Category: Projects


Brazil has been shaped by centuries of immigration from all continents. In the last years, the biggest South American state was repeatedly chosen as the destination of many refugees (for example Haitians after the earthquake in 2010). When compared to other South American countries, Brazil has taken in the most

Now available in bookshops: Refugees Worldwide 3

The third volume of our series “Refugees Worldwide” has now been published and is available in bookshops as a print or e-publication. Fifteen authors from Germany and abroad share their stories, dreams and visions, their own ideas of belonging and the political, media and social treatment of migration. Many thanks

Weather Stations

Weather Stations is an international project that placed literature and storytelling at the heart of discussions about climate change. Five partners in Berlin, Dublin, London, Melbourne and Warsaw each worked with a Writer in Residence to explore together how literature can inspire new ways of living in the context of the most

Literature for Africa

In 2008 the International Literature Festival Berlin launched the Literature for Africa Campaign. Our goal – over an intended period of ten years – is to facilitate the donation of books to libraries in Africa. Through this campaign, we hope to improve the state of African libraries and to foster and

Worldwide Screening

The “Worldwide Screenings” are screenings worldwide on internationally relevant political topics once or twice a year. They were initiated in 2020 by the Peter-Weiss-Stiftung für Kunst und Politik e.V. on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, 2020. Cultural institutions, cinemas, film festivals and interested persons

Voices on Racism. For George Floyd

Nach dem gewaltsamen Tod von George Floyd und weiteren Berichten über Opfer von After the violent death of George Floyd and further reports about victims of police brutality and systemic racism worldwide, we have called for the making of short films to raise a voice against racism. Numerous authors, activists


“What Matters” is a film project on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which the international literature festival launched and completed in 2017/2018. The film features 30 authors, actors, students, and pupils from different countries, each of whom reads one article of the famous declaration. Among others, it features Vivienne

Literature Behind Bars

Since 2002, internationally renowned guest authors of the ilb have visited Berlin prisons, free of charge, for an afternoon or evening during the festival where they read from their books and discuss them with prisoners.  Literature Behind Bars  2002-2019 14.09.2020, JVA für Frauen Lichtenberg: Lütfiye Güzel (Germany) 15.09.2020, JVA Heidering: Lukas

berlin reads

Since 2012, the opening of the ilb has been preceded by »berlin reads«, a city-wide campaign where all bookworms and authors are encouraged to read a text they’ve chosen – or one recommended by ilb – at a place of their choice. In this way, a city-wide literature performance takes

Guardian Angels

Hosting Project – Become a Guardian Angel! Dear friends of arts & letters, The festival team at the international literature festival berlin is currently preparing for the arrival of over 200 guests from all over the world who will come to Berlin for two weeks of readings, discussions, and debates. This

Science Year: Bioeconomy (2020/21)

Against the background of the climate crisis, a growing world population, and dwindling raw materials, the search for alter­native forms of economic activity is imperative. The bioeco­nomy is sustained by biological and renewable resources and thus creates a path away from a fossil fuel-driven economy. This brings new opportunities, but