Literarischer Sommer / Literaire Zomer (Literary Summer)
For more than 20 years, the binational literature festival "Literarischer Sommer / Literaire Zomer" (Literary Summer) 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.
The format has long since established itself as an event with strong audience demand
and makes a valuable contribution to cross-border dialogue in the border triangle.
Especially after the very difficult Corona period for the cultural sector, it also sends a positive signal sign - across national borders. Current titles from both countries will be presented, as well as newly discovered older works. Dutch authors read in Germany, and German authors present their books in the Netherlands.
In the 22nd edition, a total of about 40 events will take place in libraries and cultural institutions, often in special places such as museums or cafés. Against the backdrop of the experience of the Corona pandemic, new formats and locations will also be developed and used.
The popular "Literarische Spaziergänge" (Literary Walks) in Amsterdam and Düsseldorf will be continued. The series "Das Büro" (The Office) by the late Dutch author J. J. Voskuil will also be continued and the last volume will be published in 2021.
In addition, there will be events for children in some cities.
In addition, musical readings and film adaptations of literature will be included in the programme. A strong focus is placed on the multilingualism of the festival. Authors and translators are invited to speak about their translators are invited to talk about their work together.
The festival was initially supported by the NRW KULTURsekretariat as part of the "Kooperierte Projekte", since 2018 it has been run as a separate programme. Currently participating on the German side are Aachen, Bedburg-Hau, Düsseldorf, Korschenbroich, Krefeld, Mönchengladbach, Neuss, Rommerskirchen and Willich. In addition, the Dutch cities of Amsterdam, Eijsden, Heerlen, Kerkrade, Vaals, Valkenburg and Venlo.