DAAD meets Hafenlesung
Recently in November we had a special instalment of Hafenlesung: our multilingual reading series joined the Berliner Künstlerprogram of the DAAD to bring to Hamburg a selection of its international award-winning 2019 resident writers. It was a pleasure with Ghayath Almadhoun, Don Mee Choi, Tom McCarthy, Madame Nielsen, Alan Pauls.
The readings were intense, the food, exquisite; the authors performed excellently on stage and were very friendly with our collective and the public. Our guest DAAD authors told us that were were particularly very happy to be able to read next to each other, so that – thanks to the fact that we featured their literature at length and with translation – they could get a good idea of the work of their colleagues in the program.
Our evening of outstanding contemporary literature read by its authors included Arabic, Danish, English and Spanish— as always, together with German translation that will be read by members of our Found in Translation collective. We hope you have already noted and tasted our free-of-cost banquet of delicious Vegan delicatessen provided by Antonia Treek and her Kunterbuntess collective, which has accompanied many of our Hafenlesungen right form our start.
This event was funded by the DAAD together with the German Foreign Office; we thank wholeheartedly to both institutions and also to our wonderful venue, Nachtasyl and Thalia Theater, for believing in our Lesereihe and kindly helping us offer this platform for international and multilingual literature that is unique in Hamburg.
It was a great joy for our reading series to be collaborating for the first time with the Artists-in-Berlin Residence Program of the DAAD, the most prestigious artists residence program of Germany. Our Found in Translation collective is honoured by the trust that the DAAD placed upon us to organise this event for their current Literatur-Stipendiaten and look forward for this collaboration to be prolonged next year.
(c) Nico Scagliarini