*The event will be held between 15th and 21st of May, in 10 cultural locations in Bucharest
For one week, between 15th and 21st of May, more than 100 poets from over 30 countries will come to Bucharest for the 8th edition of the Bucharest International Poetry Festival (FIPB), providing poetry lovers with the opportunity to participate in more than 20 events, organized in 10 famous cultural locations of the city: the National Museum of the Romanian Literature (38 Nicolae Cretulescu Street), Central University Library “Carol I”, Bucharest City Museum – the Filipescu-Cesianu House, Green Hours jazz-café, The Group for Social Dialogue, Point, Humanitas Cismigiu Bookstore, Humanitas Kretzulescu Bookstore, Tramvaiul 26, the “Tudor Arghezi – Martisor” Memorial Museum. The agenda includes round tables, debates, performances and jazz recitals, book launches, conferences, and – for the first time in the project’s history – events for children. An original moment in the architecture of this year’s edition is given by the PEN celebration – an important and prestigious institution which integrates Romanian writers in the literary life of the world -, a moment that brings PEN members from almost all of the European countries in Bucharest.
The FIPB guests from abroad are internationally famous names: Entela Kasi (Albania), Hugo Mujica (Argentina), Marco Lucchesi (Brazil), Gueorgui Konstantinov (Bulgaria), Calin-Andrei Mihailescu (Canada), Simona Racková (Czech Republic), Olga Walló (Czech Republic), Hu Xian (China), Jidi Majia (China), Gao Xing (China), Gong Xuemin (China), Lee Gil-Won (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 (FYR of Macedonia), Enormi Stationis (Poland), Emilian Galaicu-Păun (Republic of Moldova), Nikolay Zvyagintsev (Russia), Barbara Korun (Slovenia), Veronika Dintinjana (Slovenia), Ioana Gruia (Spain), Jordi Valls (Spain), Adam J. Sorkin (USA), Haydar Ergülen (Turkey), Mykola Riabchuk (Ukraine), Géza Szöcs (Hungary).
There is also included a high class selection of experimental poets, also well-known worldwide, at the events in this area: Christian Foley (U.K.), Steven J. Fowler (U.K.), Max Höfler (Austria), Christian Bök (Canada / Australia), Maja Jantar (Netherlands / Belgium), LaTasha N. Navada Diggs (USA), who will meet their Romanian fellows Mugur Grosu, Claudiu Komartin, Razvan Tupa and Tara Skurtu, within the show metaMorph – an experimental poetry performance. Curator: Simona Nastac (Romania/U.K.).
Romanian poetry will be represented by an impressive number of authors of all generations.
Last years’ evolution and the amplitude of this year’s edition turn the Bucharest International Poetry Festival (FIPB0 in the most important festival of its kind in Romania.
“The Bucharest International poetry Festival is an absolutely necessary cultural initiative, in the EU context and in the context of the common cultural values promoted through it. At the first edition, in 2010, Bucharest was one of the few European capitals which didn’t organize and host a large festival of this kind. Shortly after its appearance in the Romanian cultural life, FIPB has covered this deficit, and today it brings poetry as a major literary genre, as well as the poets and their distinct voices, into the attention of a wide audience who loves various forms of poetic expression. For one week, people in Bucharest will enjoy the events in which we challenge them to participate, much more numerous and varied compared to previous editions, dedicated to all ages, from kids, who, within original workshops, will discover contemporary poetry with us, to adults who (don’t) know the poetry languages, all of them now having direct access to this alive phenomenon, in a continuous transformation. An overview on the contemporary poetry from around the world, an interactive and dynamic week, in the world capital of the lyrics”, stated Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ioan Cristescu, the Director of the National Museum of the Romanian Literature.