Seit 2006 finden in der Lettrétage ca. 120 öffentliche Literaturveranstaltungen jährlich statt – Lesungen, Workshops, Diskussionsrunden, literarische Performances und Formate dazwischen. Bekannte und unbekannte Autor*innen und Künstler*innen verschiedener Sprachen und Nationalitäten sind hier schon aufgetreten.

Seit 2013 liegt der Programmfokus u.a. auf neuen Wegen der literarischen Präsentation und Live-Produktion: Dazu zählen u.a. die internationalen bzw. transnationalen Literaturfestivals „Soundout!“, „¿Comment!“, „Berlinisi“ und „Syn_Energy“, aber auch das viel beachtete Netzwerkprojekt „CROWD“ und multimediale Projekte wie die Reihe „CON_TEXT“ oder das „Poetry Audio Lab“. Eine vollständige Liste der Lettrétage-Projekte finden Sie hier.

Als Ankerinstitution für die freie Literaturszene Berlins stellt die Lettrétage außerdem ihre Räume für Literaturveranstaltungen aller Art zur Verfügung. Zahlreiche freie Veranstalter*innen nutzen unsere Infrastruktur regelmäßig – für Literatur-Workshops, Lesereihen in verschiedenen Sprachen und Buchpräsentationen. Mehr zu den Möglichkeiten der kostenlosen Raumnutzung erfahren Sie hier.

Auf dieser Seite präsentieren wir einen nicht vollständigen Einblick in unser vergangenes Programm.


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    Ber/Lon – A Tale of Two Gentrifying Cities

    20:00Eintritt frei

    Multilingual Reading and Performance with Joshua Idehen, Adelaide Ivánova, Johny Pitts and Joanna Legid

    © Speaking Volumes

    (Deutsche Übersetzung siehe unten)

    For centuries the cities of London and Berlin have been transformed and re-invented by people from all over the world, who have created vibrant cultures in local areas at the intersection of art and politics. Is this all under threat now, as creative and political spaces are eaten up by developers and capital cities are overrun by the power of capital?

    Gentrification remains a timely theme in many places around the world and one which particularly affects younger generations, who are being priced out of ‘booming’ cities. Both London and Berlin, which are continuously being transformed and re-invented by visitors from across the globe, are also two cities with great artistic communities. This tradition is, however, under threat as many of the local, vibrant – and affordable – creative spaces are steadily eaten up by development, all in the name of progress.

    Artists Joshua Idehen, Adelaide Ivánova, Johny Pitts and Joanna Legid get together to confront such issues concerning the London and Berlin neighbourhoods at the forefront of change. Through multilingual and multimedial art, the project Ber/Lon explores what is lost — what we lose — when working-class, multicultural areas become gentrified. To explore this loss and its meaning the four artists have met up on joint walks around the cityscapes of both London and Berlin. What they encountered has inspired their artistic works of text and imagery which they will present at the Ber/Lon reading and performance. As a multimedia show, Ber/Lon utilises both multilingual poetry and prose, music, photography and film to express the impact of gentrification as witnessed by the artists.



    Die Metropolen London und Berlin wurden über die Jahrhunderte hinweg immer wieder von Menschen aus aller Welt gewandelt und neu erfunden – Menschen, die an den Schnittstellen von Kunst und Politik kulturelle Communities erschaffen haben. Ist dies alles jetzt in Gefahr, wo Unternehmen städtische Räume in Beschlag nehmen und die Hauptstädte von der Macht des Kapitals überrollt werden?

    Gentrifizierung ist nach wie vor ein aktuelles Thema an vielen Orten der Welt. Besonders betrifft es junge Generationen, die mehr und mehr von steigenden Preisen aus den boomenden Großstädten vertrieben werden. Auch heute noch werden London und Berlin ständig von Besucher*innen aus aller Welt geprägt und neu erfunden. Beide beherbergen auch einzigartige, vielfältige Künstlerszenen. Diese sind jedoch bedroht, da viele – derzeit noch erschwingliche – kreative Räume vor Ort nach und nach den stetigen Bauentwicklungen zum Opfer fallen, alles im Namen des Fortschritts.

    Die Künstler*innen Joshua Idehen, Adelaide Ivánova, Johny Pitts und Joanna Legid haben sich zusammengetan, um die Problematik von Gentrifizierung in eben den Stadtteilen Londons und Berlins zu untersuchen, die am stärksten von Veränderungen betroffen sind. Durch multilinguale und multimediale Zusammenarbeit erkunden die Künstler*innen im Projekt Ber/Lon, was verloren geht – was wir verlieren – wenn multikulturelle Arbeiterviertel gentrifiziert werden. Um diesen Verlust und seine Bedeutung zu untersuchen, haben sich die Künstler*innen in beiden Städten zu gemeinsamen Spaziergängen getroffen. Ihre Erlebnisse und Beobachtungen haben sie in künstlerischen Werken aus Text und Fotografie verarbeitet. Mit einer multimedialen Performance aus mehrsprachiger Dichtung und Prosa, Musik und Fotografie drücken die Künstler*innen aus, wie sie den Einfluss von Gentrifizierung auf die Großstädte Berlin und London wahrnehmen.



    Joshua Idehen is a poet, teacher and musician. A British-born Nigerian, his poetry has been published widely and he has performed across Europe. His interest in the impact of gentrification and the repeated shutdown of music venues led him to create the online fanzine, to celebrate Passing Clouds, one of the first venues he played in. He has collaborated with Mercury nominated artists, such as The Comet Is Coming and Sons of Kemet. The album "Last Night" with dance pop band Benin City was released in 2018 (Moshi Moshi Music). He is currently working on his debut poetry collection and a one man show.


    © Pedro Pinho

    Adelaide Ivánova is a Brazilian journalist and political activist working in various fields, such as poetry, photography, performance, translation, and publishing. Her poems have been translated into German, Galician, English, Spanish, Greek, and Italian. Her photos/texts have appeared in The Huffington Post (USA), Marie Claire (Brazil) and Modern Poetry in Translation (UK) among others. Her photo reportage can be seen in Kunst Museum Dieselkraftwerk (Germany), L’arthotèque Museum of Fine Arts (France) and Galeria Murilo Castro (Brazil). In 2018 her poetry book "o martelo" won the Rio Literature Award. She edits the anti-capitalist poetry zine MAIS NORDESTE, PVFR! with leftist poets from Brazil’s northeast. She lives in Berlin, earning a living as baby-sitter, life model, waitress, and other alienating jobs.


    © Jamie Stoker

    Johny Pitts is a writer, photographer, and broadcast journalist. In June 2019, his book "Afropean" came out in the UK to critical acclaim and is being translated into German and French among others. He has received various awards for his work exploring African-European identity, including a Decibel Penguin Prize and a European Network Against Racism Award. He is the curator of the online journal, part of the Guardian's Africa Network and has collaborated with acclaimed author Caryl Phillips on a photographic essay about London's immigrant communities for the BBC and Arts Council England.


    © Meklit Fekadu

    Joanna Catherine Schröder aka Joanna Legid is an analogue photographer capturing people, things, and places through the lens of her camera. Born in Rwanda to a German father and a Rwandan mother, Joanna has lived in different places until she moved to Berlin ten years ago. With a love for the intimate moment between staged poses and a trained eye for imperfection, her photography focuses on portrait as well as documentary work. She is also the co-founder of, a creative platform which assembles stories of Germans with a migration background as well as BIPOCs living in Germany.

    © Speaking Volumes

    © Goethe-Institut

    The project is created by Speaking Volumes - Live Literature Productions (London) in cooperation with Lettrétage, and funded by International Coproduction Fund Goethe-Institut e.V.


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  • Sa

    Telling Tales: The Art of Creating Stories

    10:30 - 16:30Beitrag: 150€

    Workshop mit Roy MacLean

    Stories can entrance, engage, even possess us. Every one of us has a story to tell; factual or fictional, cool documentary or heartfelt family journey, practical travelogue or sparkling flight of the imagination. But to become an accomplished storyteller one needs time, a conducive environment, and a sensitive guide to direct and refine individual talent.

    In June best-selling author Rory MacLean will lead an exclusive, two-day creative non-fiction writing workshop in Berlin. Participants will be guided and supported on their creative journey. Both amateur and professional writers are invited to join. No experience is necessary. The only requirement is the passion to tell a story.

    The course will include morning talks on the craft of narration and introductory workshops on gathering material, note-taking, voice and structure. Rory will underline the importance of writing from the heart, using honesty and personal experience to fill one’s creative work with feeling and excitement. Afternoons will be dedicated to exercises and, if possible, one-to-one discussions or project pitches, helping to draw out individual skills. Together Rory and the participants will unpick the transformation of our ordinary encounters, epic journeys, family histories and imaginative quests into prose. Whether you aspire to writing journalism, a blog, memoir, personal essay or documentary, take this rare opportunity to work with one of the Reader’s favourite writers and most popular tutors.

    Rory MacLean is the author of more than a dozen books including the UK top tens "Stalin’s Nose" and "Under the Dragon" as well as "Berlin: Imagine a City", a book of the year and ‘the most extraordinary work of history I’ve ever read’ according to the Washington Post. His works – wrote the late John Fowles – are among those that ‘marvellously explain why literature still lives’. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he divides his time between the UK, Canada and Berlin.

    To sign up please email All of the info is available here.