Dates 2020: 27th - 30th AugustThe Erlangen Poetry Festival has been taking place at the end of August for more than 30 years. With a wealth of events dealing with current literature, the long weekend is regarded as one of the most popular literature festivals in the German-speaking world and as an unofficial prelude to the German Autumn Book Festival. More than 80 writers, publicists and literary critics come together to attend readings, talks and discussions.
The long reading afternoons on Saturdays and Sundays in the Erlangen Palace Gardens are the focal point of the Erlangen Poetry Festival. Many important new publications are read in public for the first time and are then discussed with notable literary critics such as Maike Albath, Verena Auffermann, Michael Braun, Wilfried F. Schoeller, Hajo Steinert and Florian Felix Weyh. The “Junge Podium” (Young Podium) presents current children’s and young person’s literature in readings of well-known authors as well as an attractive fringe programme for children and young people.
Author portraits which present internationally renowned authors in readings and discussions are held in the evenings in the baroque Margravial Theatre. Talks and discussions on literary, social and cultural-political topics are a further important part of the programme.
As an open workshop of leading translators, the Erlangen Translators’ Workshop provides insights into the appeal of literary translation. Every two years (in uneven years) as part of the Poetry Festival, the Cultural Foundation of Erlangen awards the “Erlangen Literary Prize for Poetry as Translation” which is endowed with 5000 euros.
The book art exhibition “Druck & Buch” (“Printing & Books”) presents bibliophilic treasures and further exhibitions and varied supporting events round off the programme of the Erlangen Poetry Festival.
The idyllic palace gardens in the centre of the town, the Margravial Theatre – Southern Germany’s oldest baroque theatre still giving performances – and the historical Masquerade Hall are the main event venues of this literary event held in late summer.
- Palace gardens
- Margravial Theatre
- Masquerade Hall
- Orangery in the palace gardens
- among others