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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    Oh, That Hand of Yours | A High-Level Trauma

    20:00Lettrétage in der Veteranenstraße 21, Eintritt: frei

    A Book release, lecture-performance  and text-based art exhibition with Artemis Chrysostomidou

    (c) Artemis Chrysostomidou

    Poetry, text-based art, worlds full of contradictions, women, mistakes and forgiveness. OH, THAT HAND OF YOURS was written trying not to injure the present.

    After the war
    the eyes of the ancient statues
    should have tears carved all over them;
    and not pretend that sorrow never touched them,
    whereas beauty is deeply hurt.
    Things have no shape in absence.
    I can slip on everything.
    Your speed next to flying birds
    passing by full of the ephemeral
    while they are moving into a warmer place,
    is making everything look so young
    as if born just the day before crushing.
    Eyes have so much to explore.
    The statues arouse in silence
    the hungry look of adventure.
    Oh, that hand of yours!
    Apart from the material
    there is nothing else
    separating your skin
    from the abyss of colours.


    The lecture-performance THIS IS A HIGH-LEVEL TRAUMA will be a dialogue between the book and the theatrical performances presented by the author Artemis Chrysostomidou during the writing of the book, with music, video and text excerpts.

    In the second part of the evening, professor of design, anthropologist and curator, Emily Smith, will talk about the book.

    In the third and final part of the evening, music, composed by Lia Stavropoulou for the author’s theatrical performances of the last years, will accompany a text-based art exhibition, using texts from the book.

    The event is supported by the Deputy Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Cyprus.

    (c) Lia Stavropoulou

    Artemis Chrysostomidou is a writer, dramaturge and director. In 2018 she was awarded the State Prize for Literature, Best Young Writer (CY) for her book “Dogs Don’t Bark in France | Sculpture”. Her original pieces for theatre include “Raw Eggs Napoli”, Altofest, 2023 (IT), “Raw Eggs Lisboa”, Espaço da Penha, 2022 (PT); “Manipulation and Other Romantic Stories”, Frankfurt LAB, 2021 (DE); “Mortality, Hooray!”, EXPO Festival, English Theatre Berlin, 2020 (DE); “A Guide on How to Prevent Daily Life Accidents”, BIOS Athens, 2019 (GR) etc. She has collaborated with various directors, while her work has also been presented as site-specific or text-based art at Travers, Copenhagen Contemporary, 2021 (DK); Temporars, Muzeum Susch, 2020 (CH) etc. She has received fellowships at O Rumo do Fumo Lisbon, 2022; Frankfurt LAB, 2021; Art Stations Foundation Switzerland, 2020; and European Theatre Convention, 2019. OH, THAT HAND OF YOURS was awarded the 2023 Young Book Designers Award by Goethe-Institut Griechenland, Hellenic Foundation of Culture, EBΓE, Stiftung Buchkunst and Frankfurter Buchmesse.
    More about the author at

    Emily Smith is a professor of design, a facilitator, and an exhibition-maker based in Berlin. Her transdisciplinary practice incorporates ethnographic, embodied, curatorial, and participatory frameworks. In the past twenty-five years, her work has taken form in exhibitions, seminars, publications and workshops.


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Workshops & Infoabende

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    Here & Elsewhere: Place Writing

    10:30Registration Fee: 125€

    Workshop with Paul Scraton and Marcel Krueger

    © Joseph Carr

    Whether you are writing essays, blogs, a journal of your travels or the story that will become a novel, creating a strong sense of place is crucial. Suitable for anyone interested in turning the sights, sounds and soul of place into engaging prose, this workshop will explore place writing in all its facets and why through the wide world of literature, location matters.

    Over two days, participants will discover key works of place writing and learn about the different techniques to be found within this broad genre, including journalism, memoir and creative non-fiction accounts. Through a series of readings and exercises (which will include a ramble through the neighbourhood), participants will try a variety of fresh and creative approaches to writing about place and will work on a draft of a short piece of place writing - fiction or non-fiction - to be considered for publication on the Elsewhere: A Journal of Place blog.

    © Katrin Schönig
    Paul Scraton is a British-born writer and editor, based in Berlin. He is the editor in chief of Elsewhere: A Journal of Place and the author of a number of creative non-fiction books. Built on Sand, a collection of stories from Berlin, is his debut work of fiction and will be published by Influx Press in 2019.

    © John Farrell
    Marcel Krueger is a German writer and translator living in Ireland. For Berlin – A Literary Guide for Travellers he has provided new translations.  His articles and essays have been published in The Guardian, the Irish Times, Slow Travel Berlin and CNN Travel and he also works as the Books Editor of Elsewhere:  A Journal of Place. His latest book Babushka's Journey - The Dark Road to Stalin's Wartime Camp explores the wartime experiences of his grandmother Cilly through a travel memoir.