Krakow celebrates Stanisław Lem’s birthday

Join the celebration of the anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Lem that will take place from 9 to 12 September in Krakow. The whole programme includes LemCon – a great and unique meeting of fans of Stanisław Lem’s work,the premiere of Lem’s biography by Wojciech Orliński, the Krakow premiere of Autor Solaris (The Author of Solaris), a film directed by Borys Lankosz, a special edition of the Krakow Book Fair dedicated to Lem, and a reading lesson themed with The Invincible. Stanisław Lem, whose work continues to inspire successive generations of artists and scientists, would celebrate his 96th birthday on 12 September 2017. The event is organised by the City of Krakow and Krakow Festival Office, the operator of the Krakow UNESCO City of Literature programme.

The four-day long celebration of Lem’s birthday will begin on 9 September with a special meeting of Stanisław Lem’s fans from all over Poland in Arteteka in the Voivodeship Public Library in Krakow (12 Rajska Street). LemCon will bring together popularisation, scientific, academic and fan culture themes, and provide an opportunity to discuss the work of the world-famous author. Start at 12:00 p.m.

During the weekend (9-10 September), a special edition of the Krakow Book Fair (and the last one in 2017) will be held at Maria Magdalena Square where a dozen antiquarians and second-hand booksellers from Krakow and the region will present their offer. The fair will be obviously themed with the work of Stanisław Lem. As part of the fair (10 September), two meetings will be held on the occasion of the premiere of two extraordinary books: Różaniec (Rosary) by Rafał Kosik at 1:00 p.m., and Lem. Życie nie z tej Ziemi (Lem. A Life out of This World) by Wojciech Orliński at 2:00 p.m.

A real treat has been prepared for Sunday (10 September). Wojciech Orliński, the author of Lem. Życie nie z tej Ziemi, the first Polish biography of the writer published at the beginning of August by Czarne Publishing Company in co-edition with Agora Publishing Company, invites everyone to a unique walk around the city in the footsteps of Stanisław Lem. We would like to remind that Krakow UNESCO City of Literature is the patron of the book. Free entrance! The meeting place: Maria Magdalena Square at 3:00 p.m.

On Monday (11 September), a reading lesson themed with The Invincible will be held at Wyspiański Pavilion (2 Wszystkich Świętych Square). The Invincible is an excellent Polish example of the space opera genre, and one of Stanisław Lem’s most famous and most popular novels. The reading lesson will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Wyspiański Pavilion and will be led by Wojciech Orliński.

The culmination of the celebration will be Tuesday (12 September) evening at Kijów.Centrum cinema. The programme includes the Krakow premiere of Autor Solaris (2016), a film directed by Borys Lankosz, an award ceremony for the best mural inspired by Stanisław Lem’s work, and a debate with Wojciech Orliński and Boris Lankosz. Autor Solaris is an extraordinary story of the life and work of Stanisław Lem presented against the background of dramatic events of the 20th century. The film is narrated by Marek Kondrat, and in the staged biographical scenes, Lem will speak in the voice of a distinguished Polish theatrical actor Jan Peszek. Entry with free tickets available at  www.evenea.pl


The illustrator: Dagmara Matuszak

Organisers: The City of Krakow and Krakow Festival Office, the operator of the Krakow UNESCO City of Literature programme.

Partners: Czarne Publishing Company, Agora Publishing Company, Wydawnictwo Literackie Publishing Company, Lem Rigths, Skanska, Józef Dietl Foundation of Active Citizens, Galeria Krakowska, Krakowska Sieć Fantastyki, Voivodeship Public Library in Krakow, Pauza In Garden.

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