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.
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. This year, particularly well represented will be Ukrainian literature. It will be accompanied by contemporary Lithuanian prose, which is a new addition to our publishing series. In 2019, Wschodni Express released six new books: Artem Czech’s “Punkt zerowy”, Natalka Śniadanko’s “Frau Müller nie zamierza płacić więcej”, Wasyl Słapczuk’s “Wieczorne słońce”, Herkus Kunčius’ “Obrazki litewskie”, Ołeh Sencow’s “Żywoty”, and the interview with Jurij Andruchowycz, Ołeksandr Bojczenko and Orest Drul “Worochtarium”.