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Weekend in Warsaw: Big Book Festival
Some hundred prominent guests are expected at more than sixty events this weekend in Warsaw during the Big Book Festival 15-16 June, a celebration for book lovers aiming to promote readership, and connect literature with social life.

This year many festival events will be celebrating the works of Polish writer Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz.

Iwaszkiewicz was a poet, essayist, dramatist and writer, a long-term president of the Polish Writers’ Union. He co-founded the famous Skamander, a group of experimental Polish poets that redefined modern Polish poetry of the interwar period.

For Saturday the festival organizers planned a six-hour reading marathon during which 19 famous Polish artists, journalists and politicians will read some of the most important of Iwaszkiewicz’s works. The marathon will open with Andrzej Wajda, the director and Academy Award winner, reading his personal correspondence with the author.

Some other readers include: a well-known TV presenter Krystyna Czubówna, a former Minister of Economy Grzegorz Kołodko, and an experimental musician Tymon Tymański.

On Sunday the audience will be invited to attend the „Literary retro-picnic” in Stawisko, a former residence of Anna and Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz. Visitors will be able to take part in open-air games like the ones once played by Iwaszkiewicz’s guests and taste specialties typical for the 30s cuisine;they are also encouraged to wear outfits inspired by the interwar period.

“For two days the past will connect with the future, and the old-fashioned values with modernity. Many meetings, workshops, talks, and games will let us try the old-style progressiveness, and the festival will try to convince us that being modern does not necessarily mean pushing forward at all costs”, say the organizers about the idea behind the festival.