The first edition of the new annual International Literature Festival Utrecht (ILFU) will take place from 15 to 29 September at various locations throughout Utrecht. The ILFU is being organised and produced by Het Literatuurhuis (The House of Literature) and combines existing formulas such as the Night of Poetry with new events, offering a mixed programme ranging from world classics to young adult. The festival is supported by the Dutch Foundation for Literature with a multi-year subsidy.
The ILFU kicks off on the opening of the cultural season in Utrecht, with highlights including a book market at Vredenburg Square, and culminates with The Night of Poetry. In the intervening weeks many famous writers, poets, musicians and theater makers will perform in the city. Among them are famous authors such as Salman Rushdie, Lisa Halliday, Julian Barnes and Paolo Cognetti, whose novel The Eight Mountainsis shortlisted for the European Literature Prize.
Utrecht UNESCO City of Literature
In November 2017, Utrecht was crowned UNESCO City of Literature. This title is awarded to cities all over the world that not only have a long and impressive literary history, but also have a lively literary climate today. With this title Utrecht has joined a network of 28 cities that work together to promote literature.