The XVII International Literary Festival
DRUSKININKAI POETIC FALL 2006
Druskininkai Poetic Fall
is the principal annual literary festival of the Lithuanian P.E.N.
Centre. Since 1990 it has taken place in mid-October in the resort town
of Druskininkai (approximately 130 km south-west of Vilnius). Over the
years, the event has become popular in Lithuania and abroad, and has
become a favorite of both writers and the public. The XVII Annual
International Literary Festival Druskininkai
Poetic Fall 2006 will take place in Druskininkai and Vilnius 5-9
October. We invited 20 poets from abroad and 60 from Lithuania. 25 of
them will take part in readings.
We plan to meet our international guests October 4 or 5 (according to
our arrangements) at Vilnius Airport or other terminals and take them
to Druskininkai. The festival has its traditional form but the content
changes every year. Last year we concluded our cycle of festivals
related to the elements, dedicating the final one to Earth. This year
we decided to “put to work” one more element, following the Chinese
tradition – the Tree. All the more so, because the DPF logo is a tree,
dropping pages filled with poetry, and the festival itself was created
as a holiday of falling leaves. That’s why it is possible to say that
the tree is the principal symbol of DPF, its quintessential
theme. Dedicating the XVII festival to this element, we will try
also to change its structure somewhat. In place of the traditional
theoretical conference, we plan to arrange for a shorter discussion
about new directions in poetry in Lithuania and in those countries from
which we are awaiting guests. Afterwards, there will be time for
readings of poetry by younger poets, which earlier had taken place in
Vilnius because due to the tight schedule there was not a convenient
time for this event in Druskininkai.
The rest of the program in Druskininkai and in Vilnius will not change
too much. All of the traditional activities will take place: two
poetry evenings, the presentation of books published during the year,
chamber and night readings, and the presentation of work by guests from
abroad in Vilnius. Friday night’s readings – “The Night of the
Single Poem” – will take place in Đirdelë.
It will be required that each participant bring along one short poem
because he or she may be called upon to read at any moment.
Saturday morning in the Dainava Courtyard
the “Act of Destroying Trees” will take place in front of a bonfire.
We publish an annual anthology of participants every
year. Our foreign guests are presented in their original languages and
Lithuanian translations; 5-7 Lithuanian authors are also presented in
their language and English translations. For those of our guests who do
not know Lithuanian or the language of their colleagues published in
the anthology, we produce a chapbook with English translations of their
texts. The anthology is presented to all the participants, and copies
are also for sale. We send the anthology to other organizers of
festivals with whom we are in contact.
Events marked with stars: * will be available in the internet, address:
October 4. Wednesday
18.00 Readings by Polish poet Ryszard Krynicki at the Polish Institute
in Vilnius. Didţioji St. 23. <>
October 5. Thursday
Arrival of our foreign guests in Vilnius.
18.00 Departure of foreign guests to Druskininkai from the
Writers Club, Vilnius, K.Sirvydo 6.
20.00 Dinner. Café “Đirdelë” in Druskininkai.
October 6. Friday
8.30 Departure of participants from Vilnius, Lithuanian Writers‘
Union, K.Sirvydo 6.
11.00 Registration of participants. Druskininkai, Centre Dainava,
Maironio St. 16.
13.30 Lessons in creative writing at Atgimim and Senamiesčio High
14.00 Opening of the festival. Discussion: Is Poetry Still Written?
Dainava, Main Hall.
15.30 Coffee break.
16.00 Readings by young Lithuanian poets. Dainava, Main Hall.
17.30 Opening of the Wooden Exhibition by Benediktas Januđevičius at
the SOFA Gallery, Vilnius Alley, 10.
19.00* Poetry readings. Dainava, Main Hall.
21.00* Night of one poem. Café „Đirdelë“.
October 7. Saturday
11.00* Poetic performances in Dainava courtyard.
14.00* Chamber readings by Lithuanian poets. Centre „Dainava“ Small
16.00 Presentation of DPF anthology and other books. Dainava Main
Mini Book Fair in the Dainava Library.
19.00* Final poetry evening. Presentation of the Jotvingiai Prize and
other prizes. Centre Dainava,
21.00 Poetry night: competitions and performances. Centre Dainava
October 8, Sunday
12.00 Departure to Vilnius.
18.00* Readings by DPF guests. St.
Catherine’s Church. Vilnius, Vilnius St. 30.
20.00 Dinner. Closing of the Festival. Restaurant.
0ctober 17, Monday
117.00 Informal poetry readings in Uţupis Café. Republic of
For one anonymous poem;
Tree of Poetry – Tree of
Pinocchio, the floor is
Public Organization “Druskininkai Poetic Fall”
Lithuanian P.E.N. Centre, Centre
Culture and Sports support Fund; Ministry of Culture of the Lithuanian
Republic; American Centre; British Council; Fund for the Promotion of
Icelandic Literature; Literature Center at the Danish Arts Agency;
Llenyddiaeth Cymru Dramor/ Welsh Literature Abroad; Norwegian
Literature Abroad (NORLA); Polish Institute in Vilnius; Swedish
Institute; “Alita”; Centre “Dainava”; Druskininkai Municipality; weekly
“Literatűra ir menas”; “Drusva”; “Druskininkř Rasa”; Restaurant-Club