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The Edinburgh International Book Festival will bring authors around the world together as it moves this year’s event online.
Organisers have announced more than 140 online events for adults and children over 17 days, from Saturday August 15 to Monday August 31.
Live conversations, discussions and readings will be held by 200 authors from more than 30 countries around the world.
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© Barbara Gindl / APA / dpa Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler wants to pave the way for other cultural events. The Salzburg Festival sees itself as a pioneer for a possible wide opening of international cultural life after the corona lockdown. "We have a great responsibility: If things go well for us, then the way is also cleared for others," said Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler of the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung". "We are watched by the cultural scene around the world." T
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The festival will host live online book signings, where audience members can chat to authors face-to-face and get a book signed by purchasing a copy through the festival’s online shop.
All events will be free to access through the festival’s website.
Festival director Nick Barley said: “It’s been a leap of faith for everyone involved but in these extraordinary few months we’ve managed to transform the way we deliver our festival, bringing writers and readers together in a new online space for discussion and imagination.
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© Daniel Karmann / dpa / archive photo The Richard Wagner Festival Hall in Bayreuth. The Bayreuth Festival lost around 15 million euros in revenue due to the corona crisis. «Around 65 percent of the Bayreuth Festival is traditionally financed from tickets.
“Despite the challenges I’ve been inspired by authors’ enthusiasm to try out this new approach, joining us in Edinburgh from all over the world without having to leave their homes.
“As society searches for ways to make sense of the new reality, it’s clearer than ever that books and writers offer a framework for constructive dialogue and for sharing bold new ideas.”
Among those taking part are double Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel and Utopia Avenue author David Mitchell.
2019 Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo will join Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at one event and Irish author Marian Keyes will discuss her latest bestseller Grown Ups.
Scottish talent joining the online festival includes Alexander McCall Smith, who will chat with the former leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson.
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Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “The Edinburgh International Book Festival has long been a highlight of the Edinburgh Festivals’ calendar, bringing together some of the world’s finest authors and the best of contemporary Scottish talent.
“The Scottish Government has been continuing its support for the festival and since 2008 has provided over £1.3 million of funding through its Festivals EXPO fund.”
International voices taking part include Samantha Power, former war correspondent and US Ambassador to the UN, who delivers the Frederick Hood Memorial Lecture.
The festival will also host an interview with the winner of the 2020 International Booker Prize, to be announced on August 26.
Full details of the 2020 Online Edinburgh International Book Festival can be found atand all events are free to watch.
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© Christophe Gateau / dpa / archive picture The heavy metal festival in Schleswig-Holstein's Wacken in summer 2021 is already sold out. Two women walk down the street with umbrellas. Wacken's fields on the left and right are green - and will remain empty this summer. Otherwise there are masses of tents at the end of July. Only the row of mobile toilet houses shows that something is missing.