/Cologne 2018 literature pageant

Cologne 2018 literature pageant

Cologne (dpa) – The western German city of Cologne launched the 18th edition of its biggest literature festival on Tuesday.

Lit.COLOGNE, which runs until March 17, attracted a record 110,000 visitors last year, with event manager Rainer Osnoswski saying it offers a distinctive experience that has lead to its success.

Part of the festival’s uniqueness is that it is entirely funded by admission fees and sponsors: “We don’t need subsidies,” Osnowski said.

There is no overarching theme for this year’s festival, though previous years had focused on refugees and persecuted writers and journalists in Turkey.

“It’s about the smaller political issues this time,” Osnowski said. “We deliberately wanted to avoid having one central theme.”