ŠUŠUR! FESTIVAL OF WORDS 2016
07. August 2016, 21h
Square in front of the St Mark’s Cathedral
In August 2016, the Festival celebrates its 5th edition. ŠUŠUR! Festival of Words 2016 has devoted this year’s program to the socio-political aspect of intellectual migration and associated cause-effects. The goal is to examine the emergence of nomadism in the context of art, primarily literature, and try to find an answer to a question whether the origin of this phenomenon lies in a search for inspiration and adventure, or it is a consequence of the necessity and actuality. The topic of literary-artistic nomads has been present for as long as the literature itself. The discourse of the Festival focuses on examining the impact of migration on the private and artistic development of the individual; how an individual accepts and respects the cultural patterns that are different, and sometimes in conflict with inherited and learned; how such an exchange of cultural experiences is affecting the individuals, etc.
The emphasis is on the issues of origin, belonging and identity in which a language/dialect plays a vital role. The audience will have an opportunity to hear personal testimonies, stories, and fragments by writers, travelers, historians with characteristic immigrant status and (im)permanent addresses. They will discuss their positions as migrants, the artistic process that is determined by nomadism and other phenomena of exchange of cultural patterns characteristic for the ‘life abroad’.
ŠUŠUR! Festival of Words 2016 has a great pleasure to host the following authors: Alida Bremer, Dragana Markovina, Damir Markovina, Igor Štiks, Jerko Bakotin, Marko Pogačar and Seid Serdarević.
ŠUŠUR! Festival of Words 2016 is being realized in partnership with association KULA from Croatia and was supported by the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Croatia and the City of Korčula.
More About ŠUŠUR! Festival of Words:
ŠUŠUR! Festival of Words is a literary festival conceived in 2012 by Kulturna akcija – KULA, association from Croatia, in partnership with BLOCKFREI with the aim to fill in the cultural their diaspora by using contemporary cultural production and innovative approach. (...)
The festival creates a dialogue between cultural representatives from the former Yugoslav countries, local community and wider audience. The Festival takes place every August in Korčula (Croatia) and it hosts authors from Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro as well as local authors in an attempt to offer a platform for cultural exchange and networking, including the local community as its vital part.
Every edition of the Festival is curated around a specific theme related to the life of the island (discussions about socio-political aspect of intellectual migration and nomadism, analysis of the concept of islomania, talks on traveling writings as a literary category, views on the phenomenon of “summer readings”, romance novels and noir stories through a perception of regional and local authors, etc. ) and consists of the evening literary program, readings and round table talks held in an open public space. A series of hands-on multilingual workshops (“photography workshop”, “word hunt -a workshop about local dialect”, “hand made paper”, etc.) have been organized as side events, for the local audience as well as for visitors of the island of all languages and generations.
With this project, BLOCKFREI wants to contribute to the higher cooperation among civil sector in the region of former Yugoslavia and its diaspora and enable a platform for multicultural exchange. ŠUŠUR! Festival of Words so far was supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, the City of Korčula and TRADUKI.