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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About the project

This year's Prague Literature Night, presenting to the public the current European literature, is a part of European Literature Nights project that was initiated by the Czech Centers and involves partner organizations from Lisbon, Vilnius, Wroclaw, Dublin and Bucharest.

In the above-mentioned cities, Literature Night will be presented in the same model already familiar to the Czech visitors. Thanks to the substantial support of the Culture programme of the European Union, the Literature Night will also take place in foreign countries. Furthermore, thanks to the cooperation with the Association of librarians, Literature Night will also take place in 8 other cities in the Czech Republic. 

The project’s important extension is its modification in Brno, held on 29th of June, which focuses on non-traditional and multimedia presentations of literature and is organized by the publisher Větrné mlýny ( Continuing the established tradition, several Czech Centres abroad organize their own version of Literature Night. 

PHOTO © Michal Dub 2010 


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