Polish Nobel Prize laureate made patron of literary festival in Italy


The Polish Institute in Rome is a partner of the festival.

The “Isola delle Storie” festival, which takes place in Gavoi, is one of the most important cultural and literary events in Italy, featuring Italian and foreign writers, poets, publishers, translators, journalists, critics and bloggers. It attracts thousands of readers to Sardinia every year.

Among over 80 guests of this year’s festival are not only Italian authors, such as Silvia Avallone, Fabio Stassi, Giorgio Vasta and Wu Ming, a literary group, but also foreign ones: Katja Lange-Müller, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir and Sigitas Parulskis. The “Isle of stories” welcomes every year representatives of widely understood arts. Among invited guests for this edition are e.g. one of the leading Italian designers, Antonio Marras, who works for Kenzo, and a design director at Ferrari, Flavio Manzoni. Poland will be represented by the Wisława Szymborska Foundation.

The Polish Nobel Prize laureate will be one of the main heroes of the festival. On 5 July, participants of the “Isola delle Storie” will watch “Life is bearable at times,” a documentary film about Wisława Szymborska by Katarzyna Kolenda-Zaleska. Until 6 July, Museo Comunale in Gavoi will be displaying an exhibition of Wisława Szymborska’s collages, whose vernissage took place on 14 June 2014. Marie Clarie Italia, a monthly magazine, ranked the exhibition first among ten cultural events worth seeing during this summer in Italy.

The “Isola delle Storie” literary festival in Gavoi in Sardinia will be inaugurated on 3 July with a “Concert for Europe.” This international jazz project is coordinated by the Polish Institute in Rome, which entrusted artistic management to Maciej Fortuna, a jazz trumpeter. The concert is the fruit of collaboration between the Isola delle Storie Cultural Association in Gavoi and the Roman department of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), which is chaired by the Polish Institute in Rome till the end of 2015.

Apart from the Polish Institute in Rome, the partners of this year’s Ganovi project also include the Austrian Cultural Forum, the British Council, the Goethe-Institut, and the Romanian Institute of Culture in Venice. The “Isle of Stories” festival ends on 6 July 2014.

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