internationales literaturfestival berlin (ilb)
Since 2001, the Peter Weiss Foundation has been the founder of the international festival of literature (ilb), which has been held annually in Berlin. With nearly 200 participating authors, the ilb is one of the largest literary festivals worldwide. The ilb has had the pleasure of hosting as guests (amongst others): Herta Müller, César Aira, Judith Kerr, Isabel Allende, Javier Marias, Jonathan Safran Foer, Pankaj Mishra, Taiye Selasi, David Grossmann and many more.
The ilb is a member of the “Word Alliance”, an association of eight prestigious literary festivals, committed to international cooperation. The aim of the alliance is, amongst other things, to promote literary writers as well as facilitate the realization of international projects.
NEW SIGNS – COMICS IN BERLIN
Within the framework of the 13th ilb, the project “Neue Zeichen – Comics in Berlin” was created. Its intention is the coordination and organisation of discussions within the Berlin comics scene for the purpose of developing concepts for a deeper understanding of the art-form.
Odessa International Literature Festival (ilo)
The Peter Weiss Foundation is also responsible for the setting up of the International Literature Festival in Odessa, held every year since 2015. The second Litfest Odessa took place from 28.09. – 01.10.2016. The participants included: Yuriy Andruchovych, Julia Kissina, Viktor Yerofeyev, John Boyne, Yitzhak Laor, Serhij Schadan, Samuel Shimon and Azouz Begag.
On 20 March 2006, the Peter Weiss Foundation launched a project entitled ‘Worldwide Reading. Since 2006, there have been eighteen worldwide readings with up to 100 participating institutions in more than 40 countries. The last Worldwide Reading event took place on the occasion of the opening of the 16th ilb on 7 September 2016 under the title “Democracy without Populism”.
‘Scritture Giovani’ seeks to promote young European writers, and was conceived in 2002 by the highly-regarded annual cultural festival Festivaletteratura in Mantua. Launched with support from the European Union’s cultural program and after its continued success in the following years, some of the most important European literature festivals are involved – alongside Festivaletteratura, Hay Festival (UK) and the international literaturfestival berlin (Germany).
Weather Stations is an international initiative that puts literature and narrative at the centre of the debate on climate change. The five project partners in Berlin, Dublin, London, Melbourne and Warsaw work with a writer in residence who, in tackling literature in light of climate change, address the most fundamental change with which humanity is currently confronted, and find inspiration for new ways of life.