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Tübingen 50

2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of Durham's twinning with the German university city of Tübingen. Throughout 2019, guests from Tübingen will take part in a series of festivals and special events while representatives from Durham will travel to Tübingen to take part in the celebrations there.

Events and activities 

The programme of special events and activities runs throughout 2019. Information will be added to this page as details are finalised and could be subject to change so please keep checking back for up to date information.

Events at Durham Book Festival

Dagmar Leupold

5 - 13 October 2019

Director of the Studio Literature and Theater of the University of Tübingen, Dagmar Leupold will join writers' panel discussion at Durham Book Festival.

Jasmine Simms and Marcus Hammerschmitt: Tübingen Exchange

Saturday 12 October

This event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the twinning of Tübingen in Germany and County Durham, bringing together two writers to reflect on each other's cultures and to share the work they created inspired by their experiences. Chaired by Dr Caitríona Ní Dhúill, Durham University.

The Best of European Literature: Herman Koch and Dagmar Leupold

Sunday 13 October

This event brings together two acclaimed European writers: Holland's Herman Koch and Germany's Dagmar Leupold. Chaired by Professor Jonathan Long, Durham University.

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In partnership with

  • Europe Direct Durham
  • Goethe Institute
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