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PARATAXE Presentation

PANDA-Theater (Kulturbrauerei) (Knaackstraße 97, 10435 Berlin)

PARATAXE presentation: What languages does Berlin write in? Berlin authors who write in languages other than German will be introduced in discussions, lectures and translations. The upcoming event presents Sonia Solarte (Colombia/Berlin) and Ian Orti (Canada/Berlin) with texts translated solely for this evening.

Sonia Solarte was born in Cali, Colombia, where she worked as a teacher, psychotherapist, voice actress and cultural appointee. She has lived in Berlin since 1988. From 1991 until 2013, she worked as coordinator of the Intercultural Women’s Centre S.U.S.I. in Berlin. Since 1992, Sonia Solarte sings in the »Orquesta Burundanga«, which came to be known as the first all-women salsa band of Berlin. In 2009, she founded the “Trio Sol Arte”. Sonia Solarte has participated in various literature and poetry festivals. Her poems have been published in numerous national and international anthologies, literary magazines and journals in several Latin American and European countries.

Ian Orti was born in Canada to Ecuadorian and Irish parents. He is the author of the award-winning books “The Olive and the Dawn”, and “L (and things come apart)”, as well as his most recent story collection “Royal Mountain City Fugue”. His short stories and poetry have been published in journals across North America and Europe and his first book was published in French with Les Editions Allusifs. Orti was featured in the Big Small documentary series for the Pop Montreal music festival by Australian director Tim Kelly and is a former columnist for McSweeneys in the US and Matrix Magazine in Canada. He has lived in Berlin since 2011 where he is working on his next novel. We are going to present excerpts from Orti’s English texts in German for the first time.

Admission: 5/3 €

Joint organizer of this event: SAND – berlin’s english literary journal (

PARATAXE (supported by the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa) and stadtsprachen magazin ( jointly introduce the current multilingual authors and literary scenes of Berlin.

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