The Conrad Festival is a large-scale project by the City of Krakow, “Tygodnik Powszechny” foundation, Krakow Festival Office and a number of institutions and supporters.
Why Joseph Conrad?
The Conrad Festival is not devoted to the creative works of Joseph Conrad! The author of Heart of Darkness lends his name as patron of the World Literature Feast. It has to be said that not many Polish writers have so far achieved such widespread international success while creating in a foreign language. The son of a Polish writer, Apollo Korzeniowski, chose the English language as his own and gained fame for his original style and as a witness to his period in history. As he professed, he could write in English and no other, as it was his sea experiences aboard British ships, across a number of continents, that made him a writer. It was from Krakow that the young Konrad Korzeniowski set out in 1873 on his sea voyage and now, years later he is returning as patron of international literature.
International Literature Feast
In contrast to many national events which grace Polish literature, the Conrad Festival is designed as a world scale event. This means that the guests will include writers from various countries who write in different languages, represent diverse cultures and world views. The organizers want to create in Krakow a multi-colour artistic mosaic, which will reflect the riches of world literature, exposing the Polish reader to little known ways of thinking and sensitivities. The prevailing idea is to create an event which would have the widest range and one which is widely recognised throughout the world.