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June 24 | 8:00 pmHistories of War and Peace: seven personal stories
June 24, 2023

Opening of the interactive installation "Shelters". Reading in Motion with Elena Telbis


24 June 2023 | 7:30 pm

Lobby of Sfumato Theatre and Underground Hall

➠ Reading in Motion with Elena Telbis

Visual Environment: Boryana Zafirova
Sound Environment: Ekaterina Minkova

Opening: Lobby of Sfumato Theatre, June 24-th, 19:30

The installation "Shelters" will be open and accessible in the Underground Hall:
June 24 - 19:30 - 22:00
June 25 - 17:00 - 21:00

The event includes texts by Serhiy Zhadan, Dubravka Ugrešić, William Wharton, Vasily Grossman, Adam Zagajewski, Erich Maria Remarque and others.

The war is a topic of many literary works and exactly the literary texts will lead us to the first event of the Literary Talks' summer programme - the interactive installation "Shelters", which will be located in the Underground Hall for two days. The audience will be invited to a place where are exhibited all possessions that sustain personal peace in the face of emergency - items we keep to remember our sanity. Shelters can be a hiding place, a safe space, but they are also the spot where an unpredictable and violent event like war can throw us. Each person from the audience will have the opportunity to join in by leaving their own list of those belongings-shelters and safe hideouts. These sharings will not simulate the state of war, but exactly the opposite - they will be an attempt to see the material items that keep the peace. The opening of "Shelters" will begin on June 24, at 7:30 pm, from the Lobby of Sfumato Theatre, right after the performance "Time Loving" based on the novel by Georgi Gospodinov - "Time Shelter", which the director Vasilena Radeva is making together with students from the Theatre Department of New Bulgarian University. At 6:00 pm that play will start the "Small Season" at the Sfumato Theatre.
Literary Talks Summer 2023 is held with the financial support of the National Culture Fund, "Program for the Recovery and Development of Private Cultural Organizations"; Sofia Municipality and the Ministry of Culture.
Literary Talks are organized by the Reading Sofia Foundation. They are realized with the partnership of Sfumato Theater.