The XVIII International Literary Festival
DRUSKININKAI POETIC FALL 2007
Every writer and every literature creates an imaginary map which
reflects their vision of the world. In this map one sees most clearly
the native village or the city, the traditions of native literature,
the heritage of the native region. For many writers these nearest
things are an antidote against superficiality and unification. On the
other hand, since times immemorial literature cannot be dissociated
from the object of desire which is quite far away. Classical
Antiquity or the isles of the Southern Seas, the simplicity of
the North or exotic religions and ideologies these utopical
formations not only impart sense to the writers work but also show the
direction for others who follow them.
We would like to suggest that the participants of the Druskininkai
Poetic Fall discuss the ways in which these phenomena function in
contemporary literature. Is it the near or the remote pole which is
more important nowadays? Is it possible today to treat not only
national literature, but also regional culture as an inborn trait? What
is to be considered as their basis: similar language, historical
experience, landscape and climate? Does the dream land of writers still
exist? Should it have a prototype in reality, or does it suffice that
it fosters creativity? Or is it a dangerous mirage one has to fight
October 4. Thursday
Arrival of our foreign guests in Vilnius.
17.00 Departure of foreign guests to Druskininkai from the
Writers Club, Vilnius, K.Sirvydo 6.
20.00 Dinner. Café Širdelė in Druskininkai.
October 5. 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.
13.13 Lessons in creative writing at Atgimimo
High Schools (parallel).
13.30 Opening of the festival. Discussion: Eldorado round the corner: near and remote
in literature. Dainava, Main Hall.
16.00 Coffee break.
16.30 Readings by young Lithuanian poets. Moderator Agnė Žagrakalytė. Dainava, Main Hall.
19.00 Poetry readings and auction of poets manuscripts. Dainava, Main Hall.
21.30 Night of one poem. Café Širdelė.
October 6. Saturday
11.00 Poetic performances in Dainava
courtyard: The Oriental Bazaar.
14.00 Presentation of DPF anthology and other books. Dainava Main Hall. Mini Book Fair
in the Dainava Library.
16.00 Chamber readings by Lithuanian poets. Centre Dainava Small Hall.
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 7. Sunday
12.00 Departure to Vilnius.
18.00* Readings by DPF guests and winners of prizes. St.
Catherines Church. Vilnius, Vilnius St. 30.
Of one poem;
of Travel Song;
Humorous: My Native Drink.
DPF Board of Experts:
Kornelijus Platelis (Chairman), Antanas A. Jonynas (Vice-Chairman),
Andrius Mosiejus (treasurer), Gerardo Beltrán (Mevico), Gintaras
Bleizgys, Vladas Braziūnas, Erika Drungytė, Leszek Engelking (Poland),
Antanas Gailius, Sigitas Geda, Liudvikas Jakimavičius, Donaldas
Kajokas, Laurynas Katkus, Kerry Shawn Keys, Liana Ruokytė, Zenonas
Streikus, Marijus Šidlauskas, Ričardas Šileika, Antanas Šimkus, Alvydas
Šlepikas, Jonas Zdanys, Agnė Žagrakalytė.
Asociation Druskininkai Poetic Fall, Lithuanian P.E.N Centre, Centre
Fund for Support Culture and Sports; Ministry of Culture of the
Lithuanian Republic; American Centre; Cervantes Institute; the Embassy
of Spain; the Embassy of Portugal; Goethe Institute; Llenyddiaeth Cymru
Dramor/ Welsh Literature Abroad; Polish Institute in Vilnius; AB
Alita; Centre Dainava; Druskininkai Municipality; weekly
Literatūra ir menas; Drusva; Druskininkų Rasa.