globale° 2023: scarring

globale°- Festival for Border-Crossing Literature 2023

30.10. – 06.11.2023

Our motto:


With this year’s motto, we want to express our feelings, emotionally capture the current atmosphere, and at the same time, look boldly toward the future. We connect the word scarring to torn-open wounds as well as a possible, albeit often painful, healing process. As Serhij Zhadan said during the awarding of the Peace Price of the German Book Trade 2022: “We are fated to have a future.” And it is in our interest to make our position explicit, to strengthen international kinship and social cohesion simultaneously. The texts of the invited authors illuminate this both in a historical context and a contemporary manner.

Ulrike Draesner, one of the best-known contemporary German-speaking writers, will speak at the opening of the festival on October 30, 2023. Our guests include Daniel Kehlmann, Radka Denemarková, Dincer Gücyeter, Raul Schrott, and Alice Hasters.

The title Wort ergreifen! will again guide a literary walk through the city, during which texts from imprisoned authors will be presented. We look forward to guests from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Belarus, Ukraine, the Netherlands, and South Africa.

The detailed program will follow soon.