Europe’s poets celebrated in Rome on World Poetry Day


Rome is hosting a unique cultural event dedicated to contemporary European poetry, consisting of native tongue poetry readings in the picturesque background of the Hungarian Academy in Rome and a meet & greet with authors at Casa delle Letterature. Poets from thirteen countries will be reading their work, including poet Daniela Crasnaru from Romania.
On the World Poetry Day, the Rome branch of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) network, in collaboration with Casa delle Letterature attached to the Culture, Creativity, and Artistic Promotion Department in Rome, the United Federation of Italian Writers, and the European Commission’s Translation Department will organize an ambitious event honoring European poetry and languages.
As part of this large-scale reunion, Italian poets Daniela Attanasio and Paolo Febbraro will meet participating European poets at the round table. Later in the evening, all thirteen poets hailing from various corners of Europe will read fragments of their work in their native tongue (Italian translations will be projected on a screen) at the Hungarian Academy of Rome (Accademia d’Ungheria in Roma): Karl Lubomirski (Austria), Ekaterina Josifova (Bulgaria), Sarah Zuhra Lukanic (Croatia), Ulrike Draesner (Germany), Tomaso Binga (Italy), Wojciech Bonowicz (Poland), Jose Tolentino Mendonca (Portugal), Petr Borkovec (the Czech Republic), Daniela Crasnaru (Romania), Kucbelova Katarina (Slovakia), Dusan Sarotar (Slovenia), Zingonia Zingone (Spain), and Kanyadi Sandor (Hungary).
Set up by UNESCO in 1999 and observed since 2000, the World Poetry Day acknowledges and pays tribute to the privileged role of poetic expression in promoting intercultural dialog and understanding, cultural and linguistic diversity, communication, and peace.
Poetry also celebrated in Romania
Romania will also be contributing to this homage today through a campaign aimed at gathering over 15,000 poems by inviting the customers of 150 venues throughout the country to pay for coffee with creative poems jotted down on napkins. Thus, the initiators of the ‘Poetry Can Make the World a Better Place’ campaign hope to rise to the challenge of collecting 15,000 poems in one day. Customers who choose the 150 Julius Meinl coffee shops spread throughout 55 towns of Romania – Constanta, Timisoara, Giurgiu, Sighetul Marmatiei, Suceava, Craiova, Cluj Napoca, and Buzau, to mention only a few – will have the opportunity to pay for their coffee in poetry. The event is part of the Julius Meinl campaign entitled ‘Poetry Can Make the World a Better Place’ through which the well-known brand plans to bring poetry back into the attention of the public. The campaign started in October 2013, when an entire subway train was pasted up with poetry lines, in the hope of cheering up a rainy autumn day. For an entire day, clients of 80 coffee shops in the country were likewise given the chance to buy coffee in exchange for poems.
Because music and poetry make a good team, a cultural event entitled ‘Embrace,’ dedicated to poet Nichita Stanescu who would have been 81 years old today, will take place on March 31, 7.30 p.m. at the Excelsior Theater in Bucharest. Musician Victor Socaciu will launch his latest record, ‘Embrace,’ based on ten poems written by Nichita Stanescu. Poet, writer, and essayist, Nichita Stanescu was named member of the Romanian Academy after his death. Chronologically, structurally, and formally he belongs to Modernist poetry or Romanian Neo-Modernism, which manifested itself during the 1960s and 1970s. Nichita Stanescu was a Herder laureate, a prestigious international cultural distinction.

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