Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am delighted to welcome you to the 5th – but very first online – edition of the EU-China International Literature Festival.
We all have to live through these extraordinary times. We have had to leave our comfort zones and find creative and innovative ways to keep connected with each other. This has also been the case of the EU-China International Literature festival.
Moving this annual festival online does not only allow us to reach to listeners and readers all over China, it also demonstrates how highly we believe that culture can help to strengthen resilience during a crisis.
Therefore, the theme of this year’s Literature Festival is: “Recovery/Reflection复苏/省思.”
Literature can indeed help us to better understand the world around us. Books can remind us not to forget our values when times are getting rough. Reading can enable us to reflect how to turn a crisis into an opportunity, to steer the ship safely through stormy weathers into a brighter future.
We are pleased to announce that this year’s Literature Festival will again be able to display 27 excellent writers from every Member State of the European Union, who will have the opportunity to enter into dialogue with outstanding Chinese authors. The distinguished writers represent different literary traditions. They will promote cross-border intellectual interactions and nurture new artistic visions.
We are proud of our European cultural and linguistic diversity, and we want to make it widely available both to our long-term and new readers in China. For the first time, you will be able to follow some of the Festival events not only in English and Chinese, but also in various EU languages.
Finally, I would like to thank all our partners: the embassies of the European Union member states, the supporting publishing houses from China and Europe, the organisers of the Festival as well as all the writers from Europe and China who are contributing to the success of this Festival.
Let’s take the time to talk about a good book – please, do come and join us on this magnificent virtual literary journey.
H. E. Nicolas Chapuis, Ambassador of the European Union to China
Presented by the Delegation of the European Union to China and supported by the
EU Policy and Outreach Partnership Project (EUPOP) in China.