The Institute for Democracy, Media and Culture (IDMC) and Allianz Kulturstiftung Berlin, in cooperation with the Albanian Ministry of Culture organized for the 3rd time the Tirana International Literature Festival- TILF 2017 on 26-28 October 2017.
TILF2017 motto was "Literature on the Move". This motto aimed at giving authors the opportunity to confess their literary and geographical journey: Literature on the Move, Mobility Challenges, Migration, Travel and Arrival.
TILF2017 also aimed to open a dialogue with the public regarding these themes, as well as those human fates, which in the last 27 years have experienced an internal and external drive, demographic movements, and migration.
On 26 October the activity was opened with remarks from Festival’s Director, Jonila Godole who emphasized the importance of culture exchange. In addition, authors Karl – Markus Gauß (Austria), Daniela Danz (Germany), Andrea Grill (Austria), Nikola Madzirov (Macedonia), Rudi Erebara (Albania), and Entela Tabaku Sörman (Sweden, Albania) discussed together as member of a panel moderated by Beti Njuma, TV-journalist. They shared their own experience as well as perspectives and perceptions coming from various European countries regarding motions, literature, migration and cultural exchange. Latter in the evening the Albanian writer Rudi Erebara, Winner of the European Literature Prize 2017, read for the public and discussed literature and past with literature professor Lili Sula.
On 27 October TILF2017 started with a lyrical morning featuring authors Andrea Grill and Entela Tabaku from Albania. The session was moderated by poet and translator Parid Teferiçi. Both authors read their poems and discussed about lyrics, motion, language and translation. The morning session continued with readings from Nikola Mazdirov, moderated by poet and translator Gentian Çoçoli. Another reading in this session was with Albanian novelist Thanas Medi winner of the most important Albanian literary prize.
A side event was organized in cooperation with Faculty of Foreign Languages, University of Tirana in which author Muriel Barbery (France) read and discussed with students of French language.
The afternoon session started with German poet Daniela Danz who dialogued with moderator Jonila Godole about the political essence of her poetry and the impact of different day issues in her work. The session continued with readings from Karl-Markus Gauß who together with literary critic Agim Baçi discussed about “small” cultures and their importance. The session was finalized with readings from Muriel Barbery who discussed among others with professor Saverina Pasho regarding impact of art in everyday life and how various cultures get well along together.
On 28 October the morning session included readings from well-known German authors for adolescents,
Jürgen Banscherus who discussed with Albanian publisher and author Rita Petro and moderator Mimoza Hysa about the importance of literature for teenagers.
In the afternoon the screening of the movie Anija (The Boat) took place with special participation of its director, Roland Sejko and afterwards the discussion with moderator Ilir Butka about the importance of history and how to address it in particular to young public.
More than 500 people participated during Festival sessions. The Festival also had a good impact in media with wide coverage in TV, online and print media in Albania and Kosovo (please find the links here).
Authors invited during the Festival: Muriel Barbery (France); Karl – Markus Gauß (Austria); Daniela Danz (Germany); Andrea Grill (Austria); Jürgen Banscherus (Germany); Nikola Madzirov (Macedonia); Roland Sejko (Italy/ Albania; Rudi Erebara (Albania); Entela Tabaku Sörman (Sweden/ Albania); Thanas Medi (Greece/ Albania)