Digital platform Europe Readr - Open a book for a better future
From 1 July to 31 December 2021, a curated set of European literature entitled “The Future of Living” is freely accessible worldwide on a digital platform Europe Readr. The main aim of Europe Readr is to bring current social issues to readers around the world and to encourage reflection on the world we want to live in.
Presenting one literary work from each EU Member State in the original language and the English translation in various literary, it represents a wide variety of perspectives and addresses a global audience. Numerous accompanying events around the world – from Paris to Helsinki, from Washington to Beijing – encourage the creation of public spaces dedicated to reading and the exchange of ideas on the world of the future. They are organised by the Network of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) in cooperation with a number of local partners around the world.
In Great Britain, Eunic London will take part in the local implementation of Europe Readr with a series of activities under the title FutureLab: Read, Listen, Connect. Specially dedicated Europe Readr bookshelf will be created at the larger national cultural institutes, in partnership with European Literature Network a series of podcasts will be recorded featuring European Readr authors, and a series of round tables hosting European experts from different areas will explore questions related to the future of living on various levels in the post-pandemic era as part of the Bristol Festival of Future City. The project is supported by EU Delegation to the UK and European Parliament UK Office.
The Slovenian Presidency of the EU Council is the initiator and coordinator of the project, co-designed with EU Member States and supported by EU institutions. The Slovenian Presidency will use Europe Readr to contribute to the debate on the future of Europe and to put an emphasis on the importance of culture as a driving force of international integration and sustainable development.