Literarischer Sommer / Literaire Zomer
For 20 years, the binational literature festival "Literarischer Sommer / Literaire Zomer" has been offering Germans and Dutch*women the opportunity to get to know their own and neighbouring literature and to talk to authors during readings.
In 2020 it will take place from 29.07. to 09.09., but on a smaller scale due to corona. Some events that were firmly planned could not be realised under the current corona protection measures, others may take place as online readings.
The popular "Literarische Spaziergänge" (Literary Walks) will not take place in Amsterdam this year, but in Düsseldorf.
In 2020, the ring reading "The Office" by the late Dutch author J. J. Voskuil will be continued.
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, Neuss and Rommerskirchen are participating in the festival, which has been supported for years by the NRW KULTURsekretariat as part of the "Kooperierte Projekte" (Cooperated Projects) and has been continued as a separate programme since 2018. The Dutch cities of Eijsden, Heerlen, Kerkrade, Vaals, Valkenburg and Venlo are also participating.
Up-to-date information on the events and the authors at literarischer-sommer.eu