November is a busy month for our CELA artists with no less than two festivals. Next up: Wintertuinfestival in Nijmegen, from 21-25 November! Wintertuinfestival is a literary festival in Nijmegen, taking place every year. This time, the theme of the festival is, roughly translated: What do we hear, when we really listen? and it aims to lay down ground for an open public discussion and new forms of conversation about difficult and urgent public debates.
On Friday 23 November, at 8.30 p.m., Carmien Michels (Belgium) and translator Cătălina Oșlobanu (Romania), Rebekka de Wit (Belgium) and translator Guillermo Briz (Spain), Anna Kalimar (Romania) and translator Jan Willem Bos (Netherlands) will present themselves and their work on stage. CELA-writer Joost Oomen will host the evening.
On Saturday 24 November, four new writer-translator duo's will take the stage and talk with none other than renown writer Abdelkader Benali: Mariana Torres (Spain) and translator Heleen Oomen (Netherlands), Andrei Crăciun (Romania) and Jan Willem Bos (Netherlands), Valério Romão (Portugal) and translator Anne Lopes Michielsen (Netherlands) and Maurizio Amendola (Italy) and Lies Lavrijsen (Netherlands).
Of course there will also be workshops by the CELA artists during the festival. Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., you can join writers Mariana Torres and Andrei Crăciun for a creative writing masterclass. During his workshop, Andrei will talk about the relationship between journalism and literature and the way in which reality can turn into fiction. On Saturday evening, Anne Lopes Michielsen will give a translation workshop in which you can dive into the work of the CELA authors and tackle translation challenges together with her!
Also during Saturday evening, you can visit the unique audiotour ‘I do not live in the house anymore (but the house still lives in me)’ made by the Flemish writer Maud Vanhauwaert and Ibo Ibelings (student Interaction Design, ArtEZ). Roam the dreams of five characters who lost their childhood homes and follow your own route from front door to bedroom.
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CELA (Connecting Emerging Literary Artists) offers a European context to a new generation of writers, translators and literary professionals. Starting in September 2018, the CELA artists take stages all across Europe to sit side by side on stage, revealing the joys, and sorrows, of telling the same story differently. After Wintertuinestival, different duo’s take the stage at Tinto no Branco - Festival Literario (Portugal), Passa Porta Festival (Belgium), Lev - Literature em Viagem (Portugal) and Book Fest (Romania). We are looking forward to meet you there!