berlin reads

Ever since 2012, the opening evening of the ilb is preceded by “berlin reads”, a city-wide campaign where all bookworms and authors are encouraged to read a text they’ve chosen – or one recommended by ilb – at a place of their choice. In this way, a city-wide literature performance takes place as a warm-up to the festival and a welcome to our arriving authors.


Call for the City-Wide Reading Performance »berlin reads« on September 8, 2019 from 8.00 AM to 10.00 PM

This year, the international literature festival berlin will once again be kicked off in the company of Berlin literature enthusiasts and authors: We invite all interested parties – private persons as well as institutions – to read a prose text or a poem on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at a location of their choice. Inspiration can be found in the special themes of the 19th ilb: »Decolonizing Worlds II«, »Automatic Writing 2.0« and »About: Sex«. The literature performance begins at 8.00 a.m. and ends at 10.00 p.m.

Whoever organizes a reading for this event will receive a day ticket to the festival. You are also welcome to register with friends or family as a group.

The registered readings will be advertised on the ilb website.

How to Participate

You are free to choose the location for your reading – be it in the subway, in front of your own door, in a community center, at a bookstore, in your favorite café or kiosk, at a gallery, at a public space, next to an open-air pool or in a park.

The reading should last no longer than 30 minutes.

Readings can be in any language. When you register, please include what texts will be read and in what language.

Please register your reading at the latest by August 30, 2019, via (programm4[at]literaturfestival[dot]com).

To register and in order for your event to be announced on our website, we need the following information:

  • Your name
  • The title of the selected work
  • The name of the author
  • The location of the reading
  • The exact time of the reading
  • In which language the reading will take place


These are the berlin reads locations 2019:

Information coming soon.