The prose readings festival 2020 will take place in absentia: from December 1 to 6, it will be possible to watch it live video on the festival website and on the websites of the festival ‘s cooperation partners “Delfi” and the Internet magazine “Satori”, some of the readings will be heard in the form of audio recordings in cooperation with Latvian Radio, as well as on the festival’ s official “Spotify” account. The texts of the Baltic authors will be published on the festival website, as well as in the December and January issues of the festival’s cooperation partner “CONTEXT”, but viewers will also be invited to participate in various interactive activities and initiatives on the festival’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.
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Festival organizer Inga Žolude emphasizes: “Live video forms only a small part of the overall festival program – the main focus this year is on the voices of the Writer and the Writer – both in a philosophical sense and because they will be heard in audio podcasts, and everyone will have a unique opportunity to hear the author the latest texts in their own performance, and at any time and place convenient to them – I think this includes precisely the independence of the writer’s and writer’s voice – from the place, time, circumstances and challenges that different eras present to us. sound across barriers and borders. This year we especially appreciate this freedom of voice and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the festival with them! “
Although remotely, the festival program offers a variety of events.
• On December 1, the festival will be opened with Ināra Kolmane’s short film “Prose Readings 25”.
• On December 2, a discussion “Freedom of Speech – Myths and Reality” will take place, chaired by Lolita Tomsone and featured by writers Rihards Bargais, Inga Gaile, Haralds Matulis and Ieva Kolmane.
• On December 3, there will be a live video opportunity to listen to the readings of the winners of the “Awkward Topics” competition.
• On December 4, there will be an evening of Baltic stories, with the participation of authors from all the Baltic States, in English.
• December 5 at At 2 pm, future works will be read by future writers who have participated in the literary camp “Invitation”. At At 6 pm, future writers from the professional education program “Literary Academy” will read their works: Jena Anderson, Jānis Zelčāns, Sandra Bormeistere, Elvis Friks. In the evening at 22.00 reading “Late evening parties with writers” is organized by the internet magazine “Satori”. Will read their works: Andris Kuprišs, Anete Konste, Andris Kalnozols, Alise Redviņa. The event is hosted by Henrik Elias Zegner.
• On December 6, the closing day of the festival will be “Prose Breakfast” – traditional Sunday morning readings. Inga Gaile, Viesturs Ķerus, Rudīte Kalpiņa, Arno Jundze, Andra Manfelde will read their works at the breakfast table. The event will be hosted by Toms Treibergs. This will be followed by an online conversation with Ukrainian writer Tamara Horih Zerni, author of the novel “Girl” (“DienasBook”, 2020). At the closing event of the festival and presentation of the award, Inga Ābele, Rvīns Varde, Gundega Repše, Arvis Viguls read their works.
Within the framework of the festival, everyone is offered the opportunity to visit the memorial benches created by Miķelis Mūrnieks and Henrik Elias Zēgners to writers Andra Neiburga and Paul Bankovskis, take a photo or film themselves, read a book by Andras Neiburga, Pauls Bankovskis or another local author . The festival has taken a surprise for the author of the best photo! The bench is located near Riga Natalija Draudziņa Secondary School from the side of Bruņinieku Street. The bench has been installed within the LLMC project “Together”.
In turn, the association of young authors “Karantīna” will offer everyone the opportunity to become a text author on December 1-6, writing a story on special posters of the festival “Prose Readings 2020”, placed in freely accessible places in libraries, bookstores, near Tallinn Street block, etc. – with full The list will be available on the festival website.
In 25 years, the festival has evolved from a short reading evening to commemorate Andrejs Upītis’ birthday into a multi-day prose festival, during which Latvian writers and guest authors from different European countries perform at various events with readings of their latest works or fragments. Over time, “Prose Readings” have become a creative meeting place for authors and readers, as well as an important reference point in local literature, allowing to be aware of the continuous development and topicality of the industry in the Latvian cultural space.