Literature and Realities. The 11th Conrad Festival
According to the Organizers’s words, "the idea behind this year's edition of the Conrad Festival can be explained by two sentences constituting the extreme points of the axis on which we will move during the October discussions: We have different views on reality. There are many realities.”.
Professor Michał Paweł Markowski, Artistic Director of the Conrad Festival, described the idea of this year's edition as follows: "This year we are aiming to explore the very core of our fascination with literature. Until now, we have been striving to show how to talk about reality. This time we reach for help from our authors and our readers to say what literature is as a reality, or – more precisely – how reality comes into being thanks to literature. Or, more precisely still, how literature extols different realities”. Among the invited guests were Olga Drenda, Marcin Napiórkowski, Marcin Szczygieł, Almudena Grandes, Mona Chollet, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dmitry Bykow, Radek Denemarkova, Didier Eribon and others. Many accompanying events are planned, such as: a discussion on the reality of the functioning of the Polish publishing market, including the needs and possibilities of film adaptation („Przemysły Książki”, „World2Picture”), showing the richness of the comic books world („Pasmo Komiksowe”), exhibitions, workshops for children and young adults, events in bookstores and libraries.
On the last day of the Festival, there will be presented the Conrad Award addressed exclusively to debutants, which assumes a cash prize of 30,000 PLN, a monthly residential stay in Krakow and the promotion of the winning book in „Tygodnik Powszechny” magazine.