As his working stay in Sarajevo was drawing to an end, the Kosovar writer Arben Idrizi participated on September 27th in a literary evening organized by TRADUKI and the P.E.N. Centre Bosnia and Herzegovina. The writer spoke about his recently published book Zveri vole otadžbinu [Beasts love their fatherland] and discussed with the moderator Ahmed Burić the topic “Poetry in Times of Austerity”.
TRADUKI and the PEN Centre of Bosnia and Herzegovina will also in 2014 invite writers and translators from Albania, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia to apply for working grants in Sarajevo. Deadline for application is November 15th, 2013.
The first guest of the residence programme “Absolute Modern“, initiated by the publishing house Goten with the support by TRADUKI, was the Serbian poet and translator Duško Novaković who spent the month of September in Skopje in order to work on his current projects and to get an insight into the contemporary cultural scene in Macedonia.
As Jasmina Topić resided in Tirana as the guest of the residence programme, a translator Natalia Paulina Žaba Stojilković translated several of her poems to Albanian. The translations have now been published in the Albanian press: in the literary supplement of the newspaper Metropol, in the literary weekly Milosao as well as in the quarterly magazine for literary critique Poeteka.
The Croatian accession to the EU on July 1st was commented in the German media mostly from the political and economic points of view. Now it is time to give the voice to the multifaceted Croatian literature: in this autumn, ten German literary establishments will host readings and presentations of Croatian writers and musicians. All events will be documented on the website of KroatienKreativ 2013, the Croatian partner in the project. Responsible for the programme are the non-profit association Kulturallmende and the involved literary institutions. The series of events na brodu is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia.
In cooperation with the Association MitOst e.V. initiated the Robert Bosch Stiftung the Programme “Actors of Urban Change”. The program Actors of Urban Change aims to achieve sustainable and participatory urban development through cultural activities. This is carried out by strengthening the competencies for cross-sector collaboration among actors from the cultural scene, the administration, and the private sector.