Dear visitors and friends of the Stari Grad Museum,
we are pleased to announce that Stari Grad Museum will host part of the 20th edition of the European Short Story Festival!
We invite you to the reading of Open Air Stories on Thursday, June 10 at 20.30h in the garden of the Stari Grad Museum (Biankini Palace). The program involves writers who, with joint awards and recognitions, poetry, stories and novels, could fill the room, even with epidemiologic restrictions lifted. In the home of the great island poets, we conclude the voyage of the first twenty years with conversation, humour, occasional anecdotes and readings. We feel safe because the crew is experienced, each of them is a captain, pilot and helmsman. Relax and enjoy with Renato Baretić, Andrej Blatnik, Miroslav Mićanović and Jurica Pavičić – stories that take us on a journey and certainly bring us home.
The 20th European Short Story Festival will be held from 6th to 11th June online and live in Zagreb, Vis and on island Hvar on the topic of Islands and will be, as announced, an attempt to find literary and human answers to the questions of fragmentation posed by the current moment.
The island programmes also include conversations and readings with children and youth in libraries and schools, and all readings will be available on ESSF’s YouTube channel.
European Short Story Festival was launched in 2002 and is one of the first festivals in Europe dedicated to this literary form. To date, over 150 writers from 15 European countries have been guests at ESSF. The festival was hosted by six Croatian cities. As part of the festival, 15 anthologies of European short stories were published and presented, along with at least as many books by festival guests. The festival is also the organizer of seven translation workshops from contemporary European literature, the winners of which, in cooperation with international partners, are awarded by study visits to Poland, Italy, Ireland, Sweden and Spain.
The 20th ESSF is organised by the Croatian Writers’ Association, and was realised in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Media, the City of Zagreb, the City of Hvar, the City of Komiža, the Komiža Tourist Board, the Stari Grad Tourist Board, the Platforma Association, Traduki and all great cultural spaces where ESSF takes place – Kino Tuškanac, Booksa, Fraktura, Vintage Industrial Bar, Veneranda, Cultural Center Ivan Vitić and Stari Grad Museum.
We look forward to your visit!