On 15 May 2019 in Varna we will experience yet another incredible European Literary Night holding readings of literary texts written by some of the most awarded and outstanding new authors in Europe and presented by actors, journalists and translators.
Interesting urban spaces throughout Europe, including venues in 11 Bulgarian cities, will host readings of literary texts selected by the embassies and cultural institutes of EU member states, choosing among famous new authors representative of their national literatures and translated into Bulgarian.
In Varna, every year we present these culturally significant literary works by reading the selected excerpts in Bulgarian as well as in their original language. In 2019 we also continue another tradition of the local edition by inviting a Bulgarian auhtor to join the readings with an excerpt from their most recent work. Our selected author this year is Bulgarian literary writer and journalist Ms Dimana Trankova who will read from her latest novel „Празната пещера“ (‘The Empty Cave’), 2017. Alongside the reading in the Night, we will introduce Dimana Trankova to highschool audiences to discuss topics of literature, writing, journalism and social issues with the students, and will hold a talk open to the public.
in the Night include Varna Drama Theatre actors Stoyan Radev, Daniela Viktorova, Gergana Arnaudova, Ivailo Ivanov, Konstantin Sokolov, Nencho Kostov, Tsvetina Petrova, State Puppet Theatre actors Maria Tomova and Teodor Hristov, Studio Theatre young actors Eli Pencheva, Viktoria Ivanova, Simona Roeva and Tatyana Mariyanova. The actors will be joined by readers Vesselina Bozhinova, editor-in-chief at Bulgarian National Radio / Varna, and Yulia Petkova, translator and representative at Colibri Books publishing.
European Literature Night in Varna is organised by Varna Municipality and Amorpha Youth Foundation in partnership with the reading venues, the French Institute in Varna Centre Francophone de Varna and the Honorary Consulate of Italy in Varna Consolato Onorario d’Italia a Varna.
THE READING VENUES ⚓️
The readings will be hosted by 8 venues located in the city centre:
⚓️ Varna Drama Theatre, Filial Stage (City Clock Building)
⚓️ Varna Regional Library
⚓️ Varna State Puppet Theatre
⚓️ Catch-22 Bookshop
⚓️ Contemporary Space Gallery & Cafe
⚓️ The Center World Urban dance school
⚓️ Corsi di cucina. Corsi di Pasta Italian Restaurant
⚓️ Bar BRAND
AGENDA AND TEXTS
Take a tour around the 8 reading venues to hear the selected literary excerpts. Each venue hosts one national literature and its representative text read every 30 minutes between 18:00 and 22:00 h.
Official Opening of European Literature Night 2019: 17:00 h at Varna Drama Theatre, Filial Stage (City Clock Building)
Closing and After Party: 22:00 h at Bar Brand
∵ BULGARIA ∵ Meet the Author
Dimana Trankova, „Празната пещера“ (‘The Empty Cave’). Edited by Miglena Nikolchina. Published by Janet 45, 2017.
Readers: Book author Dimana Trankova and Vesselina Bozhinova, editor-in-chief at Bulgarian National Radio / Varna
Reading venue: Catch-22 Bookshop
∵ UNITED KINGDOM ∵
Marcus Sedgwick, ‘White Crow’. Translated by Mariana Hristova. Published by Enthusiast, 2012.
Readers: BG actresses Tsvetina Petrova and Gergana Arnaudova of Varna Drama Theatre. EN Sarah Belabbes, UK.
Reading venue: Contemporary Space Gallery & Cafe
∵ GERMANY ∵
Benedict Wells, ‘Vom Ende der Einsamkeit’. Translated by Velichka Stefanova. Published by Colibri Books, 2018.
Readers: BG actors Konstantin Sokolov and Nencho Kostov of Varna Drama Theatre.
Reading venue: The Center World Urban dance school
∵ ITALY ∵ An Italian love story at the Island of Capri read at the local Italian restaurant
Cristina Cassar Scalia, ‘La seconda estate’. Translated by Natasha Velichkova-Petrova. Published by Iztok-Zapad, 2018.
Readers: BG Actresses Eleonor Koleva, Simona Roeva, Tatyana Mariyanova of Studio Theatre. IT Antonio Tarquinio, Honorary Consul of Italy in Varna
Reading venue: Corsi di cucina. Corsi di Pasta Italian Restaurant
∵ PORTUGAL ∵ Autobiographical short story about childhood in Angola
Dulce Maria Cardoso, ‘Tudo São Histórias de Amor’. Translated by Darinka Kircheva. Published by ERGO, 2019.
Readers: Actor Ivaylo Ivanov of Varna Drama Theatre and Eli Pencheva of Studio Theatre
Reading venue: Bar BRAND
∵ ROMANIA ∵ Theatre play read on stage
Matei Vişniec, ‘Păianjenul în rană’ (theatre plays). Translated by Lora Nenkovska, Ivan Radev. Published by Panorama, 2012.
Readers: Actors Daniela Viktorova and Stoyan Radev of Varna Drama Theatre
Reading venue: Varna Drama Theatre, Filial Stage (City Clock Building)
∵ HUNGARY ∵ Suitable for children and adults
Tamás Ijjas, János Lackfi, ‘A világ legrövidebb meséi’. Illustrations: Jacqueline Molnár. Translated by Adriana Petkova. Published by Riva Publishers, 2017.
Readers: Actors Maria Tomova and Teodor Hristov of Varna State Puppet Theatre
Reading venue: Varna State Puppet Theatre
∵ FRANCE ∵
Gaëlle Josse, ‘Le dernier gardien d’Ellis Island’. Translated by Krasimir Petrov. Published by Colibri Books, 2018.
Readers: BG Yulia Petkova, translator at Colibri Books. FR Eric Perrotel, Cooperation Attaché for French Language at the representation of the French Institute in Varna.
Reading venue: Varna Regional Library
Literature Night 2019 in Bulgaria is organised by the embassies of European Union Member States and the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) in Bulgaria in partnership with Detski Knigi Foundation.