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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Arthur Japin

Arthur Japin (1956) is a Dutch prosaist and author of TV, radio and theatre plays. After studying literature and dramatic art, he worked as an actor in radio, TV and film, and briefly also in De Nederlandse Opera (the Netherlands Opera) in Amsterdam. His literary debut appeared in 1996 and just a year later he published the novel De zwarte met het witte hart, translated as The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi, which became a bestseller and is considered a classical work of modern Dutch literature. In 2007 an opera based on the novel premiered under the title of Kwasi & Kwame.

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