BIG BOOK FESTIVAL
Big Book Festival is Poland’s top innovative festival of reading and arts, 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, e.g. workshops, public readings, discussions, performances, city games, urban tours, spectacles etc. It merges literature, ideas, people, architecture and technology. Many of the festival talks and debates are available online.
We started off in 2013 and now we are Central Europe’s most important and most exciting book festival as well as a member of EFFE – Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe prestigious platform connecting most progressive events in 30 countries. We take great efforts to create unique events, using multimedia, special scenography and urban spaces. Every year Big Book Festival takes place in surprising spaces like old factories, railway stations, busy public crossings, parks, etc. Our aim is to built excitement for both authors and readers.
So far we’ve had the joy of welcoming great authors and international literary stars including Zadie Smith, Svetlana Alexievich, Annie Proulx, Vivian Gornick, Sigrid Nunez, Kate Brown, Karl Ove Knausgård, Hanif Kureishi, Boris Akunin, Antonio Muñoz Molina, David Grossman, Alessandro Baricco, Stefan Hertmans, Andrés Barba, Jeet Thayil, Ed Vulliamy, Elias Khoury, Chigozie Obioma. Since 2013 we hosted meetings with eminent writers from 50 countries and hundreds of Polish authors.
All festival talks and debates are free of charge. We carry strong social profile and we focus on facilitating open discussion and exchange of thoughts. Big Book Festival is a non-profit event organized by an independent NGO – „Kultura nie boli“ Foundation based in Warsaw, a small group of people with experience and bold ideas. The festival is funded with public and private donations, as well as grants from Polish Ministry of Culture, City of Warsaw and multiple international organizations.