The Prague Microfestival is an underground literary festival, bringing the best of the world’s experimental poetry and fiction to a Czech audience. From Friday 13 May to Sunday 15 May, fans of indie lit can experience a unique line-up of writers from Czechia, Ireland, Slovenia, Australia, France, Britain, Austria, Germany and more in Prague’s coolest underground venue, Vzorkovna, a block from the National Theatre on Národní třída. Friday night kicks off with the best in translocal fiction, Saturday showcases contemporary Slovenian poetry and Sunday features international performance art and experimental poetry.
The three-day event begins at 18:30 daily with film screenings, courtesy of FAMU and Prague Film School, followed by author readings at 19:00 and live music from 22:00 continuing all night. *All readings will be bilingual (English/Czech; Slovenian/English/Czech).
“I’m incredibly excited about this unique event, which allows Czech art fans to enjoy a truly international line-up at Prague's very own Vzorkovna,” says Jaromír Lelek, Prague Microfestival’s director.
The eighth edition of the Prague Microfestival will also showcase a selection of new independent short films, visual arts, dance performances and more. The entirety of Vzorkovna, itself a cross-between a club, gallery, restaurant and labyrinth, will be filled with interactive bodypainting stalls, graffiti art, workshops, music and theatre improvisation, and a unique range of bookstalls offering hard-to-find indie book and magazine publications, and the latest titles from Literaria Pragensia, Equus Press, VLAK, and many others.
The festival is organised by Spolek pro Prahu literární - Literary Prague Association.
Prague Microfestival 2016
13 – 15 May
Vzorkovna, Narodni 11, Prague 1 – 110 00
Directors: Jaromír Lelek, David Vichnar, Aljaž Koprivnikar
Graphic Design: Margaréta Fehér
Web: Andrej Sýkora
Copywriting: Lucia Szemetová
Visual Artist: Elina Osipova
Trailer: The Slunk Films (Ozcar Burfitt, Lauri Saksa, Alessio Medas)
Video Art Curator: Ewelina Chiu
Volunteer Coordinator: Aren Ock
Friday 13 May will introduce an elite selection of the best translocal prose and poetry authored by Anglophone writers resident in Prague. Mixing elements of their respective native cultures - US, British, Australian - with a Czech touch, they create an extraordinary “translocal cocktail”, represented here by Phil Shoenfelt, Thor García, Markéta Baňková, Lou Rowan, Louis Armand, Ken Nash and Holly Tavel.
Saturday 14 May will have a distinctly Slovenian flavour. In association with the Slovenian Embassy and the Department of South Slavonic and Balkan Studies, we have chosen the top of the current Slovenian avantgarde arts. The audience will see and hear Katja Gorečan, Andej Hočevar, Gregor Podlogar, Boris A. Novak and Alenka Jensterle Doležal. Also performing will be comparative literature students from the University of Ljubljana.
Sunday 15 May focuses on experimental poetry and performance art from all over the world, introducing Mark Hoefler, Mark O’Leary, Sarah Hayden, Sean Bonney, Vincent Farnsworth and Sophie Malleret.