For the first time in history the Leipzig Book Fair audience gets the chance to enter the diverse and intricate literary landscape of Southeast Europe using a single door: a shared exhibition stand managed by the Traduki network. Under the motto of Common Ground this three-year programme (2020-2022) brings you the exciting literary worlds of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia. Common Ground stands for a place where we leave our conflicts aside in order to share stories and find inspiration together. Our packed programme will intrigue you and move you with its book readings, author interviews, political panel discussions, music performances and film screenings.

Please check the German page for Programme details.

Common Ground 2020 Programme

Focus 2020: Origin and Belonging

Over the next three years “Common Ground” will showcase and bring closer the diversity and excellence of Southeast European literature to a wider German-speaking audience. Things will kick off in earnest with the Leipzig Book Fair 2020 and its main theme of “Origin and Belonging”. Authors from all across Southeast Europe will travel to Leipzig to present their writings on a shared stage. Next to renowned authors, such as Drago Jančar, Lidija Dimkovska and Mircea Cărtărescu, the programme will feature literary newcomers. In addition, there will be presentations focusing on the renowned works of Nobel literature laureate Ivo Andrić and the great Danilo Kiš. Many books are already available in German translation, others are still waiting to be discovered by German-language publishers. And so, the programme will serve as a marketplace for the publishing industry. However, the exchange goes beyond the literary. At three events at the Café Europa at the Leipzig Book Fair, “Common Ground” will tackle societal and political issues. The evening events in the city centre will illustrate, through readings and music, the kaleidoscopic richness of Southeast Europe, for example at the famous Balkannacht on 14th March. To get into the mood, audiences can get a first taste of the upcoming proceedings at the Balkan Film Week, which will take place in the week prior to the book fair and will showcase 8 films from different countries.

Balkan Film Week

For detailed information on the Balkan Film Week in the German language, please visit our page in German or the Common Ground or UT Connewitz Facebook pages.


Medienbüro „Common Ground“
Mirjam Flender / Kirsten Lehnert / Svenja Pütz
c/o projekt2508 GmbH
Riesstraße 10, 53113 Bonn
Tel: +49 228 184 967 24

Instagram: /common_ground_lit
Facebook: facebook/CommonGroundLit
Twitter: @tradukiEU

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