Berlin International Literature Festival (Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin)

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Country and Region GermanyBerlin
Type of Festival Literary
Location of Festival Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Festival Contact Information

Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin
Chausseestraße 5
10115 Berlin
Voice: 0049 30-27 87 86-20
Fax: 0049 30-27 87 86-85

Festival Description

The international literature festival Berlin first took place in 2000. It is an event of the Peter Weiss Foundation for Art and Politics (registered association) and the Berliner Festspiele. It is under the auspices of the German UNESCO Commission and is made possible by funding from the Capital Cultural Fund. Our goal is to make the literature and culture of the region accessible for an interested audience, to promote mutual understanding and to inspire contact and a lively exchange amongst the authors, artists and mediators. Our efforts aim at establishing a platform in Berlin which will allow our guests from the Asian-Pacific region the chance to authentically share their literature and their intellectual, cultural and political attitudes.

Experience literary diversity in the age of globalisation: this is where it’s possible. Arabic poets meet American short story writers, South Korean poets encounter their Russian colleagues, South African novelists rub shoulders with a new generation of Albanian writers.

The program features concerts, staged readings and film screenings enrich the programme. At readings, foreign authors read from the original texts. Actors then present the German translations. After the reading, moderators and interpreters help create discussions between the authors and the audience. The main venue is the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. In addition, many events take place at different venues throughtout Berlin, for example Festsaal Kreuzberg, Buchhändlerkeller, Collegium Hungaricum, Instituto Cervantes and many more.

Fascinating new discoveries stand up alongside recognised masters of world literature, the new emerges, and interconnections become visible when, in 180 events over 11 days, 150 authors provide glimpses into new and traditional streams in world literature. Prose, poetry, conversations with authors and political discussions, children’s and youth literature, film adaptations of literature — the ilb is a vital, polyglot forum, staged by and for literary enthusiasts.

Festival Dates September 4 - 15, 2013
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