It has been already 4 days since the 9th edition of the Bucharest International Poetry Festival started in Bucharest, an event organized annually by the National Museum of Romanian Literature.
By now, more than 150 Romanian and foreign poets met the Bucharest audience in more than cultural events. We had the joy to have as special guest the Portuguese writer António Lobo Antunes, who launched for the Romanian public the novel On the rivers that are leading…, recently published as translated by Dinu Flamand. But the ambiance of the festival was complemented by book launches, performances of contemporary authors, debates, book fairs, exhibitions, meetings with high school students or public readings.
On Monday, we enjoyed a recital of the unique Mircea Dinescu (photo) in the garden of the National Museum of Romanian Literature, on Tuesday, we benefited from the presence of Matei Visniec and Bonnie Tchien in the wonderful performance Mamaliga; on Wednesday, Anne-James Chaton and Andy Moor performed the Heretics concert in front of the Bucharest audience, and on Thursday, the foreign poets stayed together in a large common poetry reading in the Aula of the “Carol I” Central University Library.
Starting today, Bucharest International Poetry Festival joins the special program prepared for the Museums Night. For 3 days, the two premises of the National Museum of Romanian Literature (64-66 Calea Grivitei, and 8 Nicolae Cretulescu Street) and important Memorial Houses of the most known Romanian writers are open to the public of all ages with a diverse cultural offer and a special visiting program, being dedicated to poetry.
Today, starting at 17.00, at the National Museum of Romanian Literature (8 Nicolae Cretulescu Street), you can meet Jean Portante, an important Luxembourgian writer, whose work consists of more than 40 novels, short prose, plays and poems, in the performance called Dans la peau de la peau&sie. Starting at 18.00, the series of public readings of foreign authors continues in the Aula of the “Carol I” Central University Library, with Bruce Weigl (USA), James Byrne (England), Maarja Kangro (Estonia), Sébastien Reichmann (France), Jan H. Mysjkin (Belgium), Karl Schembri (Malta), Arvis Viguls (Latvia), Aušra Kaziliūnaitė (Lithuania), Najwan Darwish (Palestine), Zofia Bałdyga (Poland), Jordi Virallonga (Spain), while starting at 20.00, Apolo 111 will host the much awaited event MultiVerse – an experimental poetry performance with cu Emma Bennet, Anne-James Chaton, Robert G. Elekes, Eduard Escoffet, Douglas Kearney, Eugene Ostashevsky, Holly Pester, Andra Rotaru, OYIO feat. Paula Dunker, W. Mark Sutherland and Erica Zingano.
On Saturday, the cultural offer of the Festival includes more than 20 events. We recommend, starting at 17.00, the performance Noli me tangere (the National Museum of Romanian Literature, 8 Nicolae Cretulescu Street), with cu Isabelle Maurel (France), Davide Napoli (France/Italy), Cornelia Petroiu (Romania), and the performance Polifonic (the National Museum of Romanian Literature, 64-66 Calea Grivitei), with Michael Astner, Andrei Dósa, Robert G. Elekes, Matei Hutopila, Henriette Kemenes, Claudiu Komartin, Mihók Tamás, Aleksandar Stoicovici, Livia Stefan and Victor Tvetov. Also, for those who want to spend a night of poetry, the 10th edition of the International Poetry and Jazz Marathon is organized and will start at 20.00 in the Aula of the “Carol I” Central University Library. Moreover, within the Festival, Bucharest public can enjoy movie screenings, concerts and many poetry readings.
Sunday is the last day of the Bucharest International Poetry Festival, which will end with a festivity organized at the National Museum of Romanian Literature (8 Nicolae Cretulescu Street) starting at 18.00, being followed, at 20.00, by the concert of the Romanian musician Nicu Alifantis.
The full program of the Festival is available at www.fipb.ro; the events will take place both in Romanian and in English, French and Spanish. Bucharest International poetry Festival definitely shows us, from one year to another, that poetry is a living genre, adapted to the today’s society, in which people of all ages are reflected.