6th Miroslav Krleža Festival: “For Ever Without a Homeland – Love and Politics”
This year’s Miroslav Krleža Festival, an annual cultural festival commemorating undoubtedly the greatest Croatian writer of the 20th century, will be held from 1 to 7 July at the Miroslav and Bela Krleža Memorial Centre in Zagreb. For Ever Without a Homeland – Love and Politics, the theme of the 2017, sixth Festival, will be dedicated to travel through time and space delineated by Aretheus and other Krleža’s characters.
The Festival will open with the staging of Krleža’s In Agony (U agoniji) by the Belgrade director Ana Đorđević and its programme will include a restaging of Six Characters in Search of Ana Borongay (Šest lica Ane Borongay), a play by Natalija Manojlović premiered at the last year’s Festival.
The festival visitors will also be able to see the premiere of Krleža’s Aretheus (Aretej), jointly put on by Goran Matović, Morana Foretić and Luca Cortina, as well as another two plays – Bobočka, directed by Ivan Leo Lemo, and Doviđenja na ne-bu – Razgovori s Krležom, based on Conversation with Krleža: Talks Collected by P. Matvejević and directed by Ivan Planinić. The programme of the Festival’s closing day will include the performance of Krleža’s Ballads of Petrica Kerempuh (Balade Petrice Kerempuha) staged by Veno Mušinović and the Mokre gljive musical ensemble.
For the first time, the Festival will include the presentation of two acting awards, both designed by academic painter and jewellery designer Diana Sokolić – Krleža’s Cane (Krležin štap), for best actor, and Bela’s Beads (Belina ogrlica), for best actress, which will be awarded for best performances given as part of the Festival’s programme.
Other of the many Festival’s events will include Garden Talks (Razgovori u Krležinom vrtu), whose participants will debate a book by Predrag Brebanović on Krleža as the leading avant-garde writer, both of Croatia and former Yugoslavia (Avangarda krležiana – Pismo ne o avangardi), as well as The Return of Miroslav Krleža (Povratak Miroslava Krleže, edited by Tomislav Brlek), proceedings of the 2012 Krleža Today (Krleža danas) scientific symposium. Krležin EU/ropski furiosum, a miscellaneous collection of writings on Krleža and his work, will also be presented.
The programme will also include the presentation of the reprint of Pan as a way of marking the centennial of the publication of this poetry collection by Krleža, and two exhibitions.
Apart from Krleža/Babić, the Festival’s exhibition scheduled to take place at the Josip Račić Studio of the Zagreb Modern Gallery, the Festival’s second exhibition will be held at the National and University Library in Zagreb. Aretheus, or History As an Old Witch: The Eternal Recurrence of the Same (Aretej ili povijest kao baba vračara – vječno vraćanje istog…) will open on Wednesday, 5 July 2017 in the Library’s side lobby, featuring valuable Krleža’s writings, personal correspondence, documents and major works preserved as part of the Library’s Manuscripts and Old Books Collection, such as Aretheus (Aretej), Pan, Ballads of Petrica Kerempuh (Balade Petrice Kerempuha), The Return of Filip Latinovicz (Povratak Filipa Latinovicza), In Agony (U agoniji), The Banners (Zastave), Conversation with Krleža: Talks Collected by P. Matvejević (Razgovori s Krležom autora Predraga Matvejevića), and others.