Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Polish poet Czelaw Milosz
Oct 2011 - The year 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Czeslaw Milosz, a great Polish writer and poet, awarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature. In celebration of ‘Czeslaw Milosz Year’, as it is referred to in Poland, rich cultural program consisting of new books publications, conferences, discussions, and exhibitions devoted to the poet has been prepared
The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Singapore would also like to commemorate the memory of this exceptional artist by inviting Singaporean young artists and poets to read Milosz’s poetry. The reading will be accompanied by a small musical performance and followed by the screening of ‘Valley of the Issa’, a film based on Milosz’s nostalgic novel about poets childhood in Lithuania.
There is a background to Polish Embassy working with us. Since 2006, they have done up to at least 5 events with us
They asked if we are keen to work with them on Milosz’s anniversary and of course the answer is yes. it so happened to fall within the SWF period and SWF was ok to have it as part of SWF
There is not the first time that a Polish writer’s centenary has been celebrated as part of SWF. In 2007, SWF (when it was co-organised by NAC and TAH) worked with the Polish Embassy in putting up an event on the 100th anniversary of the writer Joseph Conrad as part of SWF – we had an exhibition of Conrad, a panel discussion + film screening of a film based on a Conrad book as part of SWF 2007
Poetry evening accompanied by a film screening The idea to organize an event around Czeslaw Milosz originates in the fact that the year 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the poet and in Poland it is referre to as “Czeslaw Milosz Year”. Therefore, our Embassy would like to commemorate the memory of this exceptional writer and poet by organizing a poetry (cozy) event. Ideally, the Embassy would like to invite young Singaporeans --‐ literature students, aspiring writers and poets as well as actors and literature lovers to read Milosz’s poetry.
The film we are planning to show is ‘Valley of the Issa’ based on Milosz’s book of the same title,
Which is both, a nostalgic memoir of the poet’s childhood in Lithuania and a reflection on the
Political situation at the time.
For more information, please visit http://www.theartshouse.com.sg/event_details_2011.php?id=209 orwww.milosz365.eu.
The Arts House
Ms Kirstie Wong
Executive, Marketing and Communications
The Arts House (managed by The Old Parliament House Limited)
Tel: (65) 6332 6903
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