Literatur&Wein festival ended successfully second day in a row and left the attendees wanting more.
Second day of the festival – more than three hundred visitors "climbed up" Göttweig hill to attend Friday evening programme. This day of the festival was sold out already by middle of March. We probably could have sold five hundred tickets …
The audience – like every year – enjoyed literature & music and enjoyed wine as well as the unique atmosphere of monastery Stift Göttweig, which is built on a soft hill with view to the world famous Wachau Valley. Every April this monastery somehow becomes our second home!
After the opening speeches at 6 p.m. the first author being on stage was Swiss writer Dorothée Elmiger being followed by Anna-Elisabeth Mayer from Austria, who read from her second novel "Die Hunde von Montpellier". Then "The Strottern & Blech" proved that music from the city of Vienna perfectly harmonizes with alpine sounds.
In the following interval people rushed to the winebar organized by our reliable partner Ursin Haus (www.ursinhaus.at) as well as they beleaguered bookstore thalia, who offered a wide range of books of the writers of the festival.
The second block of Friday night consisted of Swiss Peter Stamm and Austrian Heinrich Steinfest, who both read from their latest books.
After the second interval Austrian writer Arno Geiger, who was awarded the German Book Prize in 2005, read excerpts from his bestseller novel "Selbstporträt mit Flußpferd".
It was already after 11 p.m. when Arno Geiger finished and "The Strottern & Blech" went on stage for the third time … and – Brunnensaal of Göttweig monastery still was crowded!
Second day of the festival and second big success. But audience, writers and organizers still want more …