On 23-27 August 2017, the 16th edition of the international literature festival Poetische Quellen (Poetical Sources) took place. The festival’s artistic director Michael Scholz created an impressive program, in which 34 writers, philosophers, translators, journalists and musicians from 7 countries visited the neighbouring towns of Bad Oeynhausen and Löhne in Ostwestfalen-Lippe. Owing to the first cooperation with the poetry festival Sarajevo Poetry Days, initiated by Dževad Karahasan and Michael Scholz, the opening ceremony was devoted to the city of Sarajevo and to the culture of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The TRADUKI funded translation of the Macedonian cult novel Пиреј [Pirey/Couch Grass] by Petre M. Andreevski was published in German under the title Quecke by Guggolz-Verlag in August 2017. The novel celebrated its formal book launch on 29th September 2017, at a public event in collaboration with Buchhandlung Godolt.
The TRADUKI-supported Writers-in-Residence Programs in Belgrade, Novo Mesto, Prishtina, Sarajevo, Skopje, Split, and Tirana have developed a joint program called “Reading Balkans”, for which they received the support of the Creative Europe Program of the European Union. They invite interested writers (prose, poetry, drama, and essays) from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia to apply for four-week stays in one of the seven cities. Available are 21 fellowships in the period from March 1 and July 31, 2018. Deadline for applications is October 25, 2017.