LiteratureXchange is a new international literature festival in Aarhus spanning 10 days from the 14th to the 24th of June 2018.

The programme will consist of around 100 events with everything from literature at the waterfront to literary dinners, in addition to traditional readings and debates. 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 will be present throughout Aarhus with open-air events, in theatres, cafés and several other cultural institutions.

Organisers: Aarhus Centre for Literature, Aarhus Public Libraries and People's University (Folkeuniversitetet) in Aarhus.

LiteratureXchange is sponsored by Aarhus Kommune, Danish Arts Council and Spar Nord Fonden.

International perspective
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.


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 is no ticket for the entire festival, but there are package deals several events available. There will also be several free events.

Time and place
The festival will be held for the first time the 14th to the 24th of June 2018 and will take place on many of Aarhus' already established venues. The main stages are Godsbanen, Dokk1, local libraries and ARoS.

LiteratureXchange has magasin with all the events of the festival. A version with events only in foreign language has been produced as well. You can see these events on FOREIGN LANGUAGES. The programme will be distributed to households in Aarhus and all events will be shown on this website and 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 collaborate with a wide range of organisations in Aarhus, among some are Kristian F. Møller, 365TEKSTER, Aarhus Domprovsti and Løve's Bog og Vincafé and publishers such as Silkefyret, Klim and Modtryk.

NorthLit is a new Nordic Literature Festival, which takes place in Aarhus, 20th -24th June 2018. It is an independent part of the Aarhus International Literature Festival - LiteratureXchange. The festival is organized by Testrup Højskole, Litteraturen på Scenen (LIPS) and Aarhus Litteraturcenter. 

NorthLit will take place at ARoS, Testrup Højskole and Godsbanen.

Each time the festival is held, will the focus be on a new area or focal point in the world, and in 2018 it is the Middle East and North Africa. Arabic literature has a long and rich tradition, which we do not know in Denmark, mainly because so few authors are translated. We wish to change this, with this festival – this summit between Arabic and Nordic literature.

For more information about program, registration and other information, visit the website: northlit.dk

LiteratureXchange on social media
You can follow LiteratureXchange on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

You are always welcome to contact us:

Lise Kloster Gram, Aarhus Public Libraries: lkg@aarhus.dk
Jette Sunesen, Aarhus Centre for Literature: jette@litteraturen.nu

PR & communication
Noa Kjærsgaard Hansen, People's University (Folkeuniversitetet): nkh@fuau.dk

Lisbet Knudsen, Aarhus Centre for Literature: lisbet@litteraturen.nu

General information
Noa Kjærsgaard Hansen, People's University (Folkeuniversitetet): nkh@fuau.dk


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