Atlantide, Les Mots du Monde à Nantes
Du 28 février au 3 mars 2019

Co-produced by La Cité Nantes Congress Centre and Le Lieu Unique, Nantes national stage

Since it was founded in 2013, the annual Atlantide, Les Mots du Monde à Nantes, Festival des littératures, 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.

“I consider unusual encounters, places, trips, authors and writing as a means to fertilize a humanism where the imagination would be as colorful as the rainbow and push us to question ourselves. “
— Alain Mabanckou, Le monde est mon langage

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
  • La Maison de la Poésie de Nantes
  • Maison Fumetti
  • Cezam Pays de la Loire
  • L’Institut des Études avancées (INA)
  • Le Centre culturel Franco-Espagnol de Nantes
  • Le Centre culturel du Monde Arabe de Nantes
  • La Maison de l’Afrique de Nantes
  • 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