Literarischer Sommer / Literaire Zomer
For over 20 years, the German-Dutch Literature Festival has offered literature enthusiasts on both sides of the border the opportunity to get to know their own and neighbouring literature and to talk to authors at readings. Especially in the tri-border region of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Netherlands and Belgium, the festival makes a valuable contribution to cross-border dialogue.
During the 23rd edition of the festival, a total of about 50 events will take place in libraries and cultural institutions, often in special places such as museums or cafés. The popular “literary walks” in Amsterdam and Düsseldorf will be continued, as will the literary tour of Cologne, which was offered for the first time last year.
The reading series from the novel cycle "The Office" by the late Dutch author J. J. Voskuil will also be continued, concluding in 2022 with a reading of the last volume read by Ronny Tomiska.
Traditionally, current titles from both countries are presented, but also newly discovered older works. Dutch authors read in Germany and German authors present their books in the Netherlands. The programme also includes musical readings and film adaptations of literature. A strong focus is placed on the multilingualism of the festival. Authors and translators are invited to talk about their work together.
Aachen, Bedburg-Hau, Düsseldorf, Kleve, Köln, Korschenbroich, Krefeld, Leverkusen, Mönchengladbach, Neuss, Rommerskirchen and Willich are participating in the festival, which has been supported for many years by the NRW KULTURsekretariat as part of the "Cooperated Projects" and has been continued as a separate programme since 2018. The Dutch cities of Amsterdam, Arcen, Brunssum, Margraten, Roermond, Vaals and Valkenburg are also participating.