Big Book Festival is an international celebration of books and arts.

Our 2023 edition focuses on friendship and opening up to others.

Our festival takes place on 23rd-25th June 2023 in Warsaw, Poland.

Our foreign guests are:
Felicia Berliner (USA), Jessie Burton (UK) and Monika Helfer (Austria).

Among our Polish guests:
Sylwia Chutnik, Mikołaj Grynberg, Agata Romaniuk, Krzysztof Varga, Maria Peszek, Łukasz Orbitowski, Grzegorz Uzdański, Michał Zadara.

Polish authors will improvise on stage, participate in discussion on radicalization, serve as baristas and cashiers. We’ll join artistic performance by Izabela Chamczyk, listen to Wit Szostak’s personal lecture on solitude and enjoy autobiographic quotes by Tina Turner. Buslav will mix a soundtrack inspired by Sally Rooney’s novels.

Big Book Festival is happy to entertain you, move you to tears and engage you in surprising interactions!

All events are free and open to public.

Join us at Big Book Café MDM
34/50 Koszykowa St.
Warsaw, Poland

Big Book Festival takes great efforts to create unique and innovative events, using multimedia, scenography and urban spaces.
We put literature on stage, adapt it for performances and spectacles. Our aim is to build excitement for both authors and readers.

Throughout the last decade we’ve had the joy of welcoming great authors from 40 countries, among many greats: Zadie Smith, Svetlana Alexievich, Annie Proulx, Hanif Kureishi, Karl Ove Knausgård, David Grossman, Elias Khoury, Boris Akunin. Since 2013 we hosted meetings with dozens of both established and upcoming authors.

Big Book Festival is an innovative urban event taking place yearly on a summer weekend in Warsaw. It engages authors, experts, artists and thousands of readers in various activities, such as public readings, discussions, performances, city games, urban tours, spectacles.

We merge literature, ideas, technology, people and architecture with social life. We’ve used surprising spaces (old factories, railway stations, busy public crossings etc.), our public is urban and mostly young. From this year on we are be based in a freshly established Big Book Café MDM – a new major centre for literature. We now run this venue in a heritage building in downtown Warsaw at 34/50 Koszykowa St.

Big Book Festival is an independent, non-profit event organized by “Kultura nie boli” Foundation, which started off in 2013 and soon joined Central Europe’s most important and most exciting book organizations.

All our events are free of charge for participants. We carry strong social profile and we focus on facilitating open discussion and exchange of thoughts.