We are what is reflected on our retina. Our towns and cities grow through us. Our habitats become facts of our biographies – and our inner world, too. This is the way culture functions in general. And literature as well.
Thinking of the conceptual frame of the literary stage, it seems reasonable – and even necessary – to amplify and deepen the theme of the whole festival: "The City of Masters". Because not only people sculpt faces and create the spirit of a certain city – the city, in its turn, also influences its artists and creators in an utterly intense way. Moreover, it often happens, that exactly the city, its atmosphere and a special composition of the cultural and historical air, its character start writing through their authors. They begin to stand out between the words and directly in the text, generating the "city text" as a phenomenon.
Perhaps, in a similar way genius loci – or "the spirit of the place" – brings the artistic genius to life: the artists, imbued with the city, the ones embodying the essence of the territory, which has given birth to them, in their artistic practices in the most precise and powerful way.
This is exactly what we would like to talk about: in dialogues with writers and intellectuals, publishers and translators, in fervent discussions and intense public interviews. Not forgetting of poetry readings as well. We would like to speak on how cities and places mold their artists who, in turn, glorify them – reflecting and mirroring them in their books.
And culture lives on, and literature is created, and nothing disappears without a trace. The trace of history, the trace of the City.