Since 2017, the European Literature Festival has brought together writers from Europe with translators and experts from Japan in a series of events including lectures, dialogues, and panel discussions. This year, we continue in our activities to bring European literature closer to the Japanese public, mostly online. We have also published a very special collection of short stories or excerpts from 14 European authors (for a limited time only). We hope that many will take this opportunity to discover something new and exciting.

DAY120Fri

1-1

Panel discussion: Translating Europe

Panel discussion
ItalyItaly
SpainSpain
PortugalPortugal

Discussion in Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation to English)

20 Fri 18:00 - 19:30
Instituto Cervantes Tokio and online

Literary translators working from Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese discuss the joys and difficulties of bringing European literature closer to Japanese readers.

To attend at the venue, please register via Peatix (maximum capacity 50). To join online, please register at the link above.

1-2

Dialogues: Confinement and creativity

Dialogue
PortugalPortugal
ItalyItaly

Discussion in Portuguese and Japanese / Italian and Japanese (consecutive interpretation to Japanese)

20 Fri 19:30 - 21:00
Instituto Cervantes Tokio and online

This session will be in Portuguese and Japanese (part 1) and Italian and Japanese (part 2). English translation not available. The Portuguese and Italian authors will join the discussion online.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced people all over the world to face isolation and confinement. How has this influenced writers and their creativity? Prominent writers from Portugal and Italy talk … Continue reading “Dialogues: Confinement and creativity”

To attend at the venue, please register via Peatix (maximum capacity 50). To join online, please register at the link above.

DAY221Sat

2-1

La voix des oubliées, dialogue entre Laetitia Colombani et Yuri Nakae

Dialogue
FranceFrance

Dialogue in French and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation

21 Sat 18:00 - 19:30
Institut Francais and online

Please see the website of the Institut Francais Japon for details: https://www.institutfrancais.jp/tokyo/fr/agenda/colombani/

To attend the event at the Institut français du Japon - Tokyo, please sign up via Peatix. Watch online (in French) via Facebook live.

DAY322Sun

3-2

Panel discussion: Stranger Than Fiction, Part 2

Online panel discussion
GermanyGermany
Czech-RepublicCzech-Republic
HungaryHungary
IrelandIreland

English and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation), German (with consecutive interpretation)

22 Sun 19:30 - 21:00
Online only

Writers from various European countries and Japan share their ideas about isolation, their art and life. Part 2 invites authors from Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Ireland to speak with … Continue reading “Panel discussion: Stranger Than Fiction, Part 2”

DAY423Mon (National Holiday)

4-1

Reading and talk with Terezia Mora

Online dialogue
GermanyGermany

German and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)

23 Mon (National Holiday) 18:00 - 19:30
Online only

German author Terézia Mora reads excerpts from “Love amongst Aliens”. The book was translated into Japanese by Hitoko Suzuki and published by Hakusuisha this year. The reading will be accompanied … Continue reading “Reading and talk with Terezia Mora”

To join online, please sign up via the Goethe Institut Tokyo's website above

DAY525Wed

5-2

Graphic novels from Europe: Morten Dürr / Dimitri Piot & Petar Tasev

Online talk event
DenmarkDenmark
BelgiumBelgium
BulgariaBulgaria

Danish and Japanese / English and French (with simultaneous interpretation to Japanese)

25 Wed 19:30 - 21:00
Online only

Danish writer speaks about his latest work Ivalu with his translator Aya Sawahiro. Belgian artist Dimitri Piot and Petar Tasev, a Bulgarian artist living in Japan, discuss their works and … Continue reading “Graphic novels from Europe: Morten Dürr / Dimitri Piot & Petar Tasev”

DAY626Thu

DAY727Fri

7-1

Dialogues: Hikaru Ogura / Anna Cima / Closing

Dialogues
PolandPoland
Czech-RepublicCzech-Republic

27 Fri 18:00 - 19:30
Tokyo (Europa House) and online

The first part is a discussion on Nobel Literature Prize laureate Olga Tokarczuk between her translator Hikaru Ogura and the director of the Polish Institute, followed by a dialogue with … Continue reading “Dialogues: Hikaru Ogura / Anna Cima / Closing”

To attend at the venue, please register via Peatix (maximum capacity 50). To join online, please register at the link above.