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":

Literature Night takes place in Paris for the very first time. It is the initiative of the Czech Centre in Paris and the Forum of Foreign Cultural Institutes in Paris (FICEP). It aims to promote literary diversity through works of foreign authors, providing the audience with all kinds of literary works for all ages (poetry, prose, comic books, or children literature) in conjunction with fifteen different cultural centres in Paris.

Each participating institution will introduce one foreign author and his/her work recently translated into French. Local actors will perform selected extracts from the selected books, and every reading will be then followed by a discussion in order to enable the audience to interact with the authors.

You can roam around from reading to reading, from one place to another, discovering various literary works and their authors throughout the Literature Night. 

Admission is free. Number of places available is limited.

Metro stations: Saint-Germain-des-Prés / Mabillon / Cluny-La Sorbonne / Saint-Sulpice / Sèvres Babylone / Rennes / Rue du Bac.

Readings begin every hour between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. with a break between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Each reading will last approximately 20 minutes, a 20-minute discussion with the author and performer will follow.

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