One night – many experiences: public readings of contemporary literature performed by well known personalities at attractive and unusual venues in cities across Europe.

 

European Literature Night builds on the concept of literature being a unique creative medium which embraces the voices of individuals along with the values of the society they live in. The umbrella project “European Literature Nights 2012 – 2014” aims to bring contemporary European literature to the general public in an innovative way through a series of public readings and accompanying events. Supported by a grant from the Culture Programme of the European Union, the project partners hope to deliver high level of impact to their audiences. Although it is Brno, Bucharest, Dublin, Lisbon, Vilnius, Prague and Wroclaw who are jointly co-organizing the project “ELN 2012 – 2014”, the other partner cities where Literature Night already took root are of no lesser importance for the event’s development.

partner cities

The highlighted cities are the main organizers of the project "European Literature Nights 2012 - 2014":

First Literature Night in Paris

Literature Night is a cultural event that first took place in Prague six years ago. Since then it spread quickly into 25 European cities. Thousands of spectators, dozens thousands of website visitors. Bit by bit, the success of Literature Night has surprised many. Paradoxically, it was Paris that was somehow missing alongside cities such as London, Vienna, Berlin, or Stockholm.

The Czech Centre in Paris invited FICEP and EUNIC to jointly introduce this wonderful project of international literary dialogues in the French capital. Thanks to the strong support of Aurélie Filippetti, the Minister of Culture and Communication, and its department, the readings will be hosted in places such as Hôtel de Ville de Paris, the Parfums de Lisbonne Festival, or Maison des écrivains et de la littérature, and many others. The very first Literature Night in Paris will spread across the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Près and will involve fifteen different cultural centres. We hope that the Parisian edition will be at least as successful as the one in Prague and that more Literature Nights will follow, allowing us to explore more authors and quarters.

 

Have a nice literary stroll...

 

Michael Wellner-Pospisil, Director of the Czech Center in Paris

Joachim Umlauf, President of the FICEP and Director of  Goethe-Institut Paris

THE EVENT IS ORGANIZED BY FICEP IN CONJUNCTION WITH VARIOUS CULTURAL INSTITUTES IN PARIS, THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION, PARIS TOWN HALL, MAISON DES ECRIVAINS ET LA LITTERATURE, EUNIC PARIS, AND THE REPRESENTATION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION IN FRANCE.