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The Fifth Novi Sad Literature festival Print E-mail
The International Novi Sad Literature Festival is the biggest and brightest in Serbia. Featuring contemporary poets, novelists and critics, the Festival lasts for 4 days filled with literature. It includes readings, performances, exhibitions, music and a wonderful atmosphere.
The Festival is going to be held in Novi Sad, from 30th August to 2nd September 2010.
It is a literature festival that features poets, novelists and critics who represent and promote the contemporary literature. More than 150 writers from Serbia and abroad participated in the first four Festivals, and the impressions of all the participants were very good – they were all satisfied with their stay in Novi Sad and the programme of the Festival (participants from England, Ireland, Germany, Bulgaria, Ukraine, the USA, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Romania, Sudan, France, Denmark, Nigeria, Morocco, etc.).
The programme of the Festival includes afternoon and evening readings and discussions in various venues throughout the city, as well as visiting other towns in Serbia. The readings represent national literatures, groups of authors or a single author. The main event is the evening reading on „Trg mladenaca“ in the city centre, in front of the Poetry Gate. Every year, a symposium is held to discuss important contemporary literary themes and very exciting Slam Poetry Competition for young poets.
The participants will go on a boat ride on the Danube (from Novi Sad to Sremski Karlovci) and visit the monasteries on Fruska Gora (a mountain near Novi Sad).
Novi Sad is the capital of the Province of Vojvodina and the second biggest city in Serbia Its population is over 450,000. It is an important economic, cultural and university centre. The centre of the city was built during 18th and 19th centuries, and on the opposite bank of the Danube, there is a magnificent fortress built in 17th century. The monasteries on Fruska Gora were built in the period from 15th to 18th centuries. A small town of Sremski Karlovci is situated on Fruska Gora. The Serbian Romanticism started in Sremski Karlovci and Novi Sad, and lasted from 1847 till 1870. It was led by poet Branko Radicevic and after him Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj and Laza Kostic. The objectives were to promote the language reform of Vuk Karadzic who modernized Serbian language and introduced the vernacular Serbian into literature, anticlassical rebellion and introduction of a new sensibility and aesthetics into Serbian literature. Romanticism attributed to the strong affirmation of Serbian culture, modern books and publishing.
During the Festival, a ceremony of awarding the prize to the Young Serbian poet of the Year will be held in Sremski Karlovci.
Every year, International Literary Award Novi Sad is given to a world renowned living poet for his poetic oeuvre or life achievement in the field of poetry( Christoph Meckel, Jean-Pierre Faye, Ben Okri, Sean O Brien).
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