About the Istanbul Tanpınar Literature Festival
The Istanbul Tanpınar Literature Festival (ITEF), developed by Kalem Kültür and Literature Across Frontiers, is an annual forum for followers of Turkish and international literature. Since 2009 writers, publishers, critics, translators, and members of the press from around the world have had the opportunity each autumn to meet, discuss and exchange ideas, and discover the rich literary voices of today's Turkey.
There is a clear literary international interest in Turkish literature in recent years. Orhan Pamuk received the Nobel Prize for Literature, Turkey was the Guest Country at the Frankfurt Book Fair, 2009 was declared Turkish Year in France, and in 2010 Istanbul was the European Capital of Culture. These developments are being watched closely by the literature community both within and outside the country.
ITEF is a vision shared by several individuals and organizations passionate about contemporary writing and literary heritage, who felt that the thriving Istanbul literary scene was incomplete without an international festival of literature. The organisers would like to thank all of those who have made ITEF possible and contributed to the planning of the programme, and in particular Literature Across Frontiers without whose encouragement and support the festival would not have been established.
Join us in celebrating the wonders of literature in the magical city of Istanbul.
ITEF had been developed by Kalem Kültür and Literature Across Frontiers – the European Platform for literary exchange which is supported by the European Union’s Culture Programme. We are grateful to several key supporters since 2009.