From Friday the 22nd til Sunday the 24th of September 2017, the third annual LITR book fair took place at the cultural and community center at W7 in Olomouc. The fair was aimed at original and art publications and their presentation, and also focused on the phenomena connected with low-cost publication books and magazines.
At the fair, original books, art objects and exclusive, primarily paper, products were for sale, uniquely connected with the festival atmosphere and richly filled programme, which includes presentations from publishers, graphic artists, writers and performers, unique craft workshops for children and adults, special concerts and even exhibitions of contemporary art.
Throughout Saturday and Sunday the 23rd-24th of September, thirty independent, domestic publishers, creators and artists - for example, Makekaky from the collective Total odpad, Prague papermaker Papírna, Papyrus, the literary journals PLAV, Sedmá generace, the publishers Take Take Také, Bylo nebylo, HOST Brno, the book shop Artmap and many others, were present in the fresco hall.
Litr 3 once again offered a variety of workshops. Joachim Dvořák led the Comics Workshop for children with the magazine Raketa, Anna Pospíšilová oversaw the workshop Letter Lab where children learned how to create their own stationery with envelopes and stamps. Adults had the possibility to test out the Live Printing Press from the workshop UPUPAEPOP, to see how printing was done in the past compared to today. Further workshops included typographer Jan Filípek, where visitors learned various types of calligraphy, or the workshop with Olomouc’s book workshop Parapet, which led a crafts project for hand sewn photo albums.
As part of the accompanying programme, there was the traditional presentation of publishers who will personally participate in the fair and PechaKucha Night in Olomouc, where writers, graphic artists, painters and visual artists such as painter and street artist Masker, audiovisual creator Tomáš Moravec, author of children's books and comics Martin Šinkovský, and graphic designer and author of the visual style of LITR Radim Měsíc.
The operation of the new Olomouc Gallery XY on the Lower Square commenced with Tomáš Moravec's exhibition Palindrom # 2, which revealed the conditions of the creation of a particular moving image. The author's monographic book will be christened during the exhibition, which ran until the 27th of October. At the Deniska Showcase, the sculptor and performer Martin Zet presented with the installation of Denis, and the christening of the eponymous book took place. On Saturday there was the opening of the exhibition of Jakub Zajíček in the partner cooperative center Vault 42.
Friday evening was closed by the “liquid music” of Jiří Neděla aka ÅNCIENT TEENAGER, who played tracks from his upcoming album LoFi:DIY. On Saturday the theatre hall of W7 hosted electronica in combination with live vocals, mix stop with improvisational artist and musician Igor Korpaczewski, who performed with his last project Ewski.
LITR 3 – book fair of independent and art publications
22. – 24. 9. 2017
W7 – cultural and community space, Wurmova 7, Olomouc