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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Ričardas Gavelis

Ričardas Gavelis (1950–2002) was a Lithuanian prosaist, dramaturge and publicist. He made his debut as a writer in 1976. Still at the times of the Soviet Union he wrote a scandalous novel Vilniaus pokeris (Vilnius Poker), which was released in a large print run as late as in 1989 and became a symbol of the renewed Lithuanian literature. Mr Gavelis was a very prolific writer who published a new prose book every one or two years until his premature death. The Czech public gets to know this author for the first time.

PHOTO © Algimantas Aleksandravičius