EU-China International Literary Festival deepens cultural ties

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/11/26 5:03:40

EU Ambassador to China Hans Dietmar Schweisgut during the launch Photo: Yin Yeping/GT

The inaugural launch of the EU-China International Literary Festival was held at the office of the Delegation of the European Union to China on November 21, officially opening the EU-China International Literary Festival which runs from November 21 to 24 in Beijing and from 25 to 27 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.

Twenty-eight award-winning authors from the EU and China were invited to lead public discussions, featuring insights into their lives, works, and the unique characteristics of their literary traditions.

The festival is the first in a series of literary events that form a part of the two-year Experience Europe initiative which aims to introduce the culture, institutions, and people of the EU to Chinese audiences.

Speaking at the event, EU Ambassador to China Hans Dietmar Schweisgut said the eight prominent European authors selected to represent their countries at the historic event hail from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, and Slovakia and were proud to be joined by writers from all across China.

"In both Beijing and Chengdu, the festival will involve a series of literary events and discussions where [the authors] can exchange ideas, engage with readers and audiences, and celebrate the diversity of European and Chinese culture," he said.

The literary festival discussed topics including the life of a writer, the meaning of literary diversity and the transformation of literary media in the digital age. It also provided Chinese with an opportunity to witness how diversity plays into story formation and how the interplay of cultures produces even more richness and complexity in the authors' works

Lu Min, a winner of prestigious awards including the Zhuang Zhongwen Literary Award and the People's Literary Award and one of the Chinese authors participating in the festival, said, "Writing requires solitude, yet writers also need to blend and to be stirred. I am very much looking forward to meeting the eight authors visiting from Europe, for in the face of a complex and fascinating world we have a common viewfinder: literature."


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