Kafka Festival 2018

Kafka Festival 2018

05 Mar – 14 Apr 2018
Various venues in Hanoi

From the organizer:

Franz Kafka is the writer born in Prague (now is the capital of Czech Republic) into a German-speaking Jewish family. He wrote mostly in German. In his lifetime, he traveled a lot through many European countries, e.g Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy,… for holiday and to recover from his illnesses. Kafka always observed and contemplated about the life of people in each country he visted. Many of his famous works were inspired and written during these journeys, presenting a vision that was ahead of his time. His legacy is an inestimable treasure that we will always admire.

The Kafka Festival 2018 in Hanoi is co-organized by 5 embassies in Vietnam (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, France and Switzerland) with the participation of Literature Faculty from the University of Social Science and Humanity in Hanoi, and many different cultural organizations. The festival includes activities in different fields such as literature, cinema, art performance, academic conference,… that promise to bring a lot of valuable, trustworthy information about Kafka’s life, works, and his significant influence on posterity.

PROGRAM:

Kafka’s Corner – “Meet up with Kafka”
(in more than 20 different cultural spaces in Hanoi)

Time: 05 Mar – 14 Apr 2018
Venue: East West Cultural Space, Heritage Space, Nha Nam Bookstore, TPD Cinema Development Center, Bluebirds’ Nest cafe, Tranquil Book cafe,…

For more than a month (05 Mar – 14 Apr 2018), readers and lovers of art literature will have the opportunity to re-discover the literary heritage, the unique philosophy that Kafka left behind at more than 20 cultural places in Hanoi. Kafka’s Corners are the cornerstones of exhibiting and introducing information about Kafka’s personal life, literature career and his great works, many of which have been translated into Vietnamese. New research, novels inspired by his life and work will be available. Readers can easily find out more about the festival program or read these books and publications at each Kafka’s Corner. There will also be nice souvenirs and books available at the Corners (with a 20% discount) to better understand Kafka and his great contribution to modern literature.

Kafka – A Journey to Vietnamese readers
(series of three consecutive exhibitions held from 23 Mar to 14 Apr 2018 at Hanoi’s major cultural spaces)

Session 1 • Photography and documentary exhibition: Kafka – A Journey to Vietnamese readers
Opening: 2.30 pm, Sat 24 Mar 2018
Duration: 23 Mar – 01 Apr 2018
Venue: East-West Cultural Space, 99 Nguy Nhu Kon Tum, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi

Session 2 • Photography and documentary exhibition: Kafka – A Journey to Vietnamese readers
Opening: 4.30 pm, Wed 04 Apr 2018
Duration: 03 – 08 Apr 2018
Venue: Heritage Space, Dolphin Plaza, No. 6 Nguyen Hoang, Nam Tu Liem, Hanoi

Session 3 • Photography and documentary exhibition: Kafka – A Journey to Vietnamese readers
Opening: 9 am, Mon 09 Apr 2018
Duration: 09 – 14 Apr 2018
Venue: Hanoi University of Social Sciences and Humanities, 336 Nguyen Trai Street, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi

The exhibition will provide the readers with detailed information about the life and work of Franz Kafka and artworks inspired by the writers’ work. The exhibition comes in 9 large scale panels with texts in Vietnamese and English.

Coffee talks

Franz Kafka – Life and Legacy
Time: 2.30 – 5 pm, Sat 24 Mar 2018
Venue: East West Culture and Language Center, No 99 Ngụy Như Kon Tum Street, Thanh Xuân District, Hanoi

Franz Kafka – More than a name
Time: 3 – 6 pm, Sat 07 Apr 2018
Venue: Heritage Space, Dolphin Plaza, No 6 Nguyễn Hoàng Street, Nam Từ Liêm District, Hanoi

Philosophy in the Art of Franz Kafka
Time: 3 – 6 pm, Fri 13 Apr 2018
Venue: Nhã Nam Book and Coffee, Shop House 10, P6, Times City, Minh Khai Street, Hai Bà Trưng District, Hanoi

Films screenings

Documentary “Who was Kafka?” Switzerland, 2006, 98 min
Time: 2.30 – 5 pm, Sun 25 Mar 2018
Venue: East West Culture and Language Center, No 99 Ngụy Như Kon Tum Street, Thanh Xuân District, Hanoi

Kafkaesque short films – “Joseph Kilian”, Czech Republic, 1963, 38 min and others
Time: 6.30 – 9 pm, Wed 04 Apr 2018
Venue: Heritage Space, Dolphin Plaza, No 6 Nguyễn Hoàng Street, Nam Từ Liêm District, Hanoi

“The Castle”, Germany – Austria 1997, 123 min
Time: 2.30 – 5 pm, Sun 08 Apr 2018
Venue: The Centre for Assistance and Development of Movie Talents, No 51 Trần Hưng Đạo Street, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi
Bluebirds’ Nest Book cafe, No 13 alley 19 Đặng Dung, Hà Nội

“The Trial”, France – Germany – Italy 1962, 119 min
Time: 7.30 – 10 pm, Tue 10 Apr 2018
Venue: L’Espace, No 24 Tràng Tiền Street, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi

Kafka Film Day at Hanoi University of Social Sciences and Humanities
Time: From 9.30 am, Sat 14 Apr 2018
Venue: Room 402, Building I, Hanoi University of Social Sciences and and Humanities, No 336 Nguyễn Trãi Street, Thanh Xuân District, Hanoi

Kafka dances” – Reading and Dancing Performance: Charlotte Spitzer und Ziga Jereb, Austria
Time: 7.30 pm, Fri 06 Apr 2018
Venue: Cultural Exchange Center, 50 Đào Duy Từ Street, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi

Writing contest “Kafka with us”

International Conference “Perception of Kafka in Asia, Particularly in Vietnam”

Time: 9 am, Sat 14 Apr 2018
Venue: Hanoi University of Social Sciences and and Humanities, No 336 Nguyễn Trãi Street, Thanh Xuân District, Hanoi

Free of charge

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