Europe is connected by small differences that we call culture. Coffeehouses are places where the richness of culture, diversities and destinies meet.

Whether a café in Rome or Paris, a Viennese kaffeehaus, a kneipe in Berlin or a London coffeehouse - all these places are meeting points where conversations happen, information is exchanged and many stories are told.  Coffeehouses were the 'traditional home' of artists, musicians and other bohemians. They are also where many songs and literary homages were called into life.  

To bring this spirit alive, the EUNIC network in Slovenia organised Cafe de l'Europe, an evening event where famous Slovenian actors read short excerpts from literature from Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK, in the original language with Slovenian interpretation. The evening was hosted by Ales Steger who also selected the texts. 

The event was jointly organised by EUNIC Slovenia, Network of the European National Institutes for Culture in November 2013 at Kavarna Union in Ljubljana.

Cafe de l'Europe: selected texts from the event

Giovanni Giacomo Casanova: Avtobiografija (it)

Anonymus: The Character of a Coffee-House (eng)

Jean Paul Sartre: Le garçon de café (fr)

Peter Altenberg: Regeln füer meinen Stammtisch (at)

Erich Kästner: Sachliche Romanze (dt)

Federico García Lorca: El café de chinitas (sp)

Alfred Polgar: Theorie des „Café Central" (at)

Raymond Queneau: Nepričakovano (fr)

Carol Ann Duffy: Café Royal (eng)

Gottfried Benn: Restaurant (dt)