We aim to organise literary festivals in national parks throughout Europe, the idea being to strengthen the relationship between literature and ecology. The first will take place in Monfragüe National Park in Extremadura, Spain.
Monfragüe National Park, Torrejón el Rubio, Extremadura, Spain
What makes this project different is the combination of two great European resources: its rich culture and its beautiful natural spaces. Respect for the environment and cultural diversity are hallmarks of the European Union and are the major sources of inspiration for this project.
This project will be easily transferable to other countries, sectors and organisations. We hope it will inspire others to organise similar events, combining a love of culture and nature. We have in mind the following national parks for future literary festivals:
Ilha Formosa , Portugal.
Bosco Pantano di Policoro, Italy
Lahemaa National Park, Estonia
Danube-Auen National Park, Austria
Hautes Fagnes-Eifel Nature Reserve, Belgium
Riisitunturi National Park, Finland
Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany
The national parks involved in the project will have more visitors. The area businesses and local population will have benefited economically in a normally low tourist season, and will be encouraged to create more events that attract international audiences. Also, translators will have met new writers and translated their works into their languages, and writers will have their books read in other parts of Europe. Young, unpublished authors will have had the chance to meet editors and have their work read.
The first festival will take place in Monfragüe National Park (Torrejón el Rubio, Spain) in September/October 2016. We have already taken the first steps: we have permission to use the park from the OAPN, the Spanish governmental organisation in charge of national parks, and the mayor of Torrejón has also pledged his support. Now we are looking for financing from European organisations, such as this one, plus cultural foundations and private companies with environmentally friendly profiles. Soon we will start contacting local shareholders to get ideas about how this project can involve people who live in the area. Finally, we will decide on the list of invitees that will come all the way from the Baltic countries in the north to the Mediterranean countries in the south.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe