UMEÅ. A northerly literary network is in the making. Representatives from four different countries have gathered in Umeå, Sweden, to discuss ideas and possible future collaborations.
Besides the people in charge of the international Littfest in Umeå, the two day meeting was attended by representatives from Ordkalotten Tromsø, Norway, Reykjavik International Literary Festival, Iceland, and Vaasa Littfest, Finland.
– It was a very positive first meeting to learn to know each another, says Elenor Nordström, one of the coordinators of Littfest in Umeå.
Representatives from each festival delivered a special presentation on how they work with the planning and organizing of their own festivals. Discussions followed and and a lot of experiences and ideas were put forward which will help when looking at possible collaborations later on.
-There is no set plan yet, everybody´s gone home to pin down a list of ideas that can take us further when looking at how we can work together in the future, says Elenor Nordström.
Nordström wrote earlier in a press release about the meeting being a chance to find new and interesting methods to put Nordic literature in focus. ”When we strengthen the relations between Nordic literature festivals, we will contribute to strengthen the literary scen in the north of the Nordic countries.”
The effort has been allocated funding from The Nordic Culture Fund (Nordisk kulturfond) in order to carry the cost of the meeting.
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