BIG BOOK FESTIVAL 2020
CZYSTA MIŁOŚĆ # PURE LOVE
28-30 AUGUST
WARSAW, POLAND ⇓

Big Book Festival is Poland’s top innovative festival of reading and arts.
The ultimate international feast for all book lovers.
Join us for three days of exciting events, performances and talks!


The 2020 edition is inspired by the theme of PURE LOVE – the emotion and the relationship which binds authors and readers.
We salute the gentle power of literature.
Literature does not devide and does not hurt. It resembles the truest want of closensess and togetherness, our love of others and nature.
That’s what we are all about in this exceptional year of uncertainity.

Big Book Festival was inaugurated in 2013, it is Poland’s biggest literary celebration run by a small independent NGO – „Kultura nie boli“ Foundation based in Warsaw.
The festival is funded with public and private donations, as well as grants from Polish Ministry of Culture, City of Warsaw and multiple international organisations.

Big Book Festival 2020 program consists of 36 events.
All of them are open to the public, you can participate in person.

Kindly wear a facemask and disinfect your hands at the entrance to every venue.
This year extra measures are compulsory for all the attendees.

The events take place at three locations:
Big Book Cafe, J. Dąbrowskiego 81, Warsaw
Centrum Łowicka, Łowicka 21, Warsaw
Władysław Broniewski Museum, J. Dąbrowskiego 51, Warsaw

All the venues are a short walk away from each other at Warsaw’s legendary Old Mokotów district.

All of festival talks and discussions are streamed live:
Go to bigbookfestival.pl
or youtube.com/bigbookfestival.pl
The talks will be available for viewing after the festival.

Our speciality – unique, one-time-only performances and spectacles – will only be available in Polish and will not be streamed. For those you need to show up!

If you have any questions, please contact us at: fundacja [at] kulturanieboli.pl


ALL THE EVENTS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH ARE LISTED BELOW.
JOIN US AND LET OTHERS KNOW ABOUT THEM! ⇓

SATURDAY, 29.08
12.00

THE LANDSCAPE OF CRIME

JØRN LIER HORST, Norwegian crime fiction writer speaks on how literature makes evil a little bit more barable. And on novels sometimes becoming the last chance to do justice.
Host: Przemysław Poznański

Free entrance
GALERIA
CENTRUM ŁOWICKA, ŁOWICKA 21, WARSAW

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SATURDAY, 29.08
14.00

ON THE BRINK

AUÐUR AVA ÓLAFSDÓTTIR, Icelandic novelist and plawright, talks about discovering true art in the mundane and whether in life – as in literature – a man can get a second chance.
Host: Michał Kukawski

Free entrance
GALERIA
CENTRUM ŁOWICKA, ŁOWICKA 21, WARSAW

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SATURDAY, 29.08
16.00

TWILIGHT OF THE GODS

MATILDA VOSS GUSTAVSSON, Swedish ivestigative reporter and author talks about how she brough the Swedish Academy to its knees by revealing sex assaults and crimes in the most respected cultural institution. The author speaks of #MeToo movement in Sweden, the price of courage and her already notorious book THE CLUB.
Host: Sylwia Chutnik

Free entrance
GALERIA
CENTRUM ŁOWICKA, ŁOWICKA 21, WARSAW

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SATURDAY, 29.08
18.00

THE UNTOUCHABLES

REBECCA MAKKAI, one of America’s prized literary voices, author of THE GREAT BELIEVERS, speaks on how HIV caused an epidemic of stigmatisation and loneliness, about frienships set against tragic events and about the past which never really fades away.
Host: Marta Drożdż

Free entrance
GALERIA
CENTRUM ŁOWICKA, ŁOWICKA 21, WARSAW

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SATURDAY, 29.08
20.00

NOT FOR SALE

CHIGOZIE OBIOMA, Nigerian award-winning novelist, speaks about the timeless power of myths, the global future of his rapidly changing homeland and about the value of spirituality in the age of migrations.
Host: Dariusz Rosiak

Free entrance
GALERIA
CENTRUM ŁOWICKA, ŁOWICKA 21, WARSAW

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SUNDAY, 30.08
12.00

TO BE LOVED

AGNETA PLEIJEL, renowned Swedish poet and novelist, speaks about the illusive art of remebering oneself and whether literature makes it possible to capture the vastness of one‘s life.
Host: Marta Perchuć-Burzyńska

Free entrance
GALERIA
CENTRUM ŁOWICKA, ŁOWICKA 21, WARSAW

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SUNDAY, 30.08.
14.00

OUR DAILY BREAD

Prof. CAROLYN STEEL, world’s leading food visionary and British author, talks on how food can save the world and proves why a shared meal is the best form of economy for our future.
Host: Łukasz Modelski

Free entrance
GALERIA
CENTRUM ŁOWICKA, ŁOWICKA 21, WARSAW

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C IS FOR CONSCIENCE

SIMON STRANGER, Norway‘s bright literary star, speaks on whether words can help to cope with unspeakable evil and on historical thruths which demand new ways of storytelling.
Host: Jan Niebudek

Free entrance
GALERIA
CENTRUM ŁOWICKA, ŁOWICKA 21, WARSAW

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SUNDAY, 30.08
18.00

LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR

DAVID GROSSMAN, world-famous novelist from Israel, speaks on how to communicate with those placed on the other side of the frontline by history. And how to love Others in spite of hateful narratives.
Host: Jarosław Gugała

Free entrance
GALERIA
CENTRUM ŁOWICKA, ŁOWICKA 21, WARSAW

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SUNDAY, 30.08
20.00

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUE

Dr JEN GUNTER, Internet’s resident gynecologist, a respected OB/GYN and a pain medicine physician working and publishing in the US and Canada, talks about all the things you don’t know about women’s body and teaches how to replace biological fake news with actual knowledge.
Host: Magda Mołek

Free entrance
GALERIA
CENTRUM ŁOWICKA, ŁOWICKA 21, WARSAW

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