Teju Cole, Philipp Meyer, Olga Grjasnowa, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Felicitas Hoppe, Kim Thúy, Merethe Lindström, Dy Plambeck, Monika Fagerholm, Svetlana Aleksijevitj, Taiye Selasi, Jan Kjærstad, Judith Schalansky & Karin Mamma Andersson.
International guests are announced & more events to be presented in September
The first edition of Stockholm Literature will feature several prominent international names: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Svetlana Aleksijevitj, Teju Cole, Monika Fagerholm, Olga Grjasnowa, Felicitas Hoppe, Jan Kjærstad, Merethe Lindström, Gu Lei, Arne Lygre, Philipp Meyer, Dy Plambeck, Judith Schalansky, Taiye Selasi, Kim Thúy and Chen Xiaoling. A total of 13 authors and three playwrights.
For two days, their works will be juxtaposed with art, theatre and science,
in discussions, readings and performances at Moderna Museet. Read more about the 12 events in the
Auditorium. The moderators will include Karin Mamma Andersson, Josette Bushell-Mingo, Sigrid Combüchen, Lars Gustafsson, Carsten Höller, Marcus Lindeen, Linda Olsson, Suzanne Osten and Irina Sandomirskaja.
“It has been wonderful combining text and image for this festival programme, two worlds that make up my life," says Margareta Petersson, one of
the two initiators of Stockholm Literature.
Festival passes are available (SEK 199) at
ticnet.se. Tickets can also be bought for the twelve discussions at the Moderna Museet Auditorium (SEK 65). These tickets are only valid together with a festival pass.
The entire programme of events will be announced on 17 September and will include several surprises, for instance performances of works that have never been staged before, with a focus on poetry and translation, contemporary playwrights in association with Dramaten&, and film screenings. These events are included in the festival pass.
“My ambition is to merge literature with performance, textual interventions, guided tours and art films. This is just part of the programme. The rest will be announced on 17 September,” says Catrin Lundqvist, curator at Moderna Museet.
The programme has been prepared by the initiators and project managers of Stockholm Literature, Margareta Petersson and Stefan Ingvarsson, together with Moderna Museet curator Catrin Lundqvist. Events will be in English,
Russian, German, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish, or interpreted into Swedish.
For more information about the programme and the festival, please contact:
Stefan Ingvarsson on +46 (0)73 568 75 70
For questions about Stockholm Literature and Moderna Museet, please contact: Kristin Ek, press officer, +46 709 52 23 62
High-resolution pictures of the guest writers and project managers and the festival logo are available here:
Moderna Museet Press
Stockholm Literature was initiated and developed by Margareta Petersson and Stefan Ingvarsson, who met while working on a Strindberg exhibition in spring 2012. Margareta, who has a diverse background as a producer and project manager for exhibitions and stage productions, had been contemplating an idea for a
festival inspired by Louisiana Literature in Denmark. Meanwhile, Stefan was in the process of leaving his job at a publishing company to engage in talks on literature. They both felt that Stockholm needed a major literary event, where translated literature, which is increasingly hard to promote to readers, could be introduced. But an equally important objective was to combine different artistic disciplines in talks, performances and readings. When their concept was presented to Moderna
Museet’s management, the Museum was eager to be a key partner and host the festival. In order to get the planning process of the ground and start applying for funding, a non-profit organisation was set up, Stockholms Litteraturfestival, with a board of directors consisting of Kerstin M Lundberg, Anders Bodegård, Magnus Florin, Ann-Sofi Noring and Yukiko Duke. The project was named Stockholm Literature l Moderna Museet. Moderna Museet appointed its curator, Catrin Lundqvist, to represent the
Museum in the event programming process.
Stockholm Literature | Moderna Museet is organised by the non-profit organisation Stockholms Litteraturfestival, with Moderna Museet as its key partner. The other partners are: Albert Bonniers Förlag, Atlantis, Ersatz, Natur & Kultur, Norstedts, Pequod, Rámus, Sekwa, Wahlström & Widstrand, Weyler, Dramaten& and the Friends of Moderna Museet. The festival is supported by: The City of Stockholm, the Swedish Arts Council, the Swedish Academy, the
Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Goethe-Institut Schweden, the Canadian Embassy and the Norwegian Embassy.