Literarischer Sommer / Literaire Zomer
For 20 years, the binational literature festival "Literarischer Sommer / Literaire Zomer" (Literary Summer) has offered Germans and Dutch people the opportunity to get to know their own and neighbouring literature and to talk to authors at readings.
In the coming edition, too, a total of about 40 events will take place in libraries and cultural institutions, often in special places such as museums or cafés.
The popular "Literary Walks" in Amsterdam will be continued and in the future this offer will also take place in German cities.
Also to be continued in 2020 is the ring reading "The Office" by the late Dutch author J. J. Voskuil.
The format has long since established itself as an event format with strong audience demand and makes a valuable contribution to cross-border dialogue, especially in the border triangle. In addition to current titles, newly discovered older works are also presented.
Dutch authors read in Germany, and German authors present their books in the Netherlands.
Since 2018, events for children have also been held in some cities. The programme also includes musical readings and literary adaptations.
A strong focus is placed on the multilingualism of the festival. Authors and translators are invited to talk about their work together.
On the German side, Aachen, Bedburg-Hau, Düsseldorf, Korschenbroich, Krefeld, Mönchengladbach, Neuss and Rommerskirchen are participating in the festival, which has been supported for years by the NRW KULTURsekretariat as part of the "Cooperated Projects" and has been continued as a separate programme since 2018. In addition, the Dutch cities of Amsterdam, Eijsden, Heerlen, Kerkrade, Vaals, Valkenburg and Venlo are participating.