The international literature festival odesa started in 2015. It takes place every year in autumn and it has already become an important event in the cultural life of the city. The festival aims to underscore the cultural charisma and international character of Odesa and to contribute to strengthening its connections with other cultural metropolises in Europe and on other continents. The Festival’s program has an international character. Yearly the festival hosts authors from many countries of the globe representing various themes relevant to the modern society.
Along with purely literary events, there are always events and discussions devoted to politics, history and urbanism.The Festival is bilingually designed: foreign authors’ texts are read in their original languages followed by the Ukrainian translation.
Special attention is paid to children literature programme. The readings for children take place in odesa puppet theatre and various schools of Odesa.
The organizers strive to integrate the ILO in the existing regional literary networks, including the festivals in Lviv, Czernowitz,and Iaşi (Romania), and the book fair in Kiev, as well as to establish international collaborations with other international literature festivals and the Word Alliance.