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Worldwide Reading for the Dead of the Pandemic

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Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

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There will be a worldwide reading for the dead of the Covid-19 pandemic on 5th September 2021.

The international literature festival berlin [ilb] calls on individuals, schools, universities, cultural institutions and media to participate in a Worldwide Reading for the Dead of the Corona Pandemic on September 5, 2021. The reading is intended to commemorate those who died in the pandemic.

Worldwide Readings

On the occasion of the third anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, the Peter-Weiss-Stiftung für Kunst und Politik e.V. (Berlin) initiated the “Anniversary of the Political Lie” and the Worldwide Readings. Cultural institutions, theatres and interested people in various cities worldwide were invited to hold readings of Eliot Weinbergers “What I Heard about Iraq”. Since then, the readings take place in irregular intervals, sometimes several times a year. They focus on political topics which are relevant worldwide as well as the fate of politically active personalities such as Edward Snowden or the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo. The aim of the events and activities is to raise awareness of the form and content of political communication. Since lies belong to the equipment of political groups at the start of the twenty-first century, it is crucial that the strength of those who protest against them is not weakened. In the following, the respective appeals, lists of signatories as well as participants and the texts which were read in different languages of all previous readings can be found. Furthermore, documentation material of the events is provided.

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