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About Kapittel

Kapittel, Stavanger International Festival for Literature and Freedom of Speech, is an annual festival organised by Sølvberget, Stavanger Cultural Centre.

Kapittel is the second largest literature festival in Norway, and maintains a strong focus on international literature and social issues, in particular freedom of expression.

The aim of the festival is to bring new literary voices to its audience, and to be a venue for a wide and interesting range of fiction and non-fiction from Norwegian and international writers.

Kapittel 09

Traditionally the festival has a main theme which varies every year. To further strengthen its profile of freedom of expression, this year’s theme is RISK. Under this heading Kapittel 09 will be able to approach the literary field from several angles, as well as bringing the usual dimensions of social and international politics. Kapittel 09 is taking place between 16 and 20 September.

With a theme such as risk, the ongoing so-called financial crisis with its impacts and predictions will be a central aspect of the festival. In this context Kapittel will put focus on the Nordic region, particularly Iceland.

Kapittel's primary target group is a literature-loving and socially engaged reading audience. The festival's impact area, however, is vast, and will reach groups that are not automatically influenced by a literature festival.

The festival organises literary class visits for kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools and high schools. Kapittel Film is the festival's own film festival, featuring topical documentaries.

General festival information

Kapittel, Stavanger International Festival for Literature and Freedom of Speech.

  • Time of the festival: Week 37/38 every year. In 2009: 16-20 September
  • The festival's main venue: Sølvberget, Stavanger Cultural Centre
  • Contact person: Festival manager Eirik Bø
  • Telephone: +47 948 16 082 | +47 51 50 79 61
  • E-mail: eirik.bo@solvberget.no