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11 October
2019

See the birth of the PRIMEVAL FOREST – Krakow to plant 25,000 trees to celebrate Olga Tokarczuk’s Nobel Prize

The Mayor of the City of Krakow Jacek Majchrowski made a decision to establish the PRIMEVAL FOREST in Nowa Huta’s Kujawy neighbourhood in connection with Olga Tokarczuk winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in order to celebrate and commemorate the writer’s achievement by Krakow – UNESCO City of Literature. Join us on 29th October at 10:00 a.m. to plant trees together. The event will be part of the Conrad Festival taking place in Krakow at that time.

“We were delighted to hear the verdict of the Swedish Academy, who awarded Olga Tokarczuk with the Nobel Prize for literature” says Jacek Majchrowski, Mayor of the City of Krakow. “In order to celebrate and commemorate the writer’s success, we decided to plant a forest and name it ‘Primeval’, as a direct reference to one of her books – Primeval and Other Times. The new forest will stay with us forever”, he added.

In the first sentence of the book we read that Primeval is found in the centre of the Universe. As a UNESCO City of Literature, Krakow is the centre of the literary universe, and Olga Tokarczuk has always played a key role in this centre. It is also worth mentioning that the writer considers the ecological crisis and issues of animal rights to be absolutely paramount – she has written about them numerous times, as well as mentioned them many times at meetings with readers all over the world.

The PRIMEVAL FOREST is a joint initiative of the City of Krakow, the Management Board of Green Areas in Krakow and the Krakow Festival Office – operator of the Krakow – UNESCO City of Literature programme. The planting is carried out in connection with the “District Afforestation Programme for the City of Krakow in 2018-2040” run by the Management Board of Green Areas in Krakow. The Kujawy neighbourhood of Nowa Huta will gain 5 hectares new forest, which will house 25,000 seedlings of English oaks, small-leaved limes and beech trees.

The joint planting will take place in plot No 118/2 obr. 40 Nowa Huta. Join us on 29 October 2019 at 10.00 a.m. You can get to the plot from Dymarek Street.