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Turku International Book Fair

Turku International Book Fair

Turku Book Fair’s themes will be updated – in the future the fair themes will include not just literature but also other art forms.

“Already next autumn, we will start a series of cross-disciplinary main themes, which are intended to broaden the concept of literature as an art form – to highlight its naturally cross-disciplinary dimensions and to serve an audience that consumes a broad spectrum of culture. First in line is theatre, the art form that is probably closest to literature,” says the Turku Book Fair’s Programme Manager Jenni Haukio.

“We have been delighted with how the theme has been received. Among the theatres that have signed up are the Finnish National Theatre and Turku City Theatre,” says Haukio.

International authors will still be in attendance at the Turku Book Fair. The fair will also feature stands for different countries. Close collaboration with publishers will continue and visitors will get a chance to meet literary and cultural guests.

Haukio has selected as this year’s topical themes the cultural impacts of climate change and literacy and its advancement.

The main partner for the cultural impacts of climate change theme is Sitra and other partners include the Finland Futures Research Centre.

Participants in the book fair also include the literacy advocacy organisation LukuliikeLastenkirjaininstituutti, which promotes reading and literature for children, and the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK with its Operaatio Ankka literacy campaign.

Onassis Festival: New Play for Antigone Now

Onassis Festival: New Play for Antigone Now

Award-winning, groundbreaking playwright and actor Lena Kitsopoulou stars in and directs a new play inspired by the story of Antigone and specially commissioned for the Antigone Now festival. Also starring Sofia Kokkali (Little England) and Themis Panou (Miss Violence).

Lena Kitsopoulou was born and lives in Athens. She graduated from the Karolos Koun Drama School in 1994. As an actor she has worked with the National Theatre, the Art Theatre, the Κ.Θ.Β.Ε, New Stage, Theater of the Notos, among others, performing in classical and contemporary works. She has also appeared in films and won the Lead Actress Prize at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in 1997. In 2006 she published the first collection of short stories with the title Bats (debut author award DIAVAZO). Since then she published two more collections, Great Roads and Fisheye, as well as the novella M.A.I.R.O.Y.L.A.

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