Worldwide Reading in Solidarity with Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Platon Lebedev and all Political Prisoners in Russia on 25th October 2013

The international literature festival berlin (ilb) launches an appeal to artists and intellectuals, schools and universities, radio and TV stations, theatres and other cultural institutions to participate in a worldwide reading in solidarity with Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Platon Lebedev and all political prisoners in Russia. The reading will take place on Friday, 25 October 2013, the […]

Worldwide Reading for Li Bifeng on 4th June 2013

In light of the continuing imprisonment of Li Bifeng, the international literature festival berlin (ilb) is calling artists and intellectuals, schools and universities, radio and TV stations, theatres and other cultural institutions to join us for a worldwide reading in solidarity with Li Bifeng to take place on the 4th of June 2013. APPEAL Dear […]

Worldwide Reading for Pussy Riot on 12th December 2012

In the past weeks the Russian judiciary has missed the chance to end the infamous prosecution of Pussy Riot. The sentence in the first instance as such, and the fact that there was a trial at all, is a disgrace! It is another example of how Putin’s system is trying to shut up a whole […]

Worldwide Reading against the Assad Regime on 23rd April 2012

The international literature festival berlin (ilb) invites intellectuals, authors and artists, cultural institutions, schools and universities, radio- and television channels to participate in a worldwide reading on April 23rd 2012, the World Book Day. With the reading and a minute of silence the dead shall be commemorated, solidarity with the opponents of the Assad regime […]

Worldwide Reading for the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo on 20th March 2012

After drafting the Charta 08 with other dissidents, Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to seven years in prison on the flimsy accusation that he had “undermined state authority”. In response, the international literature festival berlin (ilb) has once again called for another worldwide reading in support of the Nobel Laureate on 20 March 2012, the anniversary […]

Worldwide Reading in Memory of Heinrich von Kleist on 21th November 2011

The international literature festival berlin (ilb) and the German Heinrich von Kleist Society are calling for cultural institutions, schools, radio stations and anyone who is interested to organise a worldwide reading of the works of the German author Heinrich von Kleist on 21 November 2011, the 200th anniversary of his death. APPEAL The international literature […]

Worldwide Reading for the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo on 20th March 2011

Liu Xiaobo is currently the world’s only winner of the Nobel Peace Prize still held in detention. In 2009, after co-authoring ‘Charter 08’, a manifesto calling for greater freedoms and democracy in China, Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to eleven years in prison on a spurious charge of “inciting subversion of state power”. His continued imprisonment […]

Worldwide Reading for Liao Yiwu on 4th June 2010

The international literature festival berlin (ilb) calls for cultural institutions, schools, radio stations and interested parties to participate in a worldwide reading of prose and poems by the Chinese author Liao Yiwu on June 4th 2010. This day is the anniversary of the massacre at Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989 during which roughly 2,600 […]

Worldwide Reading for Democracy and Freedom in Iran on 16th September 2009

APPEAL The international literature festival berlin (ilb) is appealing to cultural institutions, theatre, radio stations, and interested parties to participate in a worldwide reading of the Ayatollah Montazeri’s fatwa on the 16th of September. The aim of the coordinated events and campaigns will be to express unmistakable solidarity with the democratic opposition in Iran and […]

Worldwide Reading on the Anniversary of the Political Lie on 20th March 2008

For the third time the Peter Weiss Foundation for Art and Politics calls upon cultural institutions, theatres and interested individuals to join in a worldwide reading on March 20th, the anniversary of the political lie. The essay “In Memory of the Forgotten” by the Chinese writer Lu Xun (1881-1936) will be read. APPEAL For the […]

Worldwide Reading in Memory of Mahmoud Darwish on 5th October 2008

The international literature festival berlin (ilb) is appealing for a worldwide reading of Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry on 5 October 2008. The activities accompanying this event are designed not only to honour the poet’s body of work but also his commitment to promoting peaceful and fair coexistence between Arabs and Israelis. This appeal is directed at […]

Worldwide Reading for Democracy and Media Freedom in Zimbabwe on 9th September 2007

APPEAL The human rights abuses in Zimbabwe go back to the early 80s, when Robert Mugabe implemented the Gukurahundi operation – the bloody murder of more than 20.000 Ndebele people. Since 2000 he has been responsible for the eviction of white farmers from their land, actions which have led to corn shortages and, consequently, to […]