Krakow at the 19th International Vilnius Book Fair

This year, like every other year, the International Vilnius Book Fair (22–25.02.2018) will host, at the Vilnius Litexpo Congress and Exhibition Centre, an interesting and diverse presentation of Polish literature prepared by the Polish Institute in Vilnius and its Polish and Lithuanian partners. Krakow UNESCO City of Literature will also participate in the fair.

“Books from Poland – understanding the world” will be the motto of Poland’s stand. In 2018, the Polish Institute in Vilnius will focus on Poland’s greatest literary achievements: Polish Nobel Prize winners, mainly Krakow-based Czesław Miłosz and Wisława Szymborska.

Krakow’s “Znak”, one of Poland’s oldest and largest publishing houses, will present its publishing record at the fair.

The Krakow Festival Office, operator of the Krakow UNESCO City of Literature programme, will present its literary activity to fair participants. Europe’s intellectual and cultural centre offers a rich cultural programme related to i.a. literature promotion. Krakow hosts such acclaimed festivals as the Miłosz Festival or the Conrad Festival, and awards the Trans-Atlantyk Prize or the Wisława Szymborska Poetry Award. That’s why Krakow’s symbol, the Wawel Dragon, will exercise “patronage” over the Polish Institute in Vilnius stand.

Moreover, the “Wisława Szymborska. Collages” exhibition, centred on a relatively unknown aspect of the Polish Nobel Prize winner’s art, will open on Feb 26 at 6.00 p.m. at the M. Mažvydas Lithuanian National Library in Vilnius.


Events recommended by Krakow UNESCO City of Literature: Friday, 23 February, 3.00 p.m.

Screening of Wisława Szymborska’s biopic “Napisane życie” (“Written Life”). Introduction by dr Irena Fedorowicz (cinema room). Polish film with Lithuanian subtitles.

Saturday, 24 February, 2.00 p.m.

“Only in Krakow!” /Speakers: Jerzy Illg, Joanna Gromek, Urszula Chwalba, Donatas Puslys / room 5.3. / Meeting held in Polish and Lithuanian with simultaneous Polish-Lithuanian interpretation.


Organiser: Polish Institute in Vilnius

Partners: Book Institute Poland, Krakow Festival Office, Znak publishing house, Warstwy publishing house, Adamada publishing house, Mintis publishing house, Lithuanian Association for Writers publishing house, Kraina Książek bookstore, Terra Publica Publishing House, 700 eilučių publishing house, Kino pavasaris Festival, Wisława Szymborska Foundation.


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