2015


"So, Anyway..." - Monty Python legend and Hollywood star John Cleese presented his autobiography and opened the festival in the Old Botanical Garden. Because the event was sold out so quickly, there was an after-show in the Kaufleuten Kaufleuten.
Moderation: Hannes Hug. German voice: Jonas Rüegg.

(Photos: Livio Baumgartner)

"Wie wir älter werden" – Book premiere of the new novel by Swiss author Ruth Schweikert.

Moderation: Mona Vetsch. (Photos © Zurich Literature Festival

"I am China" – Reading by the Chinese filmmaker and author Xiaolu Guo. Moderation: Gesa Schneider. German voice: Dagny Gioulami.
(Photos: © Zurich Literature Festival)

"Understanding Russia" - Viktor Yerofeyev and Michael Shishkin.

Talk about the current political situation in Russia with two of the most important writers of the country. Moderation: Andreas Breitenstein.

Followed by the screening of the silent movie "Happiness" (1934, directed by Alexander Medwedkin) with live scoring by Hans Koch, Flo Stoffner and Paul Lovens. With an introduction by Pablo Assandri / Institute for Incoherent Cinematography.

(Photos: Livio Baumgartner)

Sven Regener - The bestselling author ("Berlin Blues") and front man of the band Element of Crime read Franz Kafka. 

(Photos: Livio Baumgartner)

Wladimir Kaminer - The German-Russian cult author ("Russendisko") presented a "Best of Kaminer's gardens" exclusively for our festival.

(Photos: Livio Baumgartner)

Acoustic concert by the South African singer/songwriter Jozia with Dutch guitarist Jordi Kemperman 

and the Company of Dancers Zurich . (Photos: Livio Baumgartner)

"Dilettantes and Geniuses" – Reading show with performances by young writing talents (Michael Fehr & Troller, Anaïs Meier, Jakob Kraner, Jopa Jotakin, Sophie Steinbeck, Tristan Marquardt, Sebastian Steffen and Oravin), curated and presented by Michelle Steinbeck. (Photos: © Zurich Literature Festival)

"Here Is A Brighter Garden", Dance performance by the Company of Dancers Zurich (Dramaturgy: Blas Ulibarri, Choreography: Paula Lansley).
(Photos: Livio Baumgartner)

"Horoscope of the Hypermonsters". Literary installation by French author Isabelle Capron in the pavilion of the Old Botanical Garden, 

illustrations: Marianne Smolska. (Photos: © Zurich Literature Festival)

Press report (NZZ)

"A Hunger Artist" – performance by Anna Veen (alias Heike Henzmann). The German writer not only slipped into the role of the starving artist, but starved in real time. Every hour on the hour she recited Kafka's famous story. (Photos: Livio Baumgartner)

"Why the circus director shot the pony" – Space-specific audio play (accessible via headphones) by German writer Lisa Stadler with 30 very short stories. Visitors were taken on a literary walk from the Ethnological Museum through the park.