Prague, April 22 – May 24, 2008|
Held by the Franz Kafka Society and Fundación Internacional Jorge Luis Borges
Under the aegis of the Mayor of Prague Pavel Bém
I. Biennale Kafka / Borges – Prague / Buenos Aires is a project of the Franz Kafka Society and the International Foundation of Jorge Luis Borges. Held in Prague between April 22 and May 24, 2008, it is a series of cultural programmes aimed at presenting the inspiring power of the works of Franz Kafka and Jorge Luis Borges, two exceptional figures of modern world literature.
A guest of honor of the Biennale is Mrs. María Kodama, the wife of Jorge Luis Borges and President of the International Foundation of Jorge Luis Borges.
The Biennale links up to the successful cultural festival Kafka – Borges, which was held in Prague in 2004, and to the project Prague in Buenos Aires – from Kafka to Borges (Buenos Aires, 2007). Next Biennale Kafka / Borges will be held in Argentina in 2010.
The Biennale will open with an international symposium, taking place on April 22–23, 2008 in the Great Hall of the Municipal Library in Prague. Distinguished German and Spanish scholars will give lectures on the following topics: Kafka and Jewishness; Borges and Jewishness in His Works; Kafka and the Czech World and Borges and His Argentine Perception of the World. The lecturers appearing at the symposium are as follows: Hartmut Binder (Germany), Rolando Costa Picazo (Argentina), Josef Čermák (Czech Republic), Josefina Delgado (Argentina), Josef Forbelský (Czech Republic), José María Gonzáles García (Spain), Anna Housková (Czech Republic), María Kodama (Argentina), Kurt Krolop (Czech Republic), Daniel Nemrava (Czech Republic), Anthony Northey (Canada), Guido Massino (Italy), Susana Regazzoni (Italy), Ritchie Robertson (Great Britain), Eduardo Rovner (Argentina), Paulína Šišmišová (Slovakia).
Within the programme we will also have a unique opportunity to meet leading Argentine and Czech writers and poets; the following authors have accepted an invitation to attend: Cristina Piňa, Marcelo Abadi, Václav Cílek, Petr Borkovec, Arnošt Lustig and Arnošt Goldflam. A special evening is reserved for a meeting with María Kodama. The programme comes complete with a cycle of films Kafka and Borges in Films, which seeks to present films that have been screened in the Czech Republic only very rarely or never before. Theatre performances will include a staging of Proces (The Trial) by Dušan Pařízek, which won the Alfréd Radok Award for 2007 (Komedie Theatre). The Strašnické Theatre will stage a performance written by the actors of the SKLEP Theatre entitled Piš Kafka piš (Write, Kafka, Write).
The programme will be supplemented with three free follow-up exhibitions and concerts.
The Biennale includes almost thirty programmes of different genres. They could not be held without the assistance granted by many institutions and personalities who deserve our great thanks.
Held with the kind support of the following institutions:
MINISTRY OF CULTURE OF THE ARGENTINE REPUBLIC
CAPITAL CITY OF BUENOS AIRES
MINISTRY FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE ARGENTINE REPUBLIC, SECTION OF CULTURAL RELATIONS
THE EMBASSY OF THE ARGENTINE REPUBLIC IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC
EMBASSY OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC IN THE ARGENTINE REPUBLIC
INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR IN BUENOS AIRES
In conjunction with:
INTERNAITONAL BOOK FAIR AND LITERARY FESTIVAL - BOOK WORLD PRAGUE