Do we find our home in the homeland?
A project by the Akademie Schloss Solitude and the Literaturhaus Stuttgart in cooperation with the József Attila Circle (JAK), Budapest.
With the support of the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, the Staatsministerium Baden-Württemberg and the Péter Horváth Stiftung.
The question, paraphrased from the Hungarian anthem, came as a response to Hölderlin’s line: »So käm’ auch ich zur Heimat« (Well would I, too, like to come home). With these quotes the festival places the concept of »home« as its central topic. Writers are in many ways deeply rooted into their home, be it the language, the culture, the tradition or their audience, and rather: a combination of these, that creates this connection. This relationship remains a problematic one, as »home« is an ideal space, which one can struggle to reach, despite the possible failure. As contemporary literature from all over the world shows, this relationship does not become less complicated in the early 21st century. The aim of our festival is to bring together authors, previously involved in the networks of the three organising institutions, from Bosnia-Herzegovina, India, China, Lebanon, Romania and Switzerland in Hungary to write and talk about »home« and the role of the »home« in life and art. Many of our invited authors do not live in the country they were born in, often they do not write in the language that surrounded them as children. What does »home« mean in Hungary today and what does it mean to our guests? How can this concept be re-(e)valu(at)ed in reflection of the mirror the participants of the festival offer us to look into?
With the accompanying music and visual programs, we are stretching the boundaries between various art forms and at the same time, we use the opportunity to present the work of highly esteemed international authors together with the youngest generation of Hungarian writers, slammers, musicians, composers, visual and media artists.
Thursday, 29th November 2012
Morning venue: Open Society Archives, 1051 Budapest, Arany J. u. 32.
9.30 am: Registration for the press conference
10.00 am: Press conference with Jean-Baptiste Joly/Akademie Schloss Solitude, Zsófia Lóránd and Ádám Gaborják/JAK
10.30 am: Coffee break
11.00 am–12.30 pm: Roundtable discussion, in cooperation with the Central European University
With Kaiwan Mehta, Lina Mounzer, Gábor Schein, Zsuzsa Selyem, Dan Sociu, Krisztina Tóth, Dubravka Ugrešić. Moderiert von Nadia Al-Bagdadi and Jasmina Lukić.
Venue of all further events: A38 Ship
4.00–4.15 pm: Welcome by Jean-Baptiste Joly/Akademie Schloss Solitude, Florian Höllerer/Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Zsófia Lóránd and Ádám Gaborják/JAK)
4.15–4.45 pm: Opening Speech by Gábor Schein
In TranCE 1. (Transnational Cultural Evenings)
Host: Tibor Keresztury
5.00–6.00 pm: Zsuzsa Selyem (Cluj) – Šejla Šehabović (Tuzla)
6.00–7.00 pm: János Térey (Budapest) – Kaiwan Mehta (Mumbai)
7.15 pm: Welcome by Hans Georg Koch/MWK Baden-Württemberg and by Jean-Baptiste Joly/Akademie Schloss Solitude
7.45 pm: 1+2 (Reading and Discussion): Dubravka Ugrešić (Zagreb-Amsterdam)
Moderation by András Kepes, in conversation with Nóra Séllei.
9.30 pm: Reception and music
W.H. – Shakespeare szonettek és dalok
Dagadu Sena (voice), Márkos Albert (cello), Gryllus Samu (bass guitar), G. Szabó Hunor (percussion), Vajna Balázs (projection)
Friday, 30th November 2012
In TranCE 2.
Host: Tibor Keresztury
5.15–6.15 pm: Ildikó Noémi Nagy (Budapest) – Sándor Kányádi (Cluj)
6.30–7.30 pm: Yang Lian (Beijing-London) – Attila Bartis (Budapest)
7.45 pm: 1+2 (Reading and Discussion): Ilma Rakusa (Zurich)
Moderation by Balázs Lévai, in conversation with Imre Kurdi
9.15 pm: Music
»Zeneirodalom« (Music-literature) – 4 pieces of contemporary music to the writings of 4 writers
Writers: János Áfra, Orsolya Bencsik, Ádám Berta, Veronika Czapáry
Composers: László Bakk-Dávid, Adrián Kovács, Ákos Lustyik és Szabolcs Mátyássy zeneművei vonósnégyesre
String-quartet: Oszecsinszki Román – 1st violin; Bodor Gábor – 2nd violin; Apró Ágnes – viola; Takács Ákos – cello
Saturday, 1st December 2012
In TranCE 3.
Host: Tibor Keresztury
5.30–6.30 pm: Dan Sociu (Bucharest-Berlin) – Virág Erdős (Budapest)
6.30–7.30 pm: Lina Mounzer (Beirut-Budapest) – László Garaczi (Budapest)
8.00 pm: 1+2 (Reading and Discussion): Krisztina Tóth (Budapest)
Moderation by Nóra Winkler, in conversation with Enikő Darabos
9.00 pm: Music
»Némagyerek« – contemporary and slam poetry: Márton Simon, Péter Závada, Saiid, Virág Erdős, Zsófi Kemény, Lili Kemény, Zoltán Sopotnik and the Elefánt Band
During the festival, books by the following publishers are available on sale: JAK, Helikon, Jelenkor, Kalligram, L’Harmattan, Libri, Magvető , Palatinus