"Common Ground. Literature from South-East Europe"
The Regional Focus at the Leipzig Book Fair 2020-2022
"Common Ground" denotes similarities. This is the motto under which all the countries of Southeast Europe for the first time will jointly present their literature and their authors to the public. No matter how varied the countries, their peoples, languages, religions and histories are - as the Leipzig Book Fair's regional focus 2020-22, "Common Ground - Literature from Southeast Europe" aims to focus on what they have in common. "Common Ground" wants to build bridges and contribute to literary and cultural exchange - regardless of historical or current conflicts. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia take part. The German-speaking countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein) also participate. The joint presentation is organised in cooperation with TRADUKI, the European network for literature and books.
Leipzig Book Fair 2021: Spot on!
With the cancellation of the Leipzig Book Fair the grand opening unfortunately was cancelled. But, the region in focus is designed as a three-year-long project and will continue to play a crucial role. The authors will have other opportunities and they will especially use the Leipzig Book Fair 2021 and 2022 to make the diversity of Southeast European literature tangible for the German-speaking public. Besides important contemporary authors such as Drago Jančar, Lidija Dimkovska and Mircea Cartarescu, visitors can look forward to literary newcomers.
The "Common Ground" programme of the next Leipzig Book Fair will be announced in spring 2021.
Getting to know literature from South Eastern Europe already now
A weekly social media series offers a foretaste of the regional focus. At "Books for Breakfast", selected authors talk about their personal experiences and present plenty of reading material. Every Thursday at 8:30 a.m. a new article is published on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram TV. Previous recordings and further information can be found on Facebook and YouTube.
Further information about Common Ground and "Books for Breakfast" can be found here.
Joint commitment with history
„Common Ground“ was initiated by TRADUKI, the European network for literature and books, together with the Leipzig Book Fair. The fair has also been promoting the literary voices of Middle, East and Southeast Europe for many years. Founded in 2008 at the Leipzig Book Fair, TRADUKI now encompasses a cultural area of ten languages and 14 countries. It supports the publication of literature from the Western Balkans, for example through translation funding, cultural events and writer-in-residence programmes.
The network TRADUKI is a project of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria, German Federal Foreign Office, Swiss arts council Pro Helvetia, KulturKontakt Austria (on behalf of the Federal Chancellery of Austria), Goethe-Institut, S. Fischer Foundation, Slovenian Book Agency JAK, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, Department of Culture of the Government of the Principality of Liechtenstein, Cultural Foundation of Liechtenstein, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Albania, Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, Ministry of Culture and National Identity of the Republic of Romania, Ministry of Culture of Montenegro, Leipzig Book Fair, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of North Macedonia, and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bulgaria.