ITEF- Istanbul International Literature Festival was initiated by Kalem Agency and it has been organized by Kalem Culture Association which is a non-profit foundation, since 2009.
It is the first international literary festival of Turkey focusing on a variety of genres, and to bring together writers, publishers, literary translators, critics and journalists for a series of inspirational encounters. Festival organizes more than 80 events each year, under different themes. These events are open to public, free and have a wide spectrum that ranges from conversations to panels, from literature workshops to reading events. The aim is to be the meeting point for artists from all around the world who wish to expand their relationships without boundaries.
ITEF is a non-profit organization which continues its activities without the government support for 11 years.
ITEF creates an environment which offers a possibility of cooperation of both local writers and publishing houses with foreign publishing houses, editors, translators and writers and also offers to literature lovers.
ITEF- Istanbul International Literature Festival has hosted 500 writers and 135 literature professionals since 2009.
The table below shows the chronogical order and numeric datas of the previous festivals:
|Years||Themes||Numbers of audience||Numbers of events|
| 2009||City and Time||476||42|
|2010||City and Man||520||43|
|2011||City and Food||517||38|
|2012||City and Fear||692||48|
|2013||City and Game||433||33|
|2014||City and Journey||906||49|
|2015||City and Frontiers||451||32|
|2016||City and Voices||358||25|
|2017||City and Dream||601||40|
|2018||We Follow Literature||714||46|
Besides all the activities, ITEF also organizes a fellowship programme which aims to increase the visibility of Turkish literature abroad, to promote Turkish literature worldwide and to enrich the literary scene in Turkey by extending horizons and creating new dialogues. With these aims in mind, the festival established the ITEF Fellowship Program. The Fellowship programme first started in 2011 and has hosted 148 fellows and from 40 countries, till today.
ITEF is a unique meeting point in Istanbul for writers, publishers, agents, translators, journalists, literary fund managers, festival coordinators and all of those who are passionate about the world literature. The program allows a limited number of literary professionals around the world to meet with Turkish counterparts in their field, to share best practice and ideas and spark new projects and literary exchanges.
ITEF 2020 will be held between 3-6th June under the theme of "Sunflower Literature”.This year's certain writers include: Dževad Karahasan, Alejandro Zambra, Eva Meijer, Vladimir Pistalo, Michal Ajvaz, Marek Šindelka, Juan Gabriel Vasquez, Mircea Cartarescu.
ITEF-Istanbul International Literature Festival social media accounts;
Web site: www.itef.com.tr
ITEF- Istanbul International Literature Festival contacts;
T: +90 216 345 42 47
Adress: Moda Cad. Caferağa Mah.
Erengül Apt. No:110/1