The 35th Vilenica International Literary Festival, organised by the Slovene Writers’ Association and the Vilenica Cultural Association from Sežana, is taking place on 8-13 September under the theme "Europe is expanding and shrinking". Since its incetion, the Festival has focused on the gathering of writers from Central European countries and beyond, promoting dialogue in an area with a common history but cultural diversity. This edition looks back at the festival’s beginnings in 1986 when Europe was divided by the Iron Curtain and at the steps taken ever since.
In a time when our everyday life has been changed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the programme will combine live and virtual events and remain committed to its core mission to promote literary and personal exchanges and establish contacts between authors and audiences.
On the occasion of the official opening of the Festival, on 8 September, the recipient of the CEI Fellowship for Writers in Residence for 2020, Jasen Vasilev from Bulgaria, will be presented by the CEI Deputy Secretary General, Nina Kodelja.
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