Atlantide, Les Mots du Monde (The Words of the World) in Nantes

Co-produced by La Cité Nantes Events Center and Le Lieu Unique, Nantes national stage

We, the readers, are an elusive group: we always need one book after another.

And this is one of Atlantide’s ambitions, to offer ourselves, and you, new pleasures as well as to relive old love affairs. The theologians decreed that God himself cannot relive the past. This power, however, is given to all of us to rediscover the path of a story that we thought we had forgotten and also make some delightful discoveries.”

Alberto Manguel


Since it was founded in 2013, the annual Atlantide Festival gathers around fifty international and French writers. During four days, the authors and artists share the words of the world and address major societal issues. There is literary material for everyone’s taste, texts and drawings, and visitors are invited to immerse themselves in big literature works and discover new talents.

The programme features meetings, theme discussions, public readings by comedians, youth activities, events in the local bookshops and libraries plus a soirée dedicated to freedom of expression. Atlantide’s artistic director is Alberto Manguel, an Argentine-born author who has written a great deal about reading. He is the director of the National Library in Argentina.

  • 50 guests from over 20 countries
  • Reading sessions
  • A bookshop area with book signings
  • A day for professionals
  • Cooking workshops
  • 50 meetings planned at Le Lieu Unique
  • Around 20 meetings and reading sessions in the city

The festival is now deeply rooted in the Nantes area through a number of partnerships with :

  • La Bibliothèque municipale de Nantes
  • L’association des Librairies Complices de Nantes
  • L’École supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Nantes
  • La Maison de la Poésie de Nantes
  • Le Centre culturel Franco-Allemand de Nantes
  • Le Centre Culturel Franco-Espagnol de Nantes
  • Le Centre culturel Franco-Italien de Nantes
  • Cezam Pays de la Loire
  • Le Château des Ducs de Bretagne
  • Le Cinématographe
  • Festival Aux Heures d’Été
  • Festival Les Rendez-vous de l’Erdre
  • Mobilis, Pôle régional de coopération pour les acteurs du livre et de la lecture