In April we made an appeal, together with the Nobel Prize Winners John M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Seamus Heaney, Elfriede Jelinek and over one hundred other authors from every continent, for a worldwide reading of texts by the Chinese author Liao Yiwu on June 4th 2010, the 21st commemorative day of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing. In the German-speaking regions alone there will be more than ten readings, including events in Basel, Berlin, Bremen, Erfurt, Frankfurt, Freiburg (Stadttheater), Hannover, Hamburg (organised by the Harbour Front Literature Festival), Lichtenstein, Lübeck, Zurich (Theater am Neumarkt), as well as participation by radio stations. The readings will be of poems and excerpts from the book »The Corpse Walker: Real Life Stories: China From the Bottom Up« (Pantheon Books, 2008).
We are delighted to now announce the 10th international literature festival berlin, which will take place from the 15th to the 25th of September, 2010. When we organised the first festival in June 2001, no one could have expected that Lars Gustafsson's impression that he was attending a historic moment in the capital's cultural life would prove so true – the ilb is here to stay in Berlin's annual calendar of events.
There are 105 days until the countdown, and 60 days until advance ticket sales begin on the 2nd of August – but we can already announce the majority of the participants (see www.literaturfestival.com).
The opening speech will be given by the Spanish author Juan Goytisolo on the 15th of September in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, this year's main festival venue – the stage mechanics at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele are currently being renovated.
In the festival sections Literatures of the World, Kaleidoscope, and International Children's and Youth Literature, as in previous years, the audience will be treated to stars of world literature as well as brilliant authors from all continents who are less well-known in Germany.
For the Focus Eastern Europe we were able to acquire outstanding voices from those countries which, prior to the peaceful revolution, were known as “real socialist”. During readings and discussions, the spirit and language of our era will illuminate these countries, stock will be taken of the changes, and stories will be told from today, but also from past decades and even centuries. A conference on Intelligence Agencies and Artists in Eastern Europe 1945-1989 will investigate the current state of coming to terms with the crimes related to this issue.
The complete festival programme will be published on the 1st of September.
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