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Harbour Front Literaturfestival
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Harbour Front Literaturfestival
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Harbour Front Literaturfestival
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Harbour Front Literaturfestival
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Harbour Front Literaturfestival
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Harbour Front Literaturfestival
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Harbour Front Literaturfestival

Literature and Culture at the Port of Hamburg

Against the backdrop of harbour cranes and overseas containers, docks and shipyards, the Harbour Front Literature Festival will once again bring together great German and international literature in 2021, creating a wholesale market of knowledge, news and cultural exchange.

Everyone knows the appeal of the Port of Hamburg - bringing this wholesale market of knowledge and news into direct contact with great German and international literature is the idea behind Harbour Front - and well over 20,000 visitors a year prove that this idea is well received. The Harbour Front Literature Festival was launched in 2008 and held for the first time in September 2009. Since then, over 120,000 visitors have come to 58 places in the harbour. Over 1000 participants, including more than 540 authors, 300 presenters and 120 actors - from a total of 40 countries - have made the Port of Hamburg a meeting place for literature.

Northern Germany's largest festival combines extraordinary venues with great authors. To illustrate the festival's connection to the port, more readings will take place on the water with immediate effect. Many outstanding literary representatives as well as young talents will be there for the 12th time in September 2020 when the festival of books in Hamburg's harbour area will be called "Cast off and full steam ahead!"

Review – The Program 2019

This year, for example, actor Hannes Jaenecke welcomes you to read from his book "Outcry of the Seas" and to appeal for increasing environmental awareness. Author Cornelia Funke reads from her new novel "The Labyrinth of the Faun", in which the girl Ofelia gets deeper and deeper into a magical-gruesome labyrinth. In honour of Theodor Fontane's 200th birthday, you can find out in a literary revue what exactly makes his works so significant and long-lasting, and another birthday is also on the agenda: The Lord of the Rings will also be critically examined and discussed again on the occasion of the 50th anniversary. That, and much more, awaits you at this year's Harbour Front Literature Festival.

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