Author Alen Bešić in the Egység Cultural Station on Wednesday

During the literature week within the third Kaleidoscope of Culture, on Wednesday, 23 September, the audience will have a chance to enjoy series of discussions about literature named ‘Oko(m) Knjige’, initiated by the Egység Cultural Station in March this year.

Alen Bešić, literary critic, poet, translator and editor, will introduce himself at 8 p.m. The audience will have a chance to follow the discussion in the Egység Cultural Station, as well as via Instagram page of this cultural station.

Alen Bešić was born in Bihać in 1975. He has published four collections of poems and two books of critiques and essays so far. He has won several awards for literary and translation works, among which the most famous one was ‘Miloš Đurić’ award for translation of selected poems by Tony Hoagland. He lives in Novi Sad, where he works as an editor of ‘Polje’, internationally recognised magazine.

The programme is moderated and edited by Katarina Kostić, editor of the ‘Prerazmišljavanje’ portal. Katarina and Alen Bešić will discuss hybrid genres, relations between critique and editorial, translation of verses, questions about the harmony between personal artistic creative work and behind-the-scenes literature work.

Poet and essayist Vladimir Stojnić described the book by Alen Bešić: ‘Without exaggeration, we can say that today’s poetry in Serbia was striving for the book such as ‘Golo Srce’ ‘A Naked Heart’ by Alen Bešić, particularly in 2021. It shows that nowadays, modern dilemmas among poets can be successfully uttered in registers that differ from the so-called experimental ones, and which try to adopt incompleteness of the world within language, where Bešić’s language holds the reference function of the story about the incompleteness’.

The event is implemented within the third Kaleidoscope of Culture in Novi Sad, which marks the end of summer in the city with its everyday cultural events. Being the project of culture of togetherness that lasts throughout the year, the Kaleidoscope of Culture promotes programmes and spaces in this period, thus creating a unique picture of diversity in Novi Sad. Within five weeks and five types of art, all citizens create their own kaleidoscope of culture, which is the proof that this is a city where culture is a way of life.

Organisers kindly ask all visitors to adhere to all measures in order to maintain health and enjoy cultural events. Visitors are obliged to wear masks during all events. The maximum number of visitors, which is 500 people in public spaces and indoors, is being monitored during events.