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bibliotopia 2018 2

A new literature festival will take place in Montricher over the weekend of 4 - 6 May 2018.

Organized by the Jan Michalski Foundation, the festival will feature discussions with writers from all corners of the world, who will take part in a programme of readings, debates, and interviews, with interludes for music by the singer, Noa, and a film screening of She, a Chinese.

The first edition of this festival will focus on literature “beyond borders”, and will explore the issues of displacement, both by choice and necessity, and of geographical uprooting, whether emotional, linguistic or intellectual. It will look at questions such as:

  • How are identities, both personal and political, transformed and shaped by
    exile?
  • Is literature stateless and transnational?
  • Is language our haven or our memory?
  • What kind of international encounters are negotiated through fiction? How does migrant literature reinvent and question societies?

The eleven writers who will take part in the first edition of this festival are:

  • Tahmima Anam
  • Tahar Ben Jelloun
  • György Dragomán
  • Petina Gappah
  • Xiaolu Guo
  • Yasmina Khadra
  • Gazmend Kapllani
  • Cécile Ladjali
  • Linda Lê
  • Katja Petrowskaja
  • Vladimir Vertlib

Vera Michalski, President of the Foundation, told knowitall.ch, "When cultures mix, challenge, feed and mutually enrich each other, literary testimonies and poetic imagination become necessary ingredients for creating our common future. We invite participants to listen to these voices and stories from elsewhere, follow nomadic routes, and take part in inspiring conversations from around the world..."

bibliotopia 2018

A packed agenda of events in English, French and German

Click on the links below for more information on the daily programme, which will feature events in English, French and German:

Many of the debates will be conducted in English and will, in these cases, be moderated by:

  • Matthew Wake
  • Edward Girardet
  • Michelle Bailat-Jones

Children's Workshops

Workshops will be organized for children aged from 7 to 10 years old during the morning sessions so that particpants can attend the festival events without distraction from their younger ones!

Organized in collaboration with sept.info, the Swiss website of slow journalism, the workshops will take place on:

  • Saturday, 5th May from 11h to 12h30
  • Sunday, 6th May from 11h to 12h30

These workshops are offered free of charge with the Bibliotopia Day Pass and should be reserved by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and specifying the chosen day.

Rates and reservations

INAUGURAL EVENING OF FRIDAY, 4TH MAY
Single price of CHF 10.–
On reservation at:vendredi-bibliotopia@fondati on-janmichalski.ch

SATURDAY, 5TH MAY
Day Pass CHF 20.– (full price)
CHF 10.– (retired, unemployed, AI and under 30)
Free for children
On reservation at:samedi-bibliotopia@fondati on-janmichalski.ch

SUNDAY, 6TH MAY
Day Pass CHF 20.– (full price)
CHF 10.– (retired, unemployed, AI and under 30)
Free for children
On reservation at:dimanche-bibliotopia@fondati on-janmichalski.ch

Access to all the day events, entrance to the exhibition and bus shuttles from Apples Station are included in the Day Pass.

BIBLIOTOPIA
The Jan Michalski Foundation
En Bois Désert 10
1147 Montricher
Switzerland
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021 864 01 51
http://www.fondation-janmichalski.com/en/agenda/bibliotopia-week-end-des-litteratures-autour-du-monde/