International Literary Festival Erich Fried Days 2022
March 30 to April 3, 2022
The motto of the upcoming International Literary Festival Erich Fried is Words of Alliance and Words of Defiance : Advocacy and Objections – hence the focus will be on contemporary literature that engages with the world around us in one way or another.
Programme - Day 1
March 30, 2022
Opening Ceremony: • Veronica Kaup-Hasler (Executive City Councillor for Cultural Affairs and Science)
Introduction of the festival program and Herta Müller: • Anne Zauner (festival director)
Keynote: • Herta Müller: Vor der Tür saß mal der Zufall (Chance once sat at my door)
Programme - Day 2
March 31, 2022
The programme of Day 2 continues with the (fourth) award ceremony of the nationwide literary competition for Austrian pre-university level students.
British-Ghanaian author • Caleb Azumah Nelson presents his celebrated debut novel Open Water. The programme continues with the introduction of Herscht 07769, the new novel by Hungarian writer • László Krasznahorkai who e. g. was the recipient of the Man Booker International Prize in 2015.
Programme - Day 3
April 1, 2022
Poetry is at the centre in the afternoon of Day 3: curator • Max Czollek has invited 4 poets – • Ricardo Domeneck (Brazil), • Barbara Juch (Austria), • Adi Keissar (Israel) and • Ronya Othmann (Germany) – to showcase their work.
In the evening Belarussian writer in exile • Sasha Filipenko presents his new novel Die Jagd (The hunt) followed by US-American writer • Phil Klay who introduces the festival audience to his highly acclaimed novel Missionaries .
The evening programme ends with a concert by Austrian singer-songwriter • Ernst Molden.
Programme - Day 4
April 2, 2022
The programme on Day 4 offers two book and two graphic novel presentations: Comic artists • Jennifer Daniel from Germany as well as Eisner- and Ignatz-award winner • Nate Powell (USA) present their new artwork.
Famous Mexican screenplay (Amores Perros, 21 Gramm, Babel) and novel writer• Guillermo Arriaga offers insights into the injustices of Mexican society in his novel Save the Fire.