Migration, identity, language: an international poetry evening at the Poetry Days festival

Posted by Nici on 18 November 2023

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Migration, identity, language: international poetry evening showcased the work of five poets participating in our two European projects. Tatev Chakhian, Zofia Baldyga and Gareth Evans-Jones were brought together in  ‘Counterpoint: narrating migration from the periphery as centre’, one of this year’s selected projects for the European Fund for Emerging Artists, while Ivan Antić a Aljaž Primožič were in residence in Prague as part of the Ulysses’ Shelter project. The evening was organised in cooperation with our sister organisation Culture Reset and the Poetry Day Festival, an annual nationwide celebration of poetry commemorating the birthday of the Czech romantic poet Karel Hynek Mácha. The festival celebrated its 25th anniversary and took place in around fifty locations around the country, taking poetry to cafés, libraries and schools.

The online fortnightly Ravt published a feature on the Counterpoint project with translations of the participating poets’ work in an issue dedicated to the theme of migration “Vítejte v novém domově” (Welcome in your new home).

The evening took place at the Václav Havel Library on November 15th with discussion in English and poetry readings in Armenian, Polish, Welsh, Serbian and Slovenian with English and Czech translations.