An entire city reads a book - that sounds unlikely and very ambitious at first. But it can succeed: This is shown by the experiences we have made with the first three runs in 2016, 2018 and 2020. The good response and the Arts Sponsorship Award of the city Regensburg 2020 have encouraged us to plan and realize the format in the upcoming year again, despite Corona.
This time, we are happy to announce a very special cooperation: We are reading together with the city of Tel Aviv in Israel!
The request for the cooperation came from the Office for Economy, Science, Technology, Education and Youth Exchange of Bavaria in Israel, which is based in Tel Aviv, via the Bavarian Association of Cultural and Creative Industries BLVKK.
We will start the programme with a time delay, partly streaming events and if possible, travel to the respective city for the opening events. Because of this, 2022 is going to be titled: Regensburg and Tel Aviv are reading a book!
People of almost all ages in the cities and the surrounding areas will be reading the book, visiting the events that will take place in Regensburg from 14 March to 8 April (in Tel Aviv expected from 21 March to 1 April), partly with the author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, discussing the content in reading circles or at so-called reading points, and plan other event formats themselves that could take place during the campaign period.
The book has a strong focus on younger readers, as the topics dealt with in the book itself have a lot to do with their everyday reality.
The project stands for promoting reading and the commitment of the individual and diverse linked cultural scene in the city. During the events the content of the book as well as the author herself will be centred on different levels: cultural, social, political, psychological, legal; in theatres, schools, pubs, urban spaces, on stages, at exhibitions and readings, panel discussions, etc.
The goal is to inspire as many people with different interests as possible through different event formats and the engagement of numerous cultural institutions in the city, individuals and literary initiatives.