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/ 5 March 2021

LITTFEST 2021

18-20 March 2021

Littfest – Umeå's international literature festival – had to close down the 2020 edition with one day's notice. During the troublesome year that has followed, the festival group has given a lot of thought to this year's Littfest. How to plan in advance during a pandemic? Which authors will be able to travel to Umeå, a city located on the same latitude as Reykjavik? Could the whole shebang be conducted in front of an audience, if not: how to make a digitally interesting literature festival in the plethora of streamed readings and conversations that are currently flourishing online?

The answer has been to keep all the doors open, to plan for two different types of festivals at the same time, one digital one and one with an audience. To build a stage, as we normally do, with everything in terms of headlights, presenters and live music. To have all participants on site in Umeå, after all. As if we were arranging a major sporting event. And to screen out participants who do not belong to risk groups, authors who above all represent our own literary-rich region. The main goal of this year's Littfest is to convey a campfire feeling. The feeling that what is happening on the screen is taking place in the moment, and that you are sharing your live experience with hundreds of others.

Naturally, this year's Littfest will have a strong focus on issues concerning northern Sweden: center and periphery, postcolonialism and Sami literature and culture. Included in the program are some of the most acclaimed authors in Sweden in recent times, such as Linnea Axelsson, Karin Smirnoff, Elin Anna Labba, Annika Norlin and Balsam Karam but also Nordic guests in the form of Versopolis poets Niillas Holmberg, Sigbjørn Skåden and Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl. The festival concludes with a specially written literary soiree, on the theme "Patience". And everything is led by studio hosts Yukiko duke and Po Tidholm.

Even if we can not meet at the stage floor, even if we can not greet each other in the audience this year, we can still light a beacon of hope, and watch it shine through a thousand computer screens. 

Littfest – Umeå's international literature festival – had to close down the 2020 edition with one day's notice. During the troublesome year that has followed, the festival group has given a lot of thought to this year's Littfest. How to plan in advance during a pandemic? Which authors will be able to travel to Umeå, a city located on the same latitude as Reykjavik? Could the whole shebang be conducted in front of an audience, if not: how to make a digitally interesting literature festival in the plethora of streamed readings and conversations that are currently flourishing online?

Official website: https://www.littfest.se/

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