International Literature Festival Berlin

International Literature Festival Berlin

08 - 18 september 2021

During eleven days the International Literature Festival Berlin presents new prose and poetry by contemporary authors from all over the world.

International Literature Festival

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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 in Berlin to present their work to lovers of literature. All texts are read in the original language, interpreters translate the pieces into German.

Five Sections of the International Literature Festival Berlin

The texts, poems and verses are distributed thematically into six sections: literatures of the world, reflections, international children's and young adult literature, speak and memory, science and the humanities, and 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

Schaperstraße 24
10719 Berlin
Opening Hours
08 - 18 september 2021
Useful hints
The festival center is the "Haus der Berliner Festspiele", Schaperstraße 24, 10719 Berlin. Readings also take place at various other locations (see website).
Official International Literature Festival Berlin Website (in English)

Public transportation


Source: BerlinOnline/Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin

| Last edited: 23. February 2021