The Festival of Slavic Cultures

Slavika Fest VI Edition: discover the Slavic cultures in Turin

How was Slavika born and why?

 Slavika was born six years ago as a natural extension of the activity of the Polski Kot cultural club, active in Turin for 9 years. Just as Polski Kot takes care of showcasing Slavic cultures through various kinds of events (language courses, cineforum, book presentations, exhibitions), Slavika takes care of concentrating this effort in a maximum of 10 days, inviting various artists from abroad and also extending to other places in the city. In those days there are precisely meetings with the authors, concerts, theatrical performances, films, workshops of various kinds.

Does the Festival take place in Turin, a city attentive to multiculturalism and different ethnic groups?

Turin is actually a city very attentive to multiculturalism and very curious, thank goodness. The major users of the festival are in fact, without prejudice to a small percentage of people from the countries we touch, Italians who wish to deepen the cultures of those areas of Europe still (somewhat) unknown

We have reached the sixth edition, 4 of which are also made possible thanks to successful crowdfunding campaigns. Could you talk about it?

We started with crowdfunding when it was still a relatively "young" tool. It was actually an experiment, since convincing someone of the goodness of my / our choices was never a prerogative of our group. However, the sense of responsibility that the crowdfunding method instills in those who build it, as well as in those who participate in it, has made me continually lean towards this solution. On the one hand, in fact, the duty to be up to those who have trusted you feels strong; on the other, the type of participation in the festival significantly increases, becoming active, proactive, demanding in the right form.

What are the strengths of the campaign currently online why support it?

This year we included ALL our team in the crowdfunding video. Partly because it was right that they all came equally to the fore, partly because the theme that is the background of the festival is the reference to Moscow 1980, and therefore to the Olympics and team play. From Moscow 1980, we took Misha, the bear that was its mascot, modifying it. The campaign, as well as the festival with programming, is then based on rewards that are very peculiar and which are tailor-made for fans of these areas of Europe. Everything is basically aimed at a very stringent form of cultural loyalty.

Tell us some anticipations about the next Festival, which important names will we find on the calendar?

The festival, initially scheduled between 20 and 29 March, has unfortunately been postponed to a later date. Naturally, we hope to confirm the program as intended. Within the program, the most succulent appointments were naturally those with foreign guests: German Lukomnikov (Russian poet and performer), Goran Vojnovic (Slovenian writer), Aleksandar Zograf (Serbian cartoonist), Barbara Blaszczyk (Polish singer and musician), but really everything (movies, shows, concerts) were of high value

Can you tell us a news you are particularly proud of?

The biggest boast we have done so far is the meeting organized with the Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk in the frame of Slavika last year (it was March 2019). A few months later Olga Tokarczuk would have won the Nobel Prize for literature!

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