World Literature Festival Opens in Zagreb and Split

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ZAGREB, September 3, 2018 – The Sixth World Literature Festival was opened in Zagreb on Sunday with traditional messages about the role and place of literature and literary events in the cultural life of the capital as productive platforms for encounters between authors and readers.

The festival’s creative director Seid Serdarević, editor in chief of the Fraktura publisher, said in his opening address he was pleased that for the sixth year in a row Fraktura had managed to come up with a festival programme which attracted such a large audience.

During the festival, until September 8, Zagreb and Split will host about 100 authors, artists, illustrators, filmmakers and translators from 17 countries. They will participate in some 60 programmes, literary encounters, book launches, film screenings, roundtables and concerts.

Addressing those in attendance on behalf of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, Deputy Culture Minister Iva Hraste Sočo praised the festival as an intensive art experience offering “a feast” for those “for whom art and literature are a profession, a hobby and a passion, existence and the meaning of life.”

The Culture Ministry has recognised that creative force and been consistently supporting it for years, she said, confident the festival will have another successful edition next year.

The guest of the first panel, “Disclosure”, was Polish author Olga Tokarczuk.


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