»All literature is based on a long past of European authors.«
The Arts Institute, a part of the Theatre Institute
Our participation in the HALMA network is all the more important because in spite of the longstanding and rich tradition of Czech literature, there is currently neither a literary house, nor even an opportunity for literary residencies in the country.
In the words of Octavio Paz, literature "listens to what time says". And literary residencies should become a mediator between literature and the public; with the general decline of reading, writers have become more separated from the public by an almost impermeable wall.