ILFU 2023: September 23 - October 7
A new ILFU edition is on its way! 'What's the story' is this year's motto and you'll here great minds and terrific writers such as Maggie Nelson, Jeanette Winterson, Ali Smith, Philippe Claudel, Georgi Gospodinov, Kamila Shamsie, Nora Ikstena, Julie Myerson, Shannon Chakraborty talk about the stories and books they have recently published. English spoken events will be collected on this page.
The Dutch Poetry Night on tour! We are looking for one thousand poets and poetry readers to recite poems at the 1,000 Poets marathon between 24 September and 7 October 2023. This year will mark the 40th edition of the Netherlands’ best-loved poetry festival, the Dutch Poetry Night. To celebrate, ILFU is going all-out with a wildly megalomaniacal two-week extravaganza, 1,000 Poets. You can sign up here to recite a poem during the marathon. Either read one of your own works or recite a poem from a poet you admire, in the language of your choosing.
By covering many genres, we aim to make it a festival for everyone who identifies themselves as a ‘reader’, regardless of someone’s genre of preference. Many people, however, do not describe themselves as readers, but yet do enjoy films or Netflix series based on books, listen to the lyrics of musicians such as Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan or visit operas and plays that without literature would not have existed. To reset the boundaries of literature and thereby reaching new audiences, the ILFU festival teams up with the Dutch Film Festival, music festival Le Guess Who?, TivoliVredenburg Concert Hall and the Municipal Theatre.
Because of its broad focus, the festival also covers and supports the entire Dutch publishing industry: a book market at Utrecht’s central square offers hundreds of publishers and booksellers an opportunity to present themselves and connect to audiences. In the two weeks that follow, the ILFU Festival aims to give literature the pivotal place in society and public space it deserves: right in the center of the city of Utrecht, a UNESCO City of Literature, that in turn is situated right in the heart of the Netherlands.
Online Literature Platform
In 2022, ILFU reinvented itself as an allround organization for literature, not only organizing public events, but also offering a range of courses in writing and reading (the ILFU Academy) and building an online presence on its digital platform ilfu.com. Most of the daily literary content we share on our platform is in Dutch, but you’ll also find English spoken clips of interviews with international writers, recorded during previous editions of ILFU. In the first months after the launch of the platform, we already found 1,000+ supporters of our cause and still encourage people to join our movement. Together we show that fiction matters and distribute as many literary voices as possible.