The 18th poesiefestival berlin: Europe_ Fata Morgana marks another year in the long-term cooperation between LAF and one of world’s leading international poetry festivals. This year, the idea of Europe is at the heart of the festival programme. Around 170 poets and artists from 42 countries are bringing poetry to the stage in all its diversity – in readings, performances, concerts and exhibitions.
As every year, the festival opens with Weltklang – Night of Poetry, featuring, among others, John Burnside (Scotland), Yasuki Fukushima (Japan), Mila Haugová (Slovakia), M. NourbeSe Philip (Tobago/Canada), and our New Voice 2017 Charlotte van den Broeck (Belgium).
In Studio Europa the festival presents new literary discoveries in a panorama of contemporary European poetry, with five emerging poets acclaimed in their own countries, offering their poetic view on world events. Our h
Our joint project this year is the annual VERSschmuggel / reVERSible poetry translation workshop with the first ever collaboration between Kurdish and German poets possible. Six poets form the entire Kurdish region will work on mutual translations with six German poets. Click on the link above to read about them.
In three D poetry artists from around the world living in Berlin experiment with the three genres of dance, text and music. The Spoken brings together first-class international Poetry Slammers and Spoken Word artists. Just a Word, Europe gives a multilingual hearing to poetic perspectives on Europe from the outside, from 22 countries adjoining the European Union; and Poets’ Corner takes poetry to multiple locations around Berlin.
The festival also host a large annual meeting of festival directors, and a meeting Lyrikline partners making it possible for those who programme events and make poetry available online to exchange ideas and experience the festival.
The Poetry Market on the last day of the festival puts a special focus on Dresden, which will have the opportunity to show itself as the cosmopolitan, colourful and multi-lingual city that it is in a programme of events on the stage and for children.
Festival programme and ticket sales are online. Poesiefestival berlin is organized by Haus für Poesie in co-operation with the Berlin Academy of Arts.
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