International poetry festival kicks off in Bucharest in May

The Bucharest International Poetry Festival, an event bringing together poets from all over the world, will take place this year between May 15 and May 21.

Poets coming from China, United Kingdom, Canada, Italy or Poland are among the guests of this year’s edition of the festival. More than 20 events are scheduled to take place in 10 cultural spaces throughout the capital, including the National Museum of the Romanian Literature, the Central University Library, the Bucharest City Museum, Green Hours Jazz-Café, the Social Dialogue Group, Point, Humanitas Cişmigiu and Humanitas Kretzulescu bookstores, Tramvaiul 26, and the Tudor Arghezi – Mărţişor Museum.

The festival’s program includes round tables, debates, book launches, conferences, jazz recitals and events for children. At the same time, members from all over Europe of PEN International, a writers and editors network, will be present in Bucharest for the organization’s anniversary.

Some of the international guests expected to attend the festival are: Entela Kasi (Albania), Hugo Mujica (Argentina), Marco Lucchesi (Braz, Gueorgui Konstantinov (Bulgaria), Călin-Andrei Mihăilescu (Canada), Simona Racková (Check Republic), Olga Walló (Check Republic), Hu Chuanvy (China), Jidi Majia (China), Gao Xing (China), Gong Xuemin (China), Gil-Won Lee (South Korea), Nadežda Čačinovič (Croatia), Olja Savičević (Croatia), Kätlin Kaldmaa (Estonia), Jarkko Tontti (Finland), Sylvestre Clancier (France), Regula Venske (Germany), Victor Ivanovici (Greece), Bruno Mazzoni (Italy), Marco Di Pasquale (Italy), Katica Kulavkova (Macedonia), Enormi Stationis (Poland), Emilian Galaicu-Păun (Moldova), Nikolay Zvyagintsev (Russia), Barbara Korun (Slovenia), Veronika Dintinjana (Slovenia), Ioana Gruia (Spain), Jordi Valls (Spain), Adam J. Sorkin (US), Haydar Ergülen (Turkey), Mykola Riabchuk (Ukraine), Géza Szöcs (Hungary).

Experimental poets such as Christian Foley (UK), Steven J. Fowler (UK), Max Hofler (Austria), Christian Bök (Canada/Australia), Maja Jantar (The Netherlands/Belgium), LaTasha N. Navada Diggs (US) will meet Romanian counterparts Mugur Grosu, Claudiu Komartin, Răzvan Ţupa and US-born Tara Skurtu as part of the show metaMorph, an experimental poetry performance curated by Simona Nastac.

Many other Romanian poets, of all generations, will attend the event.

The festival is organized by the National Museum of Romanian Literature. Its first edition took place in 2010.

The program of the festival is being updated here.

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