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The Delegation of the European Union to China is delighted to announce The 6th EU-China International Literary Festival will take place from 27 November - 19 December 2021.

The 6th 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 online to showcase their combined wealth of literary talents, discuss their craft, and share ideas and experiences.

 

 

Welcoming Remarks from the Ambassador

Dear Readers, dear Literary Friends,

I am pleased to welcome you to the by now 6th – yet once again online – edition of the EU-China Literary Festival.

Our EU-China Literary Festival is the place where European authors enter into a creative dialogue with their Chinese counterparts. The featured writers from the EU and from China nurture new artistic visions through unique cross-border intellectual dialogues.

In keeping with the tradition of exploring every year a different angle pertaining to the world of literature and creative writing, we dedicate this year's Festival to the diversity and creativity of women writers across the EU and China.

This sixth edition of the EU-China Literary Festival has invited leading female novelists, short story writers, poets, screenwriters, non-fiction writers, playwrights, and spoken word performers from the EU and from China to discuss their work, their creative ideas and the world that inspires them.

Putting the spotlight on female writers gives audiences the chance to discover the extraordinary value attached to women's writing and cultural production: a value, which has long been ignored and which has only gradually gained recognition over the last century. There is no better moment than now to highlight the contribution of women and women's writing to shaping and enriching our culture and our civilisation. At this critical moment of change, women's engagement in the economic and social recovery of today's world is essential.

With your eyes and  ears, through articles, videos and podcasts, you are invited to dive into the world of books and inspiring written words and explore the cultural perception of women about today's world. Let us celebrate together the value of literature in our lives and encourage the aspiring women writers in Europe and China.

Our Festival would not be a success without the support of our partners and friends. I would like to thank the 27 embassies of the European Union Member States, the organisers of the Festival, as well as all the outstanding writers from across the EU and China who are contributing to the artistic wealth of this Festival.

I invite you to lean back, reflect, read between the lines and try to see the world "Through Women’s Eyes – 女性视角".

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.

Upcoming Events

EU-China-litfest 01: Writing Lives

Speakers:
David Wagner (Germany), Liu Zhenyun (China)   Thursday, November 12. 7.30pm Beijing Time We proudly launch the 5th EU-China International Literary Festivals with two esteemed writers who have had extremely…

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EU-China-litfest 02: A Sense of Home

Speakers:
Colm Tóibín (Ireland), Bi Feiyu (China)   Saturday, November 14. 12noon Beijing Time Since time immemorial authors have grappled with fluctuating concepts of home – examining what it might truly…

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EU-China-litfest 03: A Frame of Mind: Creating from a Child’s Perspective

Speakers:
Anti Saar (Estonia), Zhen Zhen (China)   Saturday, November 14. 5 pm Beijing Time Seeing the world through the lens of a child is something that children’s authors and illustrators…

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Sample Writings

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