LiteratureXchange Festival

11.06.2018 |

Aarhus will become the literary heart of the Baltics in June as its International Literature Festival takes place between 14th and 24th June at various venues around the Danish city.

The festival is filled to bursting with things to delight literature fans across two main events – the 10 day LiteratureXchange from June 14th to 24th and the 4 day Northlit Nordic Literature Festival from 20th to 24th June. Both are newly launched, with Northlit an independent sub festival of the Aarhus International Literature Festival.

Aarhus will come alive through the duration of the festival period, with events being held all over the city – in its theatres, cafes, open air spaces and along the waterfront. The programme is packed with more than 100 events including readings, debates, discussions and more featuring local Danish authors as well as international guests. Researchers, industry professionals, and critics will also be in attendance, and topics to be discussed include such questions as whether literature can change the world and how, what literature’s capacity to change our understanding is, and how it can influence our perspective.

The festival will focus on these ideas from a global viewpoint, with consideration to the current climate. Northlit however chooses a specific regional focus for each festival and in 2018 will turn its attention to Arabic literary traditions and culture, specifically from the Middle East and North Africa. Works from these regions are rarely translated into Danish so the festival offers a unique and exciting opportunity for locals to discover Arabic literature.

The Aarhus International Literature Festival will be held from Thursday 14th June 2018 until Thursday 28th June 2018 at various locations around Aarhus, including ARoS, Dokk1, Godsbanen, Testrup Højskole and local libraries. See the LiteratureXchange programme here and learn more here about Northlit.

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