The Kulturtreger association and the Booksa literary club will organise the Minority Literature Revue – Egypt festival in Rijeka, the European Capital of Culture 2020, and offer literary and film programmes to the Croatian audience.

The 15th annual Minority Literature Revue will welcome male and female authors from Egypt, whose works have been acknowledged and acclaimed in their national literary circle and in the rest of the Arab-speaking world, in which Egypt is seen as a publishing hub. Our Trumpets Have Caused Silence, an anthology of contemporary Egyptian literature, will be released as part of the festival programme. This anthology features short stories, poems and excerpts from novels that cover all facets of Egyptian literature and historic generations, from the one formed in the 1960s to the one whose literary sensibility was shaped in the decade preceding the 2011 revolution. Regardless of their age, all these authors remain obscure to the Croatian literary public, since their works haven’t been released here yet.

Revue programme schedule in Rijeka:

  • 6 p.m.: literary talks with Mansour Ez-Eldin (Egypt) and Zeina G. Halabi (Lebanon), moderated by Tea Tulić (in English without translation)
  • 8 p.m.: film screening: Fallen Angels Paradise (Gannat al shayateen) (1999), director: Osama Fawzy, screenwriter: Mostafa Zekry, with an introduction by Ahmed Refaat (Egypt)

The talks are in English, without translation. The films have English or Croatian subtitles.

Admission to all the programmes is free.

The Minority Literature Revue – Egypt is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, City of Zagreb – City Office for Culture, Kultura Nova Foundation, National Foundation for Civil Society Development, the Kitchen of Diversity flagship of Rijeka 2020 ECoC and the Creative Europe fund and is organised in cooperation with the Human Rights Film Festival, Art Kino Croatia in Rijeka, Lazareti – Creative Neighbourhood of Dubrovnik, the Živi Atelje Gallery, the Mijo Mirković Secondary School of Economics in Rijeka, the Antun Gustav Matoš Grammar School in Samobor, the Classical Gymnasium in Zagreb, the Dubrovnik Secondary School of Tourism and Hospitality and the Cultural Information Centre (KIC) in Zagreb.