About the festival

7. Festival Edition

During one week in July 2019 the idyllic Old Botanical Garden will be turned into a poetic overall experience.  This unique international literary festival is jointly presented by the two major institutions for literary events in Zurich, the Literaturhaus Zürich and Kaufleuten. 

Main Program

The evening program consists of premieres, performances and readings with internationally acclaimed writers and equally exciting newcomers.

Best of Performance Poetry
Words on Stage

The format is dedicated to all the forms of literature which combine the art of storytelling with an outstanding stage performance – ranging from Spoken Word until Sound Poetry and Pop Concerts.

Words on Stage will take place on the closing night of the festival, on Sunday, July 14 2019.


Curatorial Team

The Festival Program is jointly curated by:

  • Gesa Schneider, Head of Literaturhaus Zürich
  • Corina Freudiger, Head of the Cultural Program of Kaufleuten 
  • Andreas Heusser, Director of  Openair Literatur Festival Zürich