Writers group '77 and festival Winternachten from The Hague have jointly organized the first edition of the Surinam International Literature Festival. Performances throughout the week from five different countries, including readings, discussions, music, film and dance. More than thirty writers appear in public and also in schools in such places as Nieuw Nickerie, Paramaribo, Brownsberg and Ellen. The festival theme is '1001 identities'.
This festival is a veritable feast, a coming together of different languages and cultures: from Indonesian to Afrikaans and Papiamentu and from Sarnami to Sranantongo and Dutch. No matter how foreign these languages appear to you, there is no reason to miss one word. Dutch translations are projected on a large screen during the readings.
Writers group '77
For more than 25 years Writersgroup '77 is the most important literary organisation in Surinam. Social involvement has always been an characteristic feature of its members. The founders were fervent nationalists and it was for good reason that it has been said that the Surinam writers brought about independence. In the mean time Surinam has been independent for 28 years and they look more and more to globalisation and a shrinking world. In 1997 the Writers group organized the congres 'Authorship 2000, national or international', with speakers from the Netherlands, Curaçao, Trinidad and French Guyana. In 2003 the Writers group were enthusiastic participants in the large Caribbean Art festival Carifesta. Anno 2004 the Writers group realizes more than ever that boundaries are to be exceeded and friendships esablished with other nations. What is more suitable for this than a party? Together with Winternachten the Writers group '77 proceeds on the path of internationalisation by organizing the International Literature Festival Surinam 2004.
The literature festival Winternachten from The Hague brings together since 1995 writers from Indonesia, Surinam, Aruba, the Dutch Antilles, South Africa and the Netherlands, all six countries with a shared history. During the early years the festival only took place in The Hague. However, three years ago Winternachten began to work with its partner organisations in the other countries, to set up this international meeting of writers in the above mentioned countries. Resulting in successful editions of Winternachten in places such as Durban and Capetown (entitled 'Passaatwinde / Tradewinds'), Saint Martin, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao (Crossing the Seas/Crusa Laman/Krusa Lama) and in Bali, Solo, Yogyakarta and Jakarta (Pesta Sastra).
Monday 1 March 2004
An international program with readings by writers and poets and music, presented by Arlette Codfried. The Surinam authors Cynthia McLeod and Rappa perform together with poet/performer Gibi Bacilio …
Tuesday 2 March 2004
The first night of the festival in Paramaribo offers a diverse program. Writers from five countries read from their novels and poetry. Hosted and presented by Arlette Codfried they talk about their …
Wednesday 3 March 2004
An evening organized together with the Remembrance association for Javanese Immigrants (VHJI) in their center Sana Budaya. Lovers of the Javanese performing arts have come to the right place in Sana …
Thursday 4 March 2004
In November 2003 and February 2004 the Dutch writer, illustrator and cabaret artist Joke van Leeuwen gave several workshops for Surinam authors and illustrators. This was a joint project from the …
Friday 5 March 2004
An evening's debating, readings and music. Various topics are debated, such as: which language should the writer choose? His or her mother tongue or the language of the largest reading public? Does …
Saturday 6 March 2004
A film, introduced by Ronald Giphart, the author of the book Phileine zegt sorry, on which the film is based. It is a romatic comedy, directed by Robert Jan Westdijk. In this film 'power babe' …
Sunday 7 March 2004
An informal get together with writers and public. Pull up a chair next to a writer and chat about his or her work and anything else that comes up. With amongst others Rappa, Alphons Levens, Tessa …
Sunday 7 March 2004
A festive finale of this first edition of the International Literary festival Surinam. Consisting of prose, poetry and music. Performances from the foreign guests and many Surinam authors: including …