In autumn, Olomouc will once again host the most interesting voices in contemporary Central European poetry. The Jury of the Václav Burian Award, the Olomouc Museum of Art/SEFO Triennial and Czech Radio Olomouc are organising the sixth edition of the Václav Burian Award in Olomouc.
Responsibility for selecting contemporary texts from the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Germany traditionally rests with an international jury consisting of Petr Borkovec, Leszek Engelking, Lena Dorn, Ján Gavura, and Tomáš Tichák.
In the poetry category, the nominees are Sibylla Vričić Hausmann (1979), poet and writer from Leipzig; Silvia Kaščáková (1976) poet, translator, and lyricist of classical, gospel, and popular music from Ružomberok, Ondřej Macl (1989), poet, translator, literary critic, performer, and actor from Prague, and finally Krzysztof Siwczyk (1977), poet, essayist, literary reviewer, columnist, and film actor from Gliwice in Upper Silesia, Poland.
The Prize for Cultural Contribution to Central European Dialogue will be awarded to the Austrian Slavist, journalist, translator, and writer Martin Pollack (1949), an eminent expert on Eastern European cultural space in the 20th century.
The finale of the Václav Burian Award, organised every year by the Václav Burian Award Committee, refers to the cultural activities of Olomouc journalist, Polish studies scholar, and poet Václav Burian (1959-2014). An international jury of experts nominates four poets from Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and German-speaking European countries. Their poetry is discussed in public during the final event, followed by the secret act of choosing a winner.
The first winner in the category ‘For Poetry’ was the Czech poet Milan Děžinský in 2016, while the award in the category ‘For Cultural Contribution to Central European Dialogue’ was received by the Polish Czech studies scholar, translator, and publicist Aleksander Kaczorowski.