The sixth instalment of the White Ravens Festival for International Children’s and Young Adult Literature was set to run from 11 - 15 July 2021. The Festival is made possible through the sponsorship of the Bavarian State Minister for Science and Art. Over the course of five days, authors and illustrators from Germany and abroad read from their most recent works, lead writing workshops and other interactive events, and discussed their life and works. The Festival’s focus is as much on renowned and acclaimed authors as it is on new literary discoveries, and its German and international program aims to build bridges between cultures. Bringing authors and illustrators into contact with readers both young and old is central to the purpose of the Festival.
The Festival is named for the “White Ravens” of the International Youth Library, which in specialists’ circles stand for extraordinary and innovative books for children and adolescents. The Library publishes an annual international book review catalogue titled “White Ravens”. The “White Ravens” selected for inclusion in the catalogue all inspire and provoke, set new trends, and are of the highest quality in terms of language, content and artistry.
The White Ravens Festival showcases children’s and young adult literature thus conceived. The main Festival location is Blutenburg Castle in Munich, which is the seat of the International Youth Library. Invited authors will also appear at schools, libraries and other locations around Munich and some cities in Bavaria. Afternoon and evening events are open to the public, school events for all grade levels, as well as numerous readings and initiatives for audience participation and listening will be offered.
The next White Ravens Festival is planned for July 2023.