22 April 2016
The event’s format originates from the tradition of night literary readings, launched in Lviv 11 years ago by Yuri Pokalchuk, a famous writer and translator. The action is one of the most popular and crowded events of the Lviv Publishers’ Forum. While a multimedia poetry & music performance, young poets to the accompaniment of Ukrainian DJs from Ternopol SUBPRODUKT formation will present their poems included in the Letters from Ukraine anthology.
The anthology will be published in two editions (Polish and English translations)deliberately for the Wroclaw European Capital of Culture 2016 event. It’s a comprehensive review of the latest Ukrainian poetry, written and published in the turning point of the recent changes in Ukraine. The 30th of November 2013 is defined as a pivotal date – the day when Berkut special police units brutally attacked and dispersed peaceful protesters from Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv. The 30.11 events have caused the dynamic growth and significant expansion of social movements. Thus, the peaceful protest has grown into a really nationwide Revolution of Dignity. The anthology is compiled of poems’ translations by over fifty contemporary Ukrainian poets. The Letters from Ukraine title is a kind of response to the Letters to Ukraine book by Yuri Andrukhovych (full of dreams of free Ukraine letters-poems written from Moscow to the Ukrainian mythical friend).
Scheduled within the Lviv Month project, the Ukrainian Poetry & Music Night NON STOP in Wroclaw will also be included into the general programme while the inauguration of the city of Wroclaw as the UNESCO World Book Capital. In December 2015 Lviv joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and became the fifteenth UNESCO City of Literature.