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21 - 30/06/2019

    Michał Lipszyc, James Omolo, Romuald Krężel, Bogusław Bakuła

    Many critics and historians claim that our mentality is still colonial. No matter how deeply we reflect on history, we are still stuck in the divisive categories of the first, second and third world. What does this mean in a country that has no colonial past outside of Europe? How does it affect the reception of African literature? How do African authors perceive the West?

    The debate is accompanied by a staged reading of excerpts from the novel Granma Nineteen and the Soviet’s Secret by Ondjaki. Director: Romuald Krężel.

    FORUM 2019: A culture of war in a time of peace

    The Forum for discussions in Wolności Square is where we broadly talk about the main festival theme. This year, our focus is on the relationship between war and peace. Statistics show that we are living in the safest and least brutal period in history, but despite this, war is not an abstract or unreal concept at all. What form does war take in this most peaceful of ages? How do we define this state of war/peace? What will future wars be like?

    We invite you to meet writers, philosophers, political scientists and people who have participated in and witnessed contemporary warfare.

    The discussions are accompanied by staged readings of excerpts from a selection of books.