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.

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The European Literature Night invades the Bairro Alto, Chiado, Príncipe Real and Rato on 24 May 2013.

The first literature white night in Lisbon takes place between 18:30 and 22:30 in eight different venues in this part of the city - a marathon of short readings and dramatizations in Portuguese of works by contemporary European authors. Actors and, in some cases, writers will be giving their bodies and voices to the texts.

Created in Prague in 2008, this project, which seeks to generate interest in contemporary European literature, debuts this year in the Portuguese capital and promises to spread literature across the streets.

The European Literature Night in Lisbon is organized by the partners in the Portuguese EUNIC Network (British Council, Goethe-Institut, Camões - Institute for Cooperation and Language, Cervantes Institute, Romanian Cultural Institute, Institut Français du Portugal, Ibero-American Institute of Finland and Italian Cultural Institute) and is supported by the European Commission.

(c)Turismo de Lisboa