CROWD – CReating Other Ways of Dissemination is a self-starting network in the European independent literary scene founded by Lettrétage (Germany), Forum Stadtpark (Austria), Nuoren Voiman Liitto (Finland) and IDEOGRAMMA (Cyprus).
Composed of inspiring, independent literary activists, the network promotes mutual, interactive exchange, gaining access to a wide audience through digital as well as analogue means. Through CROWD, diverse, contemporary literary scenes across Europe will be discovered and further developed.
Between 2014 and 2016, CROWD is hosting a conference, a festival and a pan-European OMNIBUS reading tour, covering the continent from north to south by bus.
Altogether over a hundred authors will be embarking on the three-month roadtrip from Finland to Cyprus. The tour will take authors to urban as well as rural European regions. Through readings and discussions, an in-depth dialogue will be generated between authors and the local audience.
Via the mobile app AGORA, CROWD offers both its audience and literary activists the opportunity to experience and get involved in the European literary scene in real time.
As a European think-tank for face-to-face encounters and digital interaction, CROWD facilitates real-time experience of contemporary literature that hasn’t as yet been institutionalised. CROWD wants to uncover the most diverse ideas in contemporary European literature, collectively develop and introduce them to Europe-wide, public discourse. CROWD wants to raise mutual awareness among parallel communities, and ultimately – through focusing on literary promotion – significantly and sustainably expand the reach of cutting-edge, contemporary literature, irrespective of original language. CROWD aims to establish a European literary public that is itself able to form the backbone of a collective and varied contemporary literature model.
Key promoters of the current CROWD network (December 2014 to November 2016) include the European Union CREATIVE EUROPE programme, the German Federal Cultural Foundation, Nordic Culture Point, the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation, the Austrian Federal Chancellery, the Land Steiermark, Graz Kultur, the Berlin Senate, the Hamburg Cultural Foundation, the Prussian Maritime Trade Foundation, in addition to numerous other patrons and sponsors across Europe.