Call to take part in the »berlin liest« reading performance on the situation of refugees and asylum-seekers to launch the 15th international literature festival berlin on 9 September 2015

What words and images can cast light on the fate of refugees and asylum-seekers?

On September 9th, the beginning of the festival, the ilb, together with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, would like to invite all Berliners to read literary texts on the following theme: the situation of refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe and around the world. For this purpose, we will provide a brochure with texts. Starting August 20th, you can find on our homepage a PDF file containing an overview of texts that have been written by international authors on this topic. However, you can still read your own creation or text that is thematically appropriate.

Every participant will receive a day ticket for ilb (subject to availability).

As part of »berlin liest« there will be a reading at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele from 10 a.m. on. The book »Neue Heimat« by Marina Naprushkina will be presented. It shows the situation of refugees in Berlin.

The choice of the reading location is entirely up to you: it can take place in an underground or train station, on your doorstep, in a public square, in a park or on Unter den Linden. The reading should take between 5 and 15 minutes.

If you want to read in a foreign language – wonderful! Please inform us about the language you will be reading in.

We would be delighted to count you among our participants. We need the following information – by August 30th:
● your name
● the title of the work you will be reading from
● the author's name
● the exact place of your reading
● the exact time of your reading

One week before the festival starts we will announce all the readings on our website and on Facebook.

Please send us an e-mail to or mail to internationales literaturfestival berlin, berlin liest, Chausseestr. 5, 10115 Berlin or per Fax at 27 87 86 85.