Poetry International Festival
27 May-3 June 2018
Meet between the lines. With this theme the 49th edition of Poetry International Festival kicks offs on Sunday 27 May. On several locations throughout Rotterdam, (spoken word) poets from around the globe will recite from their own work, be interviewed about their poetry and participate in conversations about special phenomena in contemporary poetry.
The festival presents poets from many countries, including Joost Baars and Nachoum M. Wijnberg (the Netherlands), Christian Bök (Canada), Ida Börjel (Sweden), Sonia Bueno (Spain) and Alí Calderón (Mexico), among many others. All festival poets and spoken word artists give one or more lectures, which start every evening at 8 pm. Prior to this, every evening at 6.30 pm, poets will be interviewed by moderators Hassnae Bouazza, Daan Doesborgh, Janita Monna and Tsead Bruinja. In the specials programs later in the evening, festival poets, together with guest poets and speakers, explore current phenomena in poetry.
The Dutch Foundation for Literature will award the Brockway Prize, the biannual prize for the best recently published volume of Dutch poetry in translation. The award ceremony will take place on Friday 1 June, 16.00 pm. during Kletsen About Übersetzen.
On Saturday 2 June Dutch poets and performers Ellen Deckwitz and Dean Bowen will host a Poetry Academy workshop on writing poetry, followed by an Open Mic during which everybody is invited to take the stage.
During the program ‘Conceived in Advance’, writing and reciting according to a certain concept is the central theme. In ‘Inner State of Dutch Poetry’, the vitality of the current Dutch-written poetry is shown. An important part of this program is the presentation of the C. Buddingh’ Prize, the annual Dutch poetry prize for the best debut in Dutch-written poetry. In ‘Poetry of a Nation / A Nation of Poetry’, poets will talk about poetry that embraces or rejects national identity and in ‘Cross-over Closing’ poetry fuses with other arts such as music, film, dance and visual art.
During ‘Kletsen About Übersetzen’ on Friday 1 June, Dutch translators of poetry tell about the challenges they face during their work. On Saturday 2 June Dutch poets and performers Ellen Deckwitz and Dean Bowen will host a Poetry Academy workshop on writing poetry, followed by an Open Mic during which everybody is invited to take the stage.
For the seventh time during the Poetry International Festival the program ‘Poetry + Art’ will be presented: a discovery tour through leading Rotterdam galleries for exhibitions on the cutting edge of language and visual art. The tour takes the audience along linguistic installations, illustrations, artists’ books and language experiments by renowned artists and up-and-coming talent.