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The European Delegation to China is delighted to announce The 2nd EU-China International Literary Festival.

The 2nd EU-China International Literary Festival will bring leading writers from all across the European Union to China in a celebration of books, writers and readers. European and Chinese writers will gather to showcase their combined wealth of literary talents, discuss their craft, and share ideas and experiences.


Dear Friends,


It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the second edition of the EU-China International Literary Festival, which is being held in Shanghai and Suzhou from 21-27 May, 2018.

This year we have invited outstanding European authors from eleven countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain. Together with 26 well-known and aspiring Chinese writers from Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing and Hangzhou, they will engage in a series of literary events and discussions with readers and audiences, and celebrate the diversity of European and Chinese culture.

Literature is at the heart of the European way of life. The festival will be an opportunity to encourage people, especially young people, to explore Europe and China's cultural heritage and to reflect on the place that personal exchanges occupy in all our lives. In this, our festival coincides with the EU-China Year of Tourism and the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

We would like to thank all our partners who made this event happen, particularly the embassies and consulates general of the EU member states, the various participating venues in Shanghai and Suzhou, including the Department for Culture and Education of German Consulate General Shanghai and The Bookworm, and of course the wonderful writers from Europe and China who will grace this festival.

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Hans Dietmar Schweisgut,

Ambassador of the European Union to China

Upcoming Events

When Less is More: The Beauty and the Brawn of Short Fiction

Speakers: Dace Vigante, Indrek Hargla, Teng Xiaolan, Zhu Wenying
Short fiction is enjoying something of a global resurgence in recent years. The 2013 Nobel Prize in literature went to Canadian short-story writer Alice Munro, and over the past few…

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To a Poet Nothing can be Useless

Speakers: Aleš Šteger, Jaime Santirso, Mu Ye, Zhang Dinghao
The writer Samuel Johnson said that “to a poet nothing can be useless.” He argued that whatever is beautiful and whatever is dreadful must be familiar to the poet’s imagination,…

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Quarrying for Ideas

Speakers: Christian Y. Schmidt, Colombe Schneck, Huang Dehai, Xue Shu
How do writers quarry for ideas to feed into their works and strive to tap rich, creative veins? What type of research do they undertake, and at what point do…

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