All videos will be streamed via the Festival Facebook page on March 26th 2021 (live) and March 27th 2021 (recorded readings).
Register now to appear on the Festival’s Google map !
Every year, the Festival challenges thousands of readers to use digital technology to share classical culture and give Ancient Greek and Latin authors a wider audience worldwide through social media.
Anyone can participate, individually or within a group. Why not film yourself reading a few pages aloud and send your video to the Festival team?
It will be shared on the Festival’s Facebook page on March 26th and 27th with hundreds of other posted readings, providing the audience a remarkable, moving, and powerful cultural experience.
In 2021, we invite you to celebrate Apuleius’ ‘Metamorphoses’: please register as soon as you can to help bring this extraordinary story into the spotlight ! Once registered, your group of readers will appear on the interactive project map :
How to contribute?
1/ Form a group of readers, then choose a date and a location for your performance reading (a library, a bookstore, a store, a public place, a home…). You may participate in this event by yourself, too.
2/ Choose one or more excerpts from Apuleius’ ‘Metamorphoses’.
3/ If you are in a group, assign each reader a section; they will read it aloud in the language of their choice.
4/ Record your readings with a smartphone * :
After greeting the viewer and letting them know that you are about to read an excerpt from Apuleius’ ‘Metamorphoses’,
– name your country and your city, and, if any, the organization you belong to (association, school, university, library, bookstore, museum…)
– mention the language (s) in which you are about to read
– shortly describe the content of the chosen excerpt(s)
– then read while looking at the camera as much as possible !
Fill out the form and register as soon as possible!
Feel free to enhance your reading with acting, music, or props (like wreaths of roses or donkey ears, for example).
* Need help filming your reading or sending your video through We Transfer ? Click here
Streaming Live : If you are a fan of Facebook Live videos, you can live stream your performance on March 26th !
We will provide you a time slot that matches your schedule.
Then, on March 26th, access the Festival’s Facebook page with the provided codes and select Live video.
Write the following description:
« Apuleius Reading 2021: Your country Your city Your identity (school, university, association, passionate readers, etc.) »
Switch on the live broadcast!
If you choose this option, please fill out this form by March 19th.
Bonus: Join our virtual trip from Hypata to Madaure in the footsteps of Lucius and Apuleius!
How about leaving on a virtual journey, following in the footsteps of Lucius and Apuleius? This is the unprecedented adventure that the Festival invites you to experience!
We leave Hypata, where the novel begins, for Madaure, Apuleius’ hometown. The trip will be achieved through the reading performances: the cumulated number of pages read will equal the number of kilometers traveled ! Visit the Festival’s Facebook page to follow the progress of this fascinating trip !
Discover the journey from Hypata to Madaure
Departure from Hypata:
The city is located in the Roman province of Macedonia (now Ypati, Greece) on the northern slope of the Oeta Mountains, the northern and most important mountains in Thessaly. At the beginning of the novel, while visiting Hypata, famous for its history of magic and witchcraft, Lucius is transformed into a donkey.
1st stop : Corinth, Roman province of Achaia (Greece) – 230 km
Stolen by thieves, the donkey Lucius is forced to leave the exciting and prosperous Hypata for rugged and bushy trails scattered with caverns and humble settlements.
Stolen a second time, by a legionary, he ends up purchased by a high magistrate who takes him to his hometown in Corinth (Corinth is also Lucius’ hometown).
Corinth is the flourishing and polished capital of the province of Achaia. A few kilometers away, in the port of Cenchrea, the hero recovers his human body thanks to the benevolence of the goddess Isis.
2nd stop: Rome, capital of the Roman Empire (Italy) – 1140 km
Citizens of the Roman Empire, Lucius and Apuleius both sojourned in Rome for a long time. The author of the « Metamorphoses » worked there as a lawyer. His character, Lucius, moves to Rome after his second metamorphosis to become a servant of the goddess Isis : the location is the end of both his adventures and the novel.
3rd stop: Carthago, Roman province of proconsular Africa (Tunisia) – 920 km
Apuleius studied rhetoric in this influential cultural hub in Roman Africa.
Arrival: Madaure, Roman province of proconsular Africa (now M’Daourouch, in Algeria) – 280 km
Our journey ends in Madaure, the hometown of Apuleius. Born in a wealthy family of Roman citizens with a Berber heritage, he achieved there a remarkable first course of education. The city used to be home to a famous school of philosophy where Augustin d’Hippone – Saint-Augustin – studied two centuries later.
We wish you all a pleasant reading and happy imaginary adventures in the footsteps of Lucius and Apuleius!