The Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award Ceremony 2017 Live on Culture.pl
The Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award ceremony will take place on Thursday, 25thMay at 9pm [CET]. The prize will be presented to Breyten Breytenbach, one of South Africa’s most outstanding poets. Watch the ceremony live on Culture.pl.
Breyten Breytenbach, this year’s Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award laureate, is a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright as well as a painter—and one of South Africa’s most famous writers, with more than fifty books to his name. Active in the anti-apartheid movement, in 1975 he was arrested, accused of terrorist activities and sentenced to a nine year prison term. Released seven years later, thanks to vociferous international protests, he left for France and became a French citizen. Since then he has received many prizes, taught at New York University as well as other institutions, and exhibited his paintings in galleries around the world. He divides his time between France and South Africa.
During the ceremony, the Laureate will make a speech and read his poetry. There will also be a performance by Wlodek Pawlik, Poland’s world-famous jazz musician.
Live broadcast of the ceremony will be available on Culture.pl at 9pm [CET] on Thursday, 25th May 2017.
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The Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award is a distinction on the literary world stage. It has been conferred since 2013 in recognition of outstanding artistic and intellectual achievements, inspired by the values and ideals which Zbigniew Herbert’s work exemplifies.
The 2017 Laureate will receive a statuette designed by architects Szaroszyk & Rycerski and a cheque for fifty thousand US dollars endowed by the PZU Foundation - the Strategic Partner of this year’s edition of the Award.
The Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award Partners include: The Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Instytut Adama Mickiewicza), the Warsaw based Arnold Szyfman Polish Theatre (Teatr Polski im. Arnolda Szyfmana) and the National Library. Media partners: Polish Radio and Poland’s television Culture Channel (TVP Kultura).
Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award Ceremony 2017
Thursday, May 25th, 2017, 9:00 PM (CET)
Live broadcast on www.culture.pl
Source: press materials, compiled by NR, 18 May 2017