Dromineer Literary Festival 2019

Dromineer Literary Festival 2019

The Dromineer Literary Festival has become well known and much loved as a friendly and intimate event and the location, on the banks of Lough Derg, certainly contribute to its charm.

Although called a literary festival, the events are more wide-ranging than this suggests, encompassing visual arts, film, crafts, and music. There are poetry and short story competitions and also special workshops for secondary school students.

It’s impossible to ignore the mighty Shannon River when you are in Dromineer, and the annual cruise and talk on Sunday afternoon aboard The Spirit of Killaloe has always been a popular part of the festival.

This is just a taste of what’s on offer and really its the pace, friendliness, and location of this festival that make it the special event it is. Get along if you can.

Festivaletteratura in Mantua

Festivaletteratura in Mantua

Since 1997, Festivaletteratura is one of the most awaited Italian cultural events of the year, a five-day meeting with authors, readings, guided tours, shows, and concerts with artists from all over the world, who meet in Mantua to live in an unforgettable party atmosphere.

Internationally renowned storytellers and poets participate in the Festival, the most interesting voices of emerging literature, and still essayists, musicians, artists, scientists, according to a broad and curious meaning of literature, which is not denied to the knowledge of territories and languages ​​far from the traditional fees.

Particular attention is paid to children and adolescents: numerous meetings, shows, and workshops are designed only for children or for adults and children together. All of this in Mantua, a pearl of the Renaissance recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site, where the collected dimension of the city brings together authors and readers, allowing everyone to move easily from one appointment to another.

Starting from an initiative “from the bottom” of simple citizens who immediately tried to share their idea with the rest of the city – inspired by a consolidated model in other European countries, in particular the Anglo-Saxon area – the Festival was immediately made precisely from the Mantuan community, as demonstrated by the widespread adherence of small and large economic realities among the supporters and sponsors, the extraordinary participation at the level of volunteering, the provision of spaces or other collaborations by individual persons or associations of the territory.

To date Festivaletteratura, enriched by the creation of an archive where the materials accumulated over years of activity are collected, keeps its innovative drive intact and continues to be a reference point for authors (Italian and otherwise) who renew their adhesion to the formula original, for volunteers of all ages who embody the seriously playful spirit, for cultural institutions, libraries and reading groups that offer an essential support to the increasingly consolidated realization of projects and initiatives able to continue inside and outside the Festival during the year.

Letture d’Estate at Castel S. Angelo

Letture d’Estate at Castel S. Angelo

The gardens of Castel S. Angelo host Letture d’Estate, a programme of “summer readings along the river and among the trees”, with free cultural events and children’s activities each day from 10.00 until 01.30. Dedicated to books and reading, the programme includes more than 850 events including meetings, readings, music, games, performances and film screenings. The festival will also raise funds for Peter Pan Onlus, the Rome charitable association which provides support for families with children suffering from cancer, whose volunteers will be on hand to oversee games ranging from chess to table-tennis. For details see Letture d’Estate website.

EuropeNow Spotlights Bulgaria: A Night of Music, Readings & Art

EuropeNow Spotlights Bulgaria: A Night of Music, Readings & Art

Please join us for an evening of Bulgarian music, literature, and art in celebration of EuropeNow Journal’s 1-year anniversary.

The event is hosted by the Council for European Studies (CES), the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation / Фондация “Елизабет Костова”, and Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York.

Free Admission. Donations are encouraged.

About the artists:

Elizabeth Kostova holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Michigan. Elizabeth Kostova was born in Connecticut in 1964. She is the author of three novels, The Historian (Little, Brown, 2005), The Swan Thieves (Little, Brown, 2010), and The Shadow Land (Random House, 2017). The Historian was the first debut novel in U.S. publishing history to debut at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List, has been translated into 40 languages, and won Quill and Independent Bookseller Awards. The Swan Thieves was also a New York Times Bestseller and has been translated into 28 languages.

Georgi Gospodinov is a poet, а writer and а playwright.
His book Natural Novel has been published in 23 languages, including English (Dalkey Archive Press, 2005), German, Italian, and was just recently translated into Icelandic as well. The novel has received praise from The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, etc.

Dobrinka Tabakova is a composer of “exciting, deeply moving” music (Washington Times), with “glowing tonal harmonies and grand, sweeping gestures [which] convey a huge emotional depth” (The Strad). She has been commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society, BBC Radio 3 and Britten Sinfonia. Her debut profile album “String Paths,” on ECM Records, was nominated for a Grammy in 2014. In 2017 she becomes composer-in-residence with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Dobrinka graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and holds a PhD in composition from King’s College, London.

Ani Collier is a dancer, choreographer, director and visual artist. She was born in Bulgaria and trained at The State Ballet School in Sofia behind the Iron Curtain before moving to USA after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990.

Houben Tcherkelov is a painter and experimental artist who lives and works in New York. In his early photographs, film, and installations post-communist Bulgaria and Bulgarian art is a recurrent theme. In his more recent work, Tcherkelov paints images from American and other national currencies using impasto, glaze, foil, acrylic and watercolor techniques. In all of his work the artist seeks to suggest the way in which symbolic images legitimize national power.

Rafaelo Kazakov was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1963 in a family of civil engineers. In the mid-80s he began making the transition from a hobbyist to a photographer, consciously using the camera to make a statement in the tradition of the reportorial, socially-engaged photography of Robert Frank and Henri Cartier Bresson, who were his formative influences. During the years 1983-1990 he had numerous exhibitions and magazine publications in Bulgaria and abroad, and gained the confidence, technique and scope of thinking of an artist.

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