Bergen International Literary Festival has invited festivals and literature centres worldwide to create literary programmes on their own stages with their selected authors and other artists. They are live and direct from midday to midnight – non-stop!
All partners show a brief video where they present their town, culture and literature. Bergen and the world are then linked up by presenters Siss Vik and Mona B Riise on stage, who will have an introductory chat with the host in the relevant city. The literary programme follows for the enjoyment of audiences both locally and in the Bergen House of Literature, as well as for everyone worldwide who wants to follow it, completely free, on their own screens.
The French city Lyon will be part of this live show at 20.00, with the Villa Gillet, France’s center for international writers. Their program will be centered around French women writers, by presenting Joy Sorman, Virginie Despentes and Fatima Daas. The director of Villa Gillet, Lucie Campos, will be discussing live from Lyon with Sorman about her new book. This will be followed by readings of Despentes and Daas, by actresses Camelia Jordana and Anna Mouglalis.
The route is as follows (UTC +1): 12.00 Bergen, Norway, 13.00 Perth, Australia, 14.00 Kabul, Afghanistan, 15.00 Jaipur, India, 16.00 Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17.00 Lagos, Nigeria, 18.00 Buenos Aires, Argentina, 19.00 Edinburgh, Scotland, 20.00 Lyon, France 21.00, Berkeley, USA, 22.00 Toronto, Canada, 23.00 Treasure Beach, Jamaica.
In collaboration with Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK).