One of the most interesting and cultural events in Cracow during Autumn is Conrad Festival. This festival is dedicated to literature, not only connected to Polish authors, but also writers from many other countries. Every year you can meet many famous writers from different countries and listen to their opinions about literature, books, writing and many other issues.
Everyone, who is at least a bit interested in literature, should attend in the events. Each year it accompanies the Cracow
Book Fair, another big even for every book lover. The concept of the
Conrad Festival is based on two principles. Each day of the festival is
devoted to a separate phenomenon related to literature. The culmination
of each day is a meeting with a foreign writer as well as many related
On the seventh edition of the Conrad Festival in 2015, the Conrad
Award (whose monetary worth is 30,000 zł) will be given. This prize will
be awarded for debut books published in the previous year in Poland by
up-and-coming writers. The city of Krakow is the main sponsor, in
partnership with the Book Institute, Tygodnik Powszechny Foundation and Krakow Festival Office. Nominations for this award are put forward by readers and publishing houses.
You can find here more about festival program, the guest, topics and places. Festival starts 19th October and will finishes 25th October.
So far, the guest who attended on the festival were: recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature Herta Müller and Orhan Pamuk, Marjane Satrapi, Amos Oz, Rabih Alameddine, Claude Lanzmann, Yurii Andrukhovych, David Grossman, Paul Auster, László Krasznahorkai, Alberto Manguel, Boris Akunin, Alain Mabanckou, Dubravka Ugrešić, Magdalena Tulli, Andrzej Stasiuk, Jerzy Pilch and Olga Tokarczuk.