LiteratureXchange is an international literature festival in Aarhus. Do to the COVID19-situation the third edition will not be held in 2020, but in june 2021. 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 info and photos from the other festival years 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.

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 is in 2021 sponsored by Aarhus Kommune, Danish Arts Council, Spar Nord Fonden, Axel Muusfeldt Fonden, KODA, S. C. Van Fonden, Jorck's Fond, Aage og Johanne Louise Hansen Fond samt Europa-nævnet.

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.


More young people
In 2019 the festival established several smaller pilot projects, focussing on young people as members of the audience, co-creators and initiators. Taking from the great experiences we gained in 2019, the festival 2020 will expand and develop further so even more young people can be included and will attend the festival.

The Global Goals of the UN
During the next couple of years, the programme will be formed around the Global Goals of the UN. The Global Goals is chosen with the ambition to empathize and prioritize the focus of the festival onto how literature can give nuanced insight to current issues. 

More communities
From the evaluation of the festival it seems that up to 40% of the attendants go to events of the festival alone. We see great potential in developing a line of new concepts, which will support the potential for communities and new relations with literature as the main focus.

International Collaborations
The festival excels by being heavily anchored at the local and international efforts of its many collaborating partners. In 2020 we look towards the opportunities of finding collaborating partners outside of Danish borders, especially Manchester Literature Festival. In that way the festival supports the ambition of a cultural collaboration between Aarhus, Aalborg and Manchester.


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