European Literature Days 2018

European Literature Days 2018: November 22 – 25, Spitz an der Donau.

For the tenth successive year, Europe’s literary community gets together in the unique ambiance of Wachau for a weekend of intellectual debate and to introduce exceptional books. From 22 to 25 November, you can look forward to a special anniversary occasion: writers and film directors discuss the relationship of literature and film. Alongside the entertaining literary, musical and gastronomic events, we also present several film screenings.


Thursday, November 22

19:30   |   Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche
How is the World Educated?
Robert Menasse (Vienna) in conversation with Richard David Precht (Cologne)

Tickets EUR 10,-/8,-


Friday, November 23

09:00   |   Schloss zu Spitz
Welcome address and introduction to the headline theme
(Un)Happy Love – A Tangled Web of Happiness. Narrative in Literature and Film
Walter Grond, Artistic Director of Literaturhaus Europa
Free admission

09:15   |   Schloss zu Spitz
A Tangled Web of Happiness
Writers/Filmmakers: Katharina Hacker (Berlin), Răzvan Rădulescu (Bucharest)
Moderator: Rosie Goldsmith (London)
Free admission, booking required

11:00   |   Schloss zu Spitz
Where is Real Life? Where is the Novel?
Writers/Filmmakers: Tim Krohn (Santa Maria Val Müstair/CH), André Schreuders (Rotterdam)
Moderator: Carl Henrik Fredriksson (Vienna)
Free admission, booking required

12:30   |   Schloss zu Spitz
Lunch (Booking essential, meal vouchers are available at the venue)

15:00   |   Kino im Kesselhaus Krems
Romantic Locations
Writers/Filmmakers: Ildikó Enyedi (Budapest), Jasmila Žbanić (Sarajevo)
Moderator: Carl Henrik Fredriksson (Vienna)
Free admission, booking required

16:30   |   Kino im Kesselhaus Krems
(Un)Happy Love
Writers/Filmmakers: Olivia Hetreed (London), Kathrin Resetarits (Vienna)
Moderator: Rosie Goldsmith (London)
Free admission, booking required

19:00   |   Schloss zu Spitz
Dinner (Booking essential, meal vouchers are available at the venue)

20:00 Uhr   |   Schloss zu Spitz
Literary-Musical Soirée
Writer: Vea Kaiser (Vienna)
Musicians: Sain Mus – Clemens Sainitzer/cello and Philipp Erasmus/guitar

Tickets EUR 16,- / 14,-


Saturday, November 24

09:30   |   Schloss zu Spitz
From Salzlagerstätte to Hinterhaus Castle Ruin
Walking tour through historic Spitz with Mayor Andreas Nunzer
Meeting point: Innenhof Schloss zu Spitz
Free admission

11:00   |   Schloss zu Spitz
The Law of the Series
Ivica Đikić (Zagreb), llinca Florian (Berlin), Nino Haratischwili (Hamburg), Mischa Zickler (Vienna)
Moderator: Rüdiger Wischenbart (Vienna)
Free admission, booking required

13:00   |   Schloss zu Spitz
Lunch (Booking essential, meal vouchers are available at the venue)

14:30   |   Schifffahrtsmuseum Spitz
Down Stream. Up Stream
Meeting point: Innenhof des Schloss zu Spitz
Free admission, booking required

19:00   |   Schloss zu Spitz
Literary and Fine Food Soirée
Writers: Ivica Đikić (Zagreb), Nino Haratischwili (Hamburg), Madame Nielsen (Kopenhagen), Carmen Stephan (Genf), Marie Jeanne Urech (Lausanne)
Moderator: Gerwig Epkes (Baden-Baden)
Wines from the etstate Weingut Josef und Hertha Donabaum.
Gourmet evening with cuisine by the Weinhotel Wachau.

Tickets EUR 28,-/26,- (inkl. Wein und Kulinarik)


Sunday, November 25

Fringe Programme

Fr 16/ Sa 17/ Su 18/ Mi 21 November   |   Kino im Kesselhaus

(Un)Happy Love – A Tangled Web of Happiness
Films by writers and directors participating in the European Literature Days.
The Have-Nots (Die Habenichtse), film by Florian Hoffmeister based on the novel by Katharina Hacker
Love Island, film by Jasmila Žbanić
On Body and Soul (Körper und Seele), film by Ildikó Enyedi
Wuthering Heights, film by Andrea Arnold based on the novel by Emily Brontë, Screenplay: Olivia Hetreed

Screening times and tickets:

15 – 30 November   |   Karikaturmuseum Krems

Exhibition: Austria´s Finest Books (Die schönsten Bücher 2017)
Opening hours and tickets:

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