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European Literature Goes to Turkey/Turkish Literature Goes to Europe

(May 2009 - Jun 2010)

Author: Dea Vidovic - Date: 22 jan 2010, 15:21


The project provides Turkish audiences with the chance to engage first-hand with European authors and to participate in open and lively debates with them. It also gives European audiences the chance to familiarise themselves with Turkish culture by meeting well-known authors, musicians and photographers.

Funded by the European Union’s Cultural Bridges programme, the tour brings 48 authors and numerous musicians, photographers, filmmakers and artists from eight participating European countries (Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria) to 24 cities throughout Turkey. They are accompanied by a 'bookmobile' - a mobile library containing the showcased literature, internet terminals and audiovisual resources.

Each Turkish city hosts a week-long 'EU Festival', with readings, discussions, concerts, exhibitions and film screenings giving local audiences the chance to engage first-hand with European art forms and ideas. By organising video camps, setting the readings at universities and schools, and offering an interactive blog, the project aims to appeal to young people in particular. The tour will culminate in a special gala in Istanbul on 16 April 2010 to mark the city’s celebrations as European Capital of Culture 2010.

Continuing in the EU, the tour will then showcase readings by 16 Turkish authors and concerts by Turkish musicians in Sofia, Bucharest, Vienna, Venice, Zurich and the two other Capitals of Culture 2010 (Pécs and Essen). The final event will bring together participating European and Turkish authors at a gala in Brussels.