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International Literature Festival Berlin

7 - 17 September 2016

During eleven days the International Literature Festival Berlin presents contemporary authors from all over the world with their prose and poetry.
International Literature Festival Berlin
British author Welsh Irvine at the International Literature Festival Berlin 2011. © Ali Ghandtschi

Since 2001 the International Literature Festival takes place every year in September in Berlin. It focuses on the development of international prose and lyric poetry. During the festival writers from all over the world are coming to Berlin to present their work to lovers of literature. All texts are read in the original language. However, interpreters translate the pieces into German.

Five Sections of the International Literature Festival Berlin

The texts, poems and verses are distributed thematically into five sections: literatures of the world, reflections, international children's and young adult literature, speak and memory as well as specials. They are presented to the audience in various forms and places. Most of the readings, workshops, talks and exhibitions are set at the Berliner Festspiele but also take place at theatres and other cultural institutions.

Special Events of the International Literature Festival

All special events of the festival are smaller than the ones in the other sections. Among the special events is the Scritture Giovani. It is a cooperation project of the two most important literature festivals in Europe, the "Festivaletteratura Mantova" and the "Hay Festival". The aim of Scritture Giovani is to promote young European authors.

Another special event is the New German Voices, an evening event presenting talented young German-speaking authors. The Poetry Nights and the Graphic Novel Day are also part of the specials section.

Haus der Berliner Festspiele on the map

Address: International Literature Festival Berlin
Schaperstraße 24
10719 Berlin
Opening Hours: 7 - 17 September 2016
Useful hints: The festival center is the "Haus der Berliner Festspiele", Schaperstraße 24, 10719 Berlin. Readings also take place at other locations.
Internet: Official International Literature Festival Berlin Website (in English) 

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Last edited: 29. August 2016
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