4th – 8th July, 2012
Literature Across Frontiers will take the opportunity of the inaugural Hay Beirut Festival to hold a meeting of festivals and literary organisations from the Euro-Mediterranean region to discuss possibilities for future cooperation across the Mediterranean. This meeting will seek feedback and encourage networking and the exchange of best practice between grassroots, progressive cultural associations or groups and larger more established festivals, individuals and other networks, with the aim of facilitating communication, contacts and possible collaboration.
The meeting takes forward the outcomes of the LAF’s conference Literary Exchange & Translation in the Euro-Mediterranean Region: challenges of the next decade, held last year in Istanbul.
The conference discussions produced rich material for further development and some strong recommendations. This meeting will bring together around thirty cultural operators from the region and will be one of a series of three to be held over a period of one year.
LAF is also delighted to have the novelist Robin Yassin-Kassab blogging from the festival. You can read his first installment, On Dividing Lines, here.
The report of the Istanbul Conference can be found on http://www.lit-across-frontiers.org/projects.php.