Vilnius Book Fair is the largest book fair in the Baltic states and ultimately one of the most prominent cultural events in Lithuania. Every February, Vilnius Book Fair promotes and celebrates reading, inviting everyone to meet authors and attend book launches, conversations, screenings, concerts, exhibitions, creative workshops, and other cultural activities.
The theme of Vilnius Book Fair 2024 is a line from a poem by Henrikas Radauskas: “Pasauliu netikiu, o pasaka tikiu” (“I don’t believe in the world, but I believe in fairy tales”).
Vilnius Book Fair is organised by the Lithuanian Publishers Association, the Lithuanian Culture Institute, and LITEXPO
The International Poetry Spring Festival is one of the oldest literary events in Europe. It keeps traditions alive, enriching them with new forms every year, both with great success. Ever since it was founded, the festival has welcomed the most renowned Lithuanian wordsmiths, introduced talented young authors, and reintroduced established poets. An annual anthology that includes a wide range of Lithuanian poetry as well as creative work by guest authors from other countries has already become a trademark of Poetry Spring. … … of May 2024 will mark the 60th edition of the festival.
In the beginning of September, Vilnius will host Capital City Days, a traditional open-air festival. As a part of this celebration, the Lithuanian Publishers Association will invite readers to the Book Square, a pavilion on Cathedral Square featuring a number of publishers.
Here, you will be able to buy the latest books and get them signed by the authors as well as take part in literary events for a wide range of tastes. Our slogan is “Let’s meet by the tower!” and we will invite everyone to spend three days with greatly beloved authors and discover new books, collect autographs, and attend creative workshops.
The Book Square is situated in the very heart of the city, at Cathedral Square between the park and the Bell Tower of Vilnius Cathedral. For three days, it will become a literary meeting point, a cosy space where you can wander under the shady lindens listening to readings from the newest books and be immersed in the secrets of the art of writing.
At the end of September, 2024, Vilnius will host the sixth edition of the OPEN BOOKS literary festival. The highlight of the festival is the Authors’ Gallery, where the most interesting and valuable new books by Lithuanian authors are presented every year. OPEN BOOKS also features world-renowned writers, spotlights young poets, and organises literary conversations about the most significant topics of the year. The festival has already welcomed a number of celebrities of literature and the arts, such as the Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich, Philippe Claudel, Serhiy Zhadan, Kristina Sabaliauskaitė, and Janas Fabre.
Jurga Mandrijauskaitė-Ruškienė is the director and organiser of the festival, while Audrius Ožalas serves as the programme director.
In 2023, the Children’s Book Island literature festival and the Creators’ Island children’s literature industry days will take place from 15 to 19 November. It is organised in collaboration with partners from Estonia, Latvia, and Poland. The theme of the events this year is the city and urban culture in children’s literature. They are dedicated to the 700th anniversary of Vilnius. The festival and the industry days will feature writers, illustrators, and other artists from Lithuania and collaborating countries, who will lead masterclasses, seminars, and creative workshops for the professionals of children’s literature as well as a variety of activities for children from 0 to 12. The events are organised by the literary education programme Land of the Children, founded by the Center for School Improvement, in collaboration with the Lithuanian Culture Institute, the Lithuanian Publishers Association, the Vilnius Academy of Arts, and Vilnius University. The events are supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and Vilnius City Municipality.
Every year, Pavilijono Book Weekend gathers independent publishers of literary fiction and nonfiction in the area of art and the humanities, providing them with a chance to directly present their most interesting and important publications. The three-day marathon of events creates a vibrant yet intimate atmosphere, comprising book launches, literary conversations, and concerts.
Activities for children and young people
Vilnius Literary Residencies
2024 Congress of Literature in Vilnius
Literary evenings and book launches
Information about the activities of other Cities of Literature