LiteratureXchange is an international festival of literature held in Aarhus, Denmark. The next festival will take place the 10th-20th of June 2021.

The programme will consist of more than 150 events ranging from literary dinners and hair salons to traditional readings and debates. See info and photos from previous years here.

LiteratureXchange presents Danish and international authors, talks between researchers and authors about international topics and different offbeat activities all over the city.

Organisers: Aarhus Centre for Literature and Aarhus Public Libraries.

LiteratureXchange is sponsored by Aarhus Kommune, Danish Arts Foundation, Spar Nord Fonden, The Nordic Culture Fund, Koda, S. C. Van Fonden, Konsul George Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck's Fond, Europa-Nævnet and Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond.

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 worldview or put it in perspective?

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


A younger audience
In 2019 the festival established several pilot projects, focusing on greater diversity in age among the audience, co-creators and initiators. Building on these experiences, the festival 2021 will expand and develop further so even more young people can be included and attend the festival.

The Sustainable Development Goals 
During the next couple of years, the programme will be curated with inspiration from The Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.

Stronger communities 
Around 40% of the attendees go to events during the festival alone. We see a great potential in developing new concepts, which will support the creation of communities with literature as the main focus.

International collaborations
The festival excels by being very well-anchored at both the local and national level. In 2021 we look internationally for partners.


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. The tickets will go on sale in the beginning of spring 2021.

Time and place
The festival will take place the 10th to the 20th of June 2021 all over Aarhus. The main stages are Godsbanen, Dokk1 and the local libraries.

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. 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 The People's University (Folkeuniversitetet).

We always need extra hands. Contact volunteer coordinator Lisbet Knudsen, if you are interested in joining our 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 and responsible for PR and communication
Jette Sunesen, Aarhus Centre for Literature

Lise Kloster Gram, Aarhus Public Libraries

Lisbet Knudsen, Aarhus Centre for Literature


Al fysisk undervisning på Folkeuniversitetet er aflyst til og med den 5. april som følge af corona-situationen.