On this page we list upcoming  events in literature and the arts set to take place in Central Eastern Europe. If you to alert us to an upcoming event of this kind, please send an email to panel.editors@gmail.com  

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Don't miss autumn open calls for writers-in-residence in Europe!

http://www.edu-active.com/fellowship/2018/aug/26/call-applications-artist-residence-programme-2019-.html –  This call is open to visual artists, composers, writers, literary translators, art and cultural educators whose permanent place of residence is outside of Austria and who have completed their training. 1-2 months residences for writers and literary translators. Deadline: September 30, 2018.

http://www.seafoundation.eu/call-applications-artist-residence-sea-foundation-netherlands/ – These residencies are designed for the 21st-century art professional – visual artists, curators and art theorists/writers – whose work and life demands both a rigorous engagement as well as urgency to propel progress. Up to 3 months. Deadline: October 15, 2018.

http://www.fondation-janmichalski.com/en/residence-pour-ecrivains/ - Open to all types of writing, priority for this residency is given to writers and translators. Residencies can be granted for individual projects or projects in pairs. In 2019, a percentage of the residences will be dedicated to nature writing, a form of fiction or creative non-fiction that raises awareness of nature, prepares for a sustainable way of living, and helps an audience to better understand socio-environmental interconnections and the impact of human actions on nature. Deadline: September 9, 2018.

Panel will continue to post updates on scholarships, grants and other forms of financial support for writers.

The International Odessa Literature Festival

September 26-30, 2018

The International Literature Festival in Odessa, Ukraine, brings together authors from all over the world, including authors from Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, Georgia, Turkey, Germany, Switzerland, Norway and India. The festival aims to strengthen connections with other cultural centers in Europe and beyond, as well as to foster the international and cosmopolitan character of Odessa. Along with literary events, there will be talks and discussions related to social and political issues in the region and in Europe as a whole.
Participants will read pieces in the language they were written. Guests of the festival will be provided with Ukrainian translations of the work as well as of talks and panel discussions.

More here: http://litfestodessa.com/home

24th Book Fair (y) in Istria, 2018 Pula - Croatian Defenders’ Home

November 29 – December 9 2018

The theme of the 24th Book Fair (y) is liberty, which connects each programme at the festival. Talking Behind the Curtain is a programme that promotes the latest non-fiction and generates debate on mainstream, everyday life. Another traditional and the most popular programme of the festival is Breakfast with the Author, which brings together the author, their literary work and general readership in a free-form environment. Author Reads Author is an innovative promotional format in which recent publications of well-known authors are promoted by one-on-one interactions between two authors that take turns presenting each other's work.

An essay on the festival's theme can be found here http://www.sanjamknjige.hr/en/2018/teme/freedom/ as well as the festival programme and contact information.

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

November 17 - December 3, 2018

One of the most interesting film festivals in Northern Europe is held in late autumn, when the Black Nights Film Festival transforms the city of Tallinn into a wonderland, creating an atmosphere that is equal parts art and magic. Each year, programme curators do their best to present screenings in a diverse and dynamic context so as to exhibit established masters alongside newcomers. Films that are included in the programme, originate from 70 different countries.

More here https://2018.poff.ee/

Panel magazine launch \ Budapest Friday Night Stories readings # 4

May 11, 2018

Massolit Books and Café

Budapest, Nagy Diófa u, 30

The launch party of Panel issue # 1 will be followed by readings from  Budapest Friday Night Stories. Everyone is welcome. The admission is free. More info on participants and readers will be available shortly. Please check the Panel website and our Facebook page for updates.   

Bratislava Book Festival, BraK

May 17-20, 2018

The theme of the 5th Bratislava book festival (BRaK) is “Languages of the Book”. This means that the guest list includes both international and local writers, who play with the language in a myriad of ways. BRaK is also serves as a platform for independent and major publishers, illustrators, young and recognized authors.

More information at http://brakfestival.sk/

Tbilisi International Book Fair

May 31 – June 3, 2018

Tbilisi International Book Fair has been held since 1997 and, over the years, gained a reputation. A rapidly increasing number of participants and visitors has become a hallmark of the festival, and, while the fair attracts more and more of the writing world's attention, its aim remains the same – to promote reading and writing  in the Georgian language, and to establish the Georgian book market in the international scene.

More here at http://www.gpba.ge/new/16/

The Milosz Festival

June, 7-10, 2018

Krakow, Poland

The Milosz Festival celebrates poetry in all its forms, while its sister platform,OFF Mi?osz, will focus especially on independent and experimental poetic works. Among participants of this year's festival are such names as Hera Lindsay Bird (New Zealand), Rudka Zydel (Poland), Grigory Semenchuk (Ukraine), Rados?aw Jurczak (Poland), Georgina Wilding (Great Britain), Mark Pajak (Great Britain), Kira Pietrek (Poland), Nathan Curnow and Geoffrey Williams (Australia). The guest of honor will be Tyehimba Jess, an American poet and Pulitzer Prize winner. The program of OFF Milosz is set to include magazine launches, poetry slams, and writing workshops.
More here, at http://krakowcityofliterature.com/ring-the-alarm-off-milosz-is-announced/

Jazz in the Park Festival

June 21 – July 1, 2018


This year's festival will last for 11 days and will host a dozen famous bands from around the world. The venues of the festival are pretty amazing – the courtyard of the Art Museum of Cluj, Hungarian Opera and the city's huge Central Park. This open-air summer jazz promises to be something spectacular. More here  https://www.jazzinthepark.ro/en/j

Lviv International Literature Festival

September, 12-18, 2018

The Lviv International Literature Festival is the only literary festival in Ukraine that has steadily climbed in its international reputation since beginning in 1997. The festival creates ideal conditions for promoting Ukrainian writers in the West and for hosting international writers and exposing them to a Ukrainian audience. Apart from literature, the festival lends its platform to other forms of art, including the experimental, and to alls kinds of cultural initiatives. This may be the reason why festival guests include not only writers, poets and artists, but also cultural activists, scientists, and translators from all over the world.

More here, at http://bookforum.ua/

Vilenica Literary Festival

September 4-9, 2018, Slovenia

The Vilenica International Literary Festival, a gathering of poets, prose writers, dramatists and essayists, that takes place annually in Lipica and at other venues in Slovenia. The six day event includes numerous  literary readings, discussions, presentations, a book fair and even the Vilenica International Literary Prize, to be given to a Central European author for outstanding achievement in literature or essay writing.

More at https://vilenica.si/en/about-vilenica/