The Lviv International Literature Festival is one of the most important cultural events in Ukraine. It is Ukraine’s largest and the only one literature festival, one of the most popular festivals in Central and Eastern Europe. Lviv International Literature Festival has taken place since 1997, since 2001 with foreigners participation, since 2006 – as a full-scale International Literary Festival within the framework of Lviv International Bookfair.
The aim of the Festival: the development of literature, art and cultural traditions of peoples of different countries, creating the best conditions for full dialogue Ukrainian and foreign literature, to promote the overcoming of isolation of Ukrainian literature from European and global cultural processes propaganda achievements of the Ukrainian literature in Ukraine and abroad, represent the Ukrainian public brightest authors to determine the main directions and trends of the world literary process, encouragement of Ukrainian literary life events at the intersection of literature and other forms of art, spontaneous art experiments, exchange of experiences of participants of the Festival, establishing creative contacts, contracts for the publication of his works. Our goal is to provide an expansive and inclusive literary milieu in Eastern Europe; a uniquely welcoming setting in which both writers and lovers of literature from around the globe may gather and discuss their mutual interest in worthy verse and prose.
The participants: the most brilliant representatives of their national literature were invited to participate – writers, poets, artists, cultural activists, scientists, journalists, translators, literary critics from all over Ukraine and other countries. The total number of festival participants was 600 authors from Ukraine and 58 other countries.
During the years held over 1500 events. Each year determined the main theme of the festival, which is focal for discussion during the discussions, meetings, and round tables. This year the main theme is Beyond these Borders, a Threshold.
Festival promotions are always of great interest in the central and regional mass media from all over Ukraine and other countries. In many Ukrainian and foreign mass media, including online publications, events of the festival was devoted to more than 600 publications in various genres. Number of Officially approved Mass Media – up to 100 national, regional and local representatives.