The 8th year (14th May, 2014)
6 pm- 11 pm.


One night – many experiences.

Public readings of contemporary world literature performed by well known personalities at attractive and unusual venues in Prague and other cities across Europe.

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 project aims to bring contemporary literature to the general public in an innovative way through a series of public readings and accompanying events.

The project is being coorganized and supported by the EUNIC cluster Prague (a network of foreign cultural institutes) and The Permanent Representation of the European Commission in Prague. Furthermore, thanks to the cooperation with the Association of librarians, Literature Night will take place for the second time in the same model in 23 other cities throughout the Czech Republic.



Czech Republic

In the Czech Republic, the Literature Night will take place not only in Prague - the whole event will fill the streets of all of the Czech cities shown to the right (for other European cities hosting the Literature Night or its variations, please see the lower section).

After its first successful first edition, the European Literature Night (ELN) again invites lovers of literature to indulge in another literary and creative evening in and around Príncipe Real on 07 June.

As a part of the Festas de Lisboa, ELN seeks to promote European literature in creative and original ways and formats. The second edition of ELN will feature selected works by ten acclaimed writers of European literature. Between 18.00 and 23.00, in ten different venues, there will be public readings given by Portuguese actors. The readings, with free entrance, will be repeated every half hour, so that the public can visit all the venues and attend all the scheduled sessions.

With a mix of prose and poetry, ELN 2014 features works with a political background, family and personal stories, and narratives in a language which is both touching and sometimes disconcerting.

The ELN initiative is organized by EUNIC Portugal, a network of cultural institutes and embassies, in collaboration with the European Commission Office in Portugal.