The non-profit Association (founded in 2012) “alba. read Latin-America – Association for cultural exchange“ aims to make Latin-American literature accessible to a wider audience in Germany in order to increase intercultural communication processes and understanding and to enhance mutual tolerance and diverse exchange. These objectives are propagated through the regular staging of several literary events and, more importantly, through the bilingual, biannual alba magazine. Apart from introducing texts, some in their first publication, it also features illustrations of Latin-American artists.
ausland is a project space for performative arts. Since its 2002 foundation in Berlin, the ausland has established itself as an event and production venue for concerts, performances, readings, sound installations, movies, workshops, and discussions. A group of up to 10 volunteers run an average of three events per week. It stages its own series “lyrik im ausland” and thematic festivals (like “Alter Schwede”, in 2013), and works together with international cooperations (i.a. with the DAAD). The ausland lives on monetary and non-monetary resources. Its members consider it of major importance to stay independent from public subsidies or private sponsors in order to maintain their freedom of decision with regard to trends in cultural politics or theme related funds.
The Berlin Literary Action is a non-profit literary association based in Berlin. After occasional collaborations since 1997, a network of international literature activists (authors, translators, editors, literary scientists, organizers, and students) founded the association in 2005, chaired by author Martin Jankowski. The Berliner Literarische Aktion creates a public stage for national and international literature and produces and promotes various forms of multilingual, up-to-date presentations and performances. It supports genre-crossing art productions and international cultural exchange and has continually worked together with local and international partners, including educational institutions, embassies and cultural institutes.
The federal government and the city of Berlin agreed to form a “Capital Culture Fond” in line with the “Capital Culture Pact” in 1999 to fund individual projects and events that are significant for Berlin, hold a national and international impact or an innovative character. Financing is available for almost every area of cultural activity: architecture, design, exhibitions, visual arts, film series, literature, music, music theatre, performance art, dance, theatre and interdisciplinary projects which promote cultural exchange. The projects have to be realized and/or presented in Berlin. For 2016, the Hauptstadtkulturfonds has kindly granted support to Stadtsprachen.
KOOK is an independent network by artists for artists with the intention of providing a platform for exchange and debate to the manifold, exciting artistic streams and their protagonists. In this context, KOOK organizes readings, concerts, festivals, exhibitions and develops its own formats. A particular focus has been laid on the promotion of young artists. KOOK can rely on a close network within the Berlin independent scene and with the established cultural institutions, too. Apart from the reading series KOOKread, they have staged the International LAN-Festival for young literature and music for the third time.
La mer gelée is a bilingual literary magazine that was started as an online-project in 2000 by French and German authors; since 2004 it has appeared twice a year in a print version. The magazine’s intention is to present each focus topic from different angles and to go beyond the framework of literary speech patterns, adding philosphical, sociological or journalistic articles. Furthermore, all issues feature a cartoon by a visual artist. Every edition is printed in French and German – thanks to a network of diligent native speakers working closely together with the editorial office and the authors. Since 2004 la mer gelée has hosted francophone literary events with the Zadig bookshop, with the Institut Français Berlin, and the French embassy in cooperation with international literary festivals and groups of artists and musicians.
The Latinale is a mobile literary festival that sets out and approaches its audience directly in order to introduce them to young Latin-American poetry. Since 2006, Dr. Rike Bolte and Timo Berger, alongside with the Instituto Cervantes, have invited poets for a Latin-American festival that starts in Berlin and then moves on to other German, European and even Latin-American cities.
The literature house Lettrétage, amidst the vivid, creative district of Berlin-Kreuzberg, organizes local and international literature projects, symposiums and festivals with renowned partners around the world and in Berlin. They have made a name for themselves as unconventional presenters of literature in new formats, e.g. through initiating readings and lectures on Skype or choosing nontypical, untapped urban venues. The dissolution of the fixed roles of reading author versus listening audience and their committed interdisciplinary dialogue with fine art, music and danse, have contributed to make Lettrétage one of the most up-to-date hosts for contemporary and also for classical literature.
LITERATURPORT.de is a unique platform in the German-speaking world dedicated to promoting literature and connecting writers together. Since its inception in 2006 the website caters both to those who create, and those who appreciate literature.
mikrotext is a digital publisher for compact texts on complex issues founded in Berlin in 2013. Every three months they publish two thematically linked e-books, focussing on new literary texts that state and comment on current topics and allow a view into future perspectives. The texts are inspired by discussions on social media platforms and reflect today’s global debates. All texts are published in German, but selected titles are available in English or in printed format.
SAND is an English literary journal printed bi-annually in Berlin, featuring prose and poetry as well as translations, art, and photography. They collaborate with musicians, literary festivals, and artist cooperatives to hold regular events in the city. They seek to offer a printed space for art and literature in Berlin’s international community and beyond.
The Reader Berlin has what all writers seek: a careful and judicious eye. With a background in education and the arts and a working relationship with London’s literary establishment, The Reader offers a range of author and publishing services. Founded by Victoria Gosling in 2010, The Reader soon evolved from what was initially an editing house offering manuscript assessments to become the lively, diverse entity it is today. Alongside their editing services and an ever-expanding list of evening courses, the Reader Berlin also offer intensive courses, one-day workshops and since July 2014, they stage their very own weekend literary festivals.