LiteratureXchange is an international literature festival in Aarhus. The third edition will be held from the 11th to the 21st of June 2020. The second edition is was held in June 2019 and he first edition in June 2018.

The programme will consist of around 150 events with everything from literary dinners and hair salons, in addition to traditional readings and debates. See photos from the 2018-festival here

LiteratureXchange presents Danish as well as international authors, talks between researchers and authors about international topics and different offbeat activities making the entire city buzz with literature.

Several international authors visited festival in 2019. Amongst these were Mario Vargas Llosa (PE)Siri Hustvedt (US), Yasmina Khadra (DZ), Per Petterson (NO), Sjón (IS), Nir Baram (IL), Linda Boström Knausgård (SE), Ilmar Taska (ES), Sergej Lebedev (RU) and many more. You can see the entire list and read more about each author here.

The festival is present throughout Aarhus with open-air events, in theatres, rooftops, cafés and several other cultural institutions.

Organisers: Aarhus Centre for Literature, Aarhus Public Libraries and People's University (Folkeuniversitetet) in Aarhus.

LiteratureXchange was in 2020 sponsored by Aarhus Kommune, Danish Arts Council, Axel Muusfeldt Fonden and Spar Nord Fonden.

International perspective
LiteratureXchange explores how literature can challenge our understanding of ourselves and the world we live in. Can literature change the world? Can it change our opinions or put them in perspective?

The festival will create a space for dialogue concerning the potentials of literature by focusing on current global themes. This will be discussed by international and Danish authors, researchers and critics.

Important information

There will be separate tickets for each event, which can be bought on this site when the line-up is ready. Our Facebook page will continuously be updated with new events. There will also be several free events. First tickets will be for sale in spring 2020.

Time and place
The third edition will be held from the 11th to the 21st of June 2020 and will take place on many of Aarhus' already established venues. The main stages are Godsbanen, Dokk1 and the local libraries. The second edition of the festival was held 13.-23. of June 2019. The festival was held for the first time the 14th to the 24th of June 2018. 

LiteratureXchange prints a publication with all the festival events. You can see all events in foreign langauge on FOREIGN LANGUAGES when the tickets will be put op for sale in spring 2020. The programme will be distributed to households in Aarhus and all events will be shown on Facebook, on this website as well as through the various communication channels of the libraries, Aarhus Centre for Literature and People's University (Folkeuniversitetet).

We always need extra hands. Contact volunteer coordinator Lisbet Knudsen, if you are interested in joining the team. 

LiteratureXchange is a city festival. For that reason we collaborated in 2019 with a wide range of organisations in Aarhus, among some are Kristian F. Møller, The Youth Culture House, Dansk Forfatterforening, The churches of Aarhus and Løve's Bog- og Vincafé as well as publishers such as Politikens Forlag, KLIM and Modtryk.

LiteratureXchange on social media
You can follow LiteratureXchange on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

You are always welcome to contact us:

Project manager
Jette Sunesen, Aarhus Centre for Literature

Lise Kloster Gram, Aarhus Public Libraries

PR & communication
Noa Kjærsgaard Hansen, People's University (Folkeuniversitetet)

Folkeuniversitetet: info@fuau.dk / 88438000
Phone is open from 10-15, mon-fri. 

Lisbet Knudsen, Aarhus Centre for Literature


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