p.m.
“We invite you at Piua Book Bar, Carturesti Verona, Ion Mincu House (HQs if the Architect Order in Romania), at Tandarica Theatre or at the European Public Space, to find out how the Turkish families used to live in the mid-20th century in Istanbul, what passional relations used to connect writers Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan, what the German teenagers are reading nowadays and how the Polish fancy stories’ world is looking like. You can go in the Italy’s mirage of youth and love of the 30s, find out about Warsaw’s painful history in 1939 or about Romania’s recent history after Ceausescu’s fall-seen through the Magyar-Romanian eyes. You can also commemorate 400 years since Miguel Cervantes’ death together with Spain or you can hear how the Portuguese install fear in their homes,” said the director of the Austrian Cultural Forum, Elisabeth Marinkovic, also head of the EUNIC Romania.
Therefore, 12 authors from Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Hungary and Romania will be in the limelight of this night. Their works will be presented to the Bucharest audience in various forms: readings, performances, debates, exhibitions or screenings. As the 2016 edition is an anniversary one, the Night of the European Literature in Bucharest will end with an after-party at Piua Book Bar.
“The dialogue platform for the professionals in the book world” is one of the novelties of this year’s edition. The project will kick off with a first meeting among the literature translators and editors.
The festival’s organizers in partnership with “Book for Book” project will gather books to equip the library in Targu Frumos town, Iasi county.
The banner’s illustration this year is signed by Portuguese artist João Fazenda, recently awarded the National Prize for Illustration in Portugal.
The event running since 2012 aims at promoting the latest translations in Romania of the new writers of the countries they represent in Romania. The project also entails a basic condition, namely to bring special venues in Bucharest into the light.
The Night of the European Literature in Bucharest is a project by the EUNIC Romania Cluster, endorsed by the European Commission Representation and organized by the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Czech Center, Goethe Institute, Greek Cultural Foundation, the Italian Cultural Institute, Polish Institute in Bucharest, Portugal’s embassy in Bucharest/Camoes Institute, Romanian Cultural Institute, Cervantes Institute, Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Institute in Bucharest, Balassi Magyar Institute in Bucharest.