Veranstaltungen der lit.COLOGNE finden auch in der Kölner Philharmonie statt, © Langhorst

lit.COLOGNE in Cologne

Europe’s largest literary festival

Every spring, the who's who of contemporary literature comes together at lit.COLOGNE. There’s a wide-ranging children's programme as well.

Lit.Cologne is a literature lover’s paradise. Every spring, the who's who of contemporary literature comes together. The Cologne festival unreservedly ranges from highbrow culture to best-sellers to light reading. Nobel laureates feature just as much as non-fiction stars or authors of crime novels. Since its inception in 2001, the event has developed into the largest literary festival in Europe.

Treat yourself to a literary breakfast aboard a ferry along the Rhine, then head along to police headquarters for a crime thriller reading and finally to the WDR broadcasting studios to celebrate the audiobook awards – all part of a fantastic day trip to Cologne for the Lit.Cologne festival. The festival’s producers have succeeded in creating a unique artistic feat through their theme nights, to which both writers and non-writers are invited, included such characters as fashion guru and book collector Karl Lagerfeld or conceptual artist Ai Weiwei. A tip: anyone planning to attend should book tickets early as many events sell out weeks in advance.

Lit.Cologne also has a lot to offer for children, specifically through its Lit.Kid.Cologne programme. This programme is suitable for all different age groups.


Date 2019:
19 - 30 March

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Die lit.COLOGNE ist das größte Literaturfestival Europas, © Alice Schauhoff