Nino Haratischwili: The Last Festival

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Nino Haratischwili - Festival key note speech
Foto: Steffen Baraniak / Zeichnung: Stefan Marx

She is a passionate political speaker and an eloquent, masterful storyteller. She’s a traveller between worlds - between Eastern and Western Europe, between Georgia and Germany, between her home town of Tbilisi and the cities where she has chosen to live her life: Hamburg and Berlin. She is truly one to cross boundaries. Her literary survey of the world created a completely new “cognitive map”. It’s what makes her contemporary approach so special, that she opens up not just unknown geographical spaces but also explores time, showing the present day as something in the past.


At the end of February, Thalia will stage its third adaptation of a major novel by this multi award winning author, directed by Jette Steckel - ‘The Fading Light’ follows ‘The Eighth Life (for Brilka)’ and ‘The Cat and the General’. Nino Haratischwili is the first Lessing Prize winner (she received the award in 2017) to make the keynote speech at the Lessingtage Festival, which this year is titled “Celebration of Life”. She will tell passionately and informatively tell stories from a previous festival, with musical accompaniment from two extraordinary musicians from Georgia: Keti Klimiaschwili and Nino Tskitischwili.



Festival speech 30th January 2022, Thalia Theater