European Literature Days

The European Literature Days are an outstanding literature festival which is held every autumn. In the unique ambiance of Wachau, Europe’s leading literary personalities meet for a weekend of networking and exchange of ideas. An interested audience engages with European literature and meets internationally renowned writers as well as enjoying the exceptional hospitality of Wachau.

The European Literature Days involve Writer Q&A discussions about topical themes of the moment, readings and dialogues about selected books as well as concerts, fine food and wine tastings, plus special tours of the art-historical highlights of the Wachau region.

The agenda also includes workshops and readings for young people in schools and at the Karikaturmuseum Krems. The cooperation with eljub European Youth Meetings makes a valuable addition to the European Literature Days with innovative forms of engaging with literature.

The European Literature Days were approved in 2017 by the European Festivals Association as an exceptional European festival and awarded the EFFE Label.


European Literature Days 2018
November 22 - 25, 2018

Robert Menasse returns with an international guest to open the debate on a contemporary theme. Ilija Trojanow will receive the Austrian Book Trade Honorary Award for Tolerance in Thought and Action in a special matinee. Plus, many more internationally established writers and filmmakers will be present on this weekend before Advent in Spitz and Stein an der Donau: from 22 to 25 November 2018, Wachau will be the centre of European literature for the tenth year.


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