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viva literatura!
Children´s Literatures from Central and Eastern Europe
24 – 29 November 2016, 
Berlin

Guest countries: Georgia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Ukraine

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Central and eastern European children’s literature is not yet well known in the German-speaking countries, but there is plenty to discover: great illustrations ans phantastic graphic novels, enchanting stories and wonderful fairytales, original children’s poetry and excellent children’s literature.

To help readers experience this cultural and artistic diversity in children’s literature and illustrative art, kulturkind e.V. was organising the first viva literatura! Festival of Children’s Literatures from Central and Eastern Europe” in June 2014 and invited outstanding children’s book illustrators to Berlin: Katarzyna Bogucka from Poland, Pavel Čech from Czech Republic, Piret Raud from Estonia, Damijan Stepančič from Slovenia, Zina Surova from Russia and Mari Takács from Hungary.

A varied, lively and colourful programme of events opened up new insights into Europe’s cultural diversity as manifested in its literatures and languages. There were readings and artistic workshops for school classes, exhibitions of work by the artists and by school classes from central and eastern Europe, discussions and talks in the embassies, an artists’ academy, the West-Eastern Book Salon for publishers at the Literary Colloquium Berlin, the Festival publication “Where Home Is” and all sorts of conversation, fun and exchange.

The festival not only concentrated on making the children’s literature of central and eastern Europe better known and thus coming closer within Europe, in areas where contact was impossible for decades. We also wanted to remind how similarly we feel when we describe what’s really important to us – no matter whether we live side by side or hundreds, even thousands of kilometres apart.


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