Louisiana has always had a very special relationship with the written and spoken word. Since 2010 this has materialized in a yearly literature festival that has gained international acclaim.
The Louisiana Literature festival made its debut in 2010 and proved a great succes from the very outset. A yearly event it brings together international and Danish writers who perform, interact and meet their audience on stages inside the museum and in the Louisiana park.
For 2020 the festival remains on hold, though the museum’s commitment to the world of literature has taken the form of a series of literary events in the Sculpture Park during summer. Furthermore a series of portrait films of renowned Danish authors is set for autumn release in collaboration with Louisiana Channel.
C.L. Davids Fond og Samling supports Louisiana Literature
Where literature begins
In a new series of film portraits you will get a closer look at some of Danish literature's great voices. Each writer share their thoughts on literature from where it all begins - around Denmark, Iceland and Greenland.
The 12 films are produced by the literary festival Louisiana Literature and will be published gradually through November at Louisiana Channel.
A DECADE ON STAGE...
Shahrnush Parsipur, László Krasznahorkai, Sjón, Rachel Cusk, Michel Houellebecq, Robert Crumb, Claudia Rankine, Elif Shafak...
Sally Rooney, CAConrad, Hiromi Itō, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Delphine de Vigan, Georgi Gospodinov, Javier Marías, Anne Carson...
Paul Auster, Chris Kraus, Svetlana Alexievich, Eileen Myles, Siri Hustvedt, Péter Nádas, Colson Whitehead, Laurie Anderson...
Julian Barnes, Erica Jong, Hanya Yanagihara, Claudio Magris, Linn Ullmann, Nell Zink, Karl Ove Knaugsård, Olga Tokarczuk...
Richard Ford, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Colm Toíbín, Rachel Kushner, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Vladimir Sorokin, Yan Lianke...
Herta Müller, Teju Cole, Lydia Davis, James McBride, Alaa Al-Aswany, Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Atwood...
Per Petterson, Colum McCann, Zadie Smith, Tomomi Adachi, Sofie Oksanen, Erland Loe, Ian McEwan, Jenny Hval...
Patti Smith, Nicole Krauss, Anne Carson, Jeffrey Eugenides, Linn Ullmann, Allan Hollinghurst, Jonathan Safran Foer...
Marilynne Robinson, DBC Pierre, Gary Shteyngart, Junot Díaz, Daniel Grossman, Adonis, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie...
Sofi Oksanen, Günter Grass, Tomas Espedal, Ali Smith, Kevin Vennemann, Sara Stridsberg, Kerstin Ekman, Karl Ove Knausgård...
A four-day tightly packed programme makes it almost impossible to include everything, but luckily the festival has a long 'afterlife' on Louisiana Channel where many of the authors, who have been guests at Louisiana Literature, are featured.
For performances on stage or in-depth talks with Michel Houellebecq, Ben Okri, Zadie Smith, Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood, Patti Smith, Richard Ford, Svetlana Alexievich and many more please follow the link below
LOUISIANA AND LITERATURE
Literature has always had a place at Louisiana. Through the years the museum has welcomed authors and hosted literary events, just as it has made room for music and architecture. Previously, Nordic poetry days were held and in the 1980s Louisiana gave Eastern European dissident authors a place to speak freely. It was also at Louisiana that Salman Rushdie appeared in public in 1992 – for the first time since the fatwa calling for his assassination was issued.
Thus Louisiana Literature upholds a strong tradition. The event keeps the museum engaged in the world of literature, and at the same time the festival emphasizes great literature and its necessity.