The 9th edition of the Bucharest International Poetry Festival will start in Bucharest on Monday, May 14. For one week, until May 20, more than 150 poets from over 30 countries will come to Bucharest, giving the opportunity to those who love poetry, to participate in more than 40 events organized in 11 known cultural spaces in the city: the two premises of the National Museum of Romanian Literature (8 Nicole Cretulescu Street, and 64-66 Calea Grivitei Street), the “Carol I” Central University Library (88 Calea Victoriei Street), the Humanitas Cismigiu Bookstore (38 Regina Elisabeta Boulevard), Carturesti Verona (13-15 Pictor Arthur Verona Street), Apolo 111 (23-25 Ion Brezoianu Street – the universal Palace, B Wing, basement), Tramvaiul 26 (6c Cercului Street), the “Tudor Arghezi – Martisor” Memorial House (26 Martisor Street), Arcub (84-90 Lipscani Street).
The absolute novelty of this edition is the participation of several foreign and Romanian prose writers as honorary guests. A special event is the presence of the writer António Lobo Antunes (Portugal) at the festival.
The program includes public poetry readings, round tables, debates, jazz performances and recitals, book launches, conferences. There will be also events for high school students, through the FIPB = POETRY – FACE TO FACE program.
The foreign guests are internationally renowned names: Dimitris Angelis (Greece), Neil Astley (England), Zofia Bałdyga (Poland), Gaston Bellemare (Canada), Emma Bennet (England), Mariana Bernárdez (Mexico/Spain), Alessio Brandolini (Italy), Rómulo Bustos Aguirre (Columbia), James Byrne (England), Kenia Cano (Mexico), Anne-James Chaton (France), Susan Curtis-Kojakovic (England), Najwan Darwish (Palestine), Eduard Escoffet (Spain), Tony Frazer (England), Albane Gellé (France), Petr Hruška (Czech Republic), Victor Ivanovici (Greece/Romania), Maarja Kangro (Estonia), Rolando Kattán (Honduras), Aušra Kaziliūnaitė (Lithuania), Douglas Kearney (USA), Marco Lucchesi (Brazil), Isabelle Maurel (France), Bruno Mazzoni (Italy), Calin-Andrei Mihailescu (Canada), Wanda Mihuleac (France/Romania), Jan H. Mysjkin (Belgium), Davide Napoli (France/Italy), Corina Oproae (Spain), Eugene Ostashevsky (Germany), Holly Pester (England), Clare Pollard (England), Jean Portante (Luxembourg), Valter Raffaelli (Italy), Sébastien Reichmann (France), Pamela Robertson-Pearce (England), Victor Rodríguez-Núñez (Cuba), Renato Sandoval Bacigalupo (Peru), Karl Schembri (Malta), W. Mark Sutherland (Canada), Bonnie Tchien (France/Taiwan), Eugénia de Vasconcellos (Portugal) Arvis Viguls (Latvia), Jordi Virallonga (Spain), Matei Visniec (France), Bruce Weigl (USA), Erica Zingano (Germany).
Romanian poetry will be represented by an impressive number of authors from all generations.
The evolution of the Bucharest International Poetry Festival in the recent years, as well as the large dimension of this year’ edition turn the Bucharest International Poetry Festival (FIPB) into the most important festival of its kind from Romania.
“Bucharest International Poetry Festival is an absolutely necessary cultural initiative in the context of the European Union and of the common cultural values promoted through it. At the first edition, in 2010, Bucharest was one of the few European capitals that didn’t organize and host a great festival of this kind. Shortly after its appearance on the Romanian cultural stage, FIPB covered this deficit, and today it brings poetry as a major literary genre, as well as poets and their distinct voices, to the attention of a large audience, passionate about the different forms of poetic expression. For one week, Bucharest people will enjoy the events in which we challenge them to participate, much numerous and varied than in the previous editions, dedicated to all ages, from kids, who will discover, within original workshops, contemporary poetry along with us, to adults, who (don’t) know poetic languages, all of them having now a direct access to this living phenomenon which is continuously transforming. An overview of contemporary poetry around the world, an interactive and dynamic week in the world capital of the lyrics”, stated the Manager of the National Museum of Romanian Literature, Univ. Lecturer Ioan Cristescu, PhD.