Think: literature!

The Conrad Festival starts this Monday (the 22nd of October). Throughout the entire week (until Sunday, the 28th of October), brilliant writers from all over the world will visit Krakow including: Nobel Prize winner, Orhan Pamuk, Hungarian writer and essayist, Petér Esterházy, British writer and feminist, Jeanette Winterson, and Croatian writer and essayist, Dubravka Ugrešić. Among the Polish writers and reportage writers who have confirmed their participation, are: Zygmunt Miłoszewski, Mikołaj Łoziński, Eustachy Rylski, Wojciech Jagielski, Krzysztof Varga, Jacek Dehnel, Magdalena Tulli, Małgorzata Szejnert, Piotr Sommer, and NIKE Literary Award winners – Marian Pilot, Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki and Marek Bieńczyk. As always, the Festival Centre be located at Pałac Pod Baranami (Rynek Główny 27).

Conrad Festival is also about a number of other events inspired by literature: film screenings, exhibitions , a concert and a play.

A detailed programme of the festival is available at:

The Conrad Festival is a joint undertaking of the City of Krakow, the Krakow Festival Office and Tygodnik Powszechny Foundation. The most outstanding figures of world literature visit Krakow for almost a week, while festival events are accompanied by screenings of films connected with literature, exhibitions, concerts and lectures which constitute additional, non-literary contexts for the authors and their works. Invited writers include both winners of prestigious awards and authors of world best-sellers – belles letters meets fiction, journalism, film, theatre and music.

During previous editions of the Festival, the readers were able to meet, among others: Pascal Quignard, Etgar Keret, Marjane Satrapi, Per Olov Enquist, Claude Lanzmann, Herta Müller, Amos Oz, Jean Hatzfeld, László Krasznahorkai and a group of great Polish writers and reportage writers including Wojciech Jagielski, Maciej Zaremba and Mariusz Szczygieł. Since its first edition, the Festival has become a recognizable brand and a symbol if a great international celebration of literature. It is covered by the most important media in Poland and Europe. The festival is recommended by: British The Guardian and Swiss Le Courrier, the opinion-forming weekly magazine Polityka included it on a prestigious list of 10 World’s League cultural events in Poland, while Malemen lifestyle magazine called it simply the Salon of the year. It is worth emphasizing that unlike many domestic events which celebrate Polish literature, the Conrad Festival is designed as a world-scale event. It is a recognizable international event, one of the most important ones of this kind in the entire world.

Artistic director of the Festival, Professor Michał Paweł Markowski, is a Jagiellonian University professor, literary critic, essayist, publicist and the head of the Chair of Polish language and Literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago.