Under the auspices of the A.E. of the President of the Republic
Katerina Sakellaropoulou
Athens 14-24 June 2022
Lefkada 17-18 June 2022

Under the auspices of the A.E. of the President of the Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the 14th edition of the LEA (Literature in Athens) Festival is taking place.

The 14th edition of the Festival will take place from 14 to 24 June in Athens and from 17 and 18 June in Lefkada. The opening ceremony will take place on 14 June 2022 at the Acropolis Museum.

The activities of the Festival will be hosted in various cultural venues in the city of Athens: the Acropolis Museum, the Benaki Museum, the Cervantes Institute of Athens, the Abanico Centre for Languages and Cultures of Iberian and Latin America and the bookstores Janos, Public and Polyglot.

As every year, authors from the Ibero-American world (Latin America, Spain and Portugal) are invited to participate and interact with their counterparts from Greece in the various activities planned.

Specifically, in this edition, the LIA Festival offers a rich and varied programme: debates, workshops, book presentations, educational lectures, tributes, musical and theatrical performances, etc., whose theme will revolve around the sea as a common reference point in Ibero-American cultures.

The LEA Festival hosts not only established, but also emerging writers and offers them the opportunity to present their work on Greek and Ibero-American soil and connect with their new audiences.

Invited and invited guests at the 14th edition of the LEA Festival:
Andreas Apostolidis (Greece)
Alexander Apostolos (Greece); Andreas Apostolos (Spain); Lere Bilbao (Spain); Lare Bilbao (Spain); Lore Bilbao (Spain).
Leonis Fostieris (Greece)
Antonino Fofiore (Greece) Antonino Fofiore (Spain)
David Hernández de la Fuente (Spain)
Filipa Leal (Portugal)
Petros Markaris (Greece)
Guillermo Martinez (Argentina)
Ana Merino (Spain)
Leonardo Padura (Cuba)
Santiago Roncaliolo (Spain-Peru)
Beatrice Saavedra (Mexico)
José Carlos Somotha (Spain)
Lina Stefanou (Greece)
Irene Vallejo (Spain)
Mafalda Vega (Portugal)
Manuel Vilas (Spain)
Jorge Volpi (Mexico)

The venues where the Festival events will take place will be arranged according to the rules of the Ministry of Health of Greece regarding COVID-19. You can follow all activities online, either live or recorded. Admission to the activities is free of charge until places are filled.

On September 30, the LEA Literary Translation Award will be presented to the translator, translator or translation team that has performed the work in the immediately preceding calendar year, according to the date of publication of the work and its entry in the BIBLIONET database, the best first translation or re-translation of a literary work (novel, collection of short stories, play, poetry collection or anthology of one or more poets) written in Spanish, Portuguese or Catalan.

The LEA Festival has been one of Athens’ most distinctive literary events since 2008 and, since 2012, it has also been held on the islands of Lefkada and Crete. Moreover, it is the only cultural festival in Greece dedicated to Ibero-American literature. It is organized every year by the non-profit organization LEA Festival – Intercultural Development, the Cervantes Institute of Athens, the Center for Languages and Cultures of Iberian and Latin America Abanico, with the participation of the Embassies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Cuba, Spain, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Uruguay and Venezuela and the Honorary Consulate of Colombia in Athens.
More than 40 guests from 12 different countries participated in the more than 50 activities that took place during the 13th LEA Festival, while more than 15,000 views were recorded by more than 20,000 users in Greece, the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America.

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