Through its curated projects the Lettrétage has set innovative impulses for the capital of literature Berlin since 2006. Experimenting with new forms of production and presentation of literature lies right at the core. This particularly includes the search for new, transdisciplinary formats of literary events which go beyond the conventional “water-glass reading”.
As the “anchor institution” of the independent literature scene in Berlin, the Lettrétage is committed to the solo self-employed literary professionals as well as to the various literary initiatives and independent project promoters in the city. Bilingual literary magazines, Independent-publishers, innovative writing-projects, translating initiatives, reading platforms and reading series offer an impressive breadth of active literary spaces and networks, of ideas and protagonists, who unfold the lively literary culture and contribute to the cultural appeal of Berlin. Maintaining the vitality and diversity of this scene in Berlin, picking up its impulses, providing it with a podium and in addition to enhance it structurally through offers of free consultations, networking opportunities and further training are at the centre of the Lettrétage programme.
Together with other colleagues, the Lettrétage established as an active founding member the Netzwerk freie Literaturszene Berlin e.V. (NFLB) – Network of the Independent Literature Scene Berlin, which focusses on the cultural-political interests of the independent literary scene in Berlin in relation to politics and public. As coordinator of the Europe-wide network CROWD, the Lettrétage, in close cooperation with numerous international literary organisations, realises projects which serve contemporary international literature by linking up creators and conveyors of literature across languages and countries and by presenting international contemporary literature to the public in an accessible and modern form.