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

National Gallery - Veletržní palác

Dukelských hrdinů 530/47
Praha 7

The building was constructed after a design by Oldřich Tyl and Josef Fuchs in the years 1925–1929. Until 1951 trade fairs were held in it; later the palace served as headquarters of several foreign trade companies. In 1974 the functionalist structure was destroyed by fire. Since its reconstruction in 1995, the building has housed the National Gallery’s collections of modern and contemporary art. Since 2000 it has also been the home of its 19th century collections.

Capacity: 40

Wheelchair accessible








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