Dear friends,

This fall, the international literature festival odesa (ILO) is already in its 7th edition.

Ukraine officially became independent 30 years ago. In recognition of this important date, Ukrainian authors read prose texts, poems, and reportages depicting life in Ukraine over the last 30 years, acknowledging both the past and the expectations for the future.

This year you can listen to a total of 32 authors from 10 countries, including internationally known guests such as Lyudmila Ulitskaya from Russia, Lukas Bärfuss from Switzerland, Judith Hermann from Germany, Angélica Freitas from Brazil, Sofi Oksanen from Finland, and Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor from Kenya.

– For the first time, there will be a cooperation with the Odesa Academic Ukrainian Music and Drama Theater V.Vasylko.

Lukas Bärfuss will hold a workshop for actors and directors based on his play “The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents.” The play will be presented in fragments and performed during the festival.

– Traditionally we pay much attention to young readers: 7 authors will appear in the children’s and young adult literature program and captivate young audiences with diverse themes.

– Belarusian Sasha Filipenko will present his new novel as well as discuss the current situation in Belarus.

– Serhiy Zhadan and his band «Zhadan and Dogs» will perform new work.

Join us in looking forward to diverse, interesting literature and the people behind it at the VII international literature festival odesa!


Hans Ruprecht

Ulrich Schreiber