Wschodni Express – a series of panels
Wschodni Express (Eastern Express) is a series of meetings, panels and debates with writers, artists and intellectuals from Eastern Europe and a publication series connected with East of Culture – Different Sounds, printed by Workshops of Culture in Lublin.
Wschodni Express is a series of meetings, panels and debates with writers, artists and intellectuals from Eastern Europe and a publication series connected with East of Culture – Different Sounds, printed by Workshops of Culture in Lublin.
One of the major obstacles in developing intercultural cooperation and overcoming stereotypes about the cultures of Eastern European countries is language barrier. While it is not a significant threat to other fields of cultural practices (music, visual arts), it does have a major influence on the reception of literature and broadly defined exchange of ideas. In this context, it is therefore of particular importance to ensure a good flow of the current thought, writing and literature translated into national languages. Such a function is fulfilled by the series “Wschodni Express” established at Workshops of Culture. For the last several years, it has been introducing to Poland the most current prose and poetry from the Eastern Partnership countries.
The name refers to the famous Paris-Constantinople train that in its heyday crossed nearly entire Europe and also to such literary projects as Literature Express Europe 2000, as well as the Ukrainian periodical Potysah 76 – “Pociąg 76” (Train 76) dedicated to the Central-East European culture. As the name indicates, the series Wschodni Express aims at introducing Polish readers to the latest literary texts from Poland’s eastern neighbours, addressing the issues most relevant to the societies of Eastern Europe. This mission stems from Lublin’s location near the eastern border of the European Union and is a logical continuation of the long-established activity of Lublin’s literary and publishing communities in familiarising Polish readers with the culture of its eastern neighbours; Wydawnictwo Literackie, the quarterly “Akcent”, the quarterly “Kresy”, Kultura enter” magazine. This year, particularly well represented will be Ukrainian literature. It will be accompanied by Belarusian an Latvian poetry, which is a new addition to our publishing series. In 2020, Wschodni Express released five new books: Artem Czech’s “Dzielnica D”, Mark Liwin “Riki i drogi”, Siarhiej Pryłucki “Patriotyzm dla opornych”, the anthology of Latvian poetry “Wszystkie ptaki, co we mnie” and Ołeh Sencow’s “Marketer”.