More than 60 foreign guests are mentioned in the program of the 10th edition of the Bucharest International Poetry Festival (FIPB), scheduled to take place from May 13 to 19. From “classics” of the genre, such as Ko Un – the most important South Korean poet, nominated four times at the Nobel Prize for Literature –, Marco Antonio Campos – one of the most titled Mexican poets of the moment – or Michel Deguy – laureate of the most prestigious literary awards in the French-language cultural space –, to authors on the rise, names such as Robert Prosser (Austria), Krystyna Dąbrowska (Poland), or Usha Akella (India).
They will introduce themselves to the Bucharest public in events with extremely diverse formats: from public poetry readings to poetry dialogues – face to face, to the long-awaited “performance” moments, with which the last years’ editions of the Bucharest International Poetry Festival accustomed the conceptual art lovers.
“As in the previous years, this year’s experimental evening, named EUPHONIA, returns with a new selection of sound, visual, performative and intermedia, irresolute forms, absolute premieres and works especially created for this event. Nine international and Romanian poets, artists and musicians will perform, exploring the more and more dynamic and hybrid extensions of the contemporary creation of this genre: plurivocalism, multilingualism, shamanism, vocal and gestural improvisation, conceptual, video and electronic poetry. I would like to underline in particular the presence of a legendary figure of the experimental poetry of the Eastern Europe, Katalin Ladik, born in 1942 in Novi Sad, whose practice includes not only written, sound and visual poetry, but also performance, new music, theater, movie and radio plays. It will be a rare opportunity to see her both performing on the Apolo 111 stage and speaking about her art in a meeting with the audience on Wednesday, May 15, at the Tranzit Gallery, starting at 19.00”, poet Simona Nastac, the curator of the project, stated.
One of the most important sections of the program dedicated to the foreign guests is the well-known series of “Public readings”, the “red line” project of this literary marathon which is FIPB (Bucharest International Poetry Festival). They will take place every day, at the Aula of the Central University Library “Carol I” located at 88 Calea Victoriei, and will bring together both foreign guests and more than 100 Romanian poets.
On Monday, May 13, the special guests will be poet MARCO ANTONIO CAMPOS – one of the most titled Mexican poets of the moment; on Wednesday, May 15, foreign poets invited at the festival will be on the stage of Aula 11: KO UN (South Korea), USHA AKELLA (India), EILÉAN NÍ CHUILLEANÁIN (Ireland), JEAN-MARC DESGENT (Canada), CALIN-ANDREI MIHAILESCU (Canada/Romania), FEDERICO DÍAZ-GRANADOS (Columbia), ELENA FANAILOVA (Russia), AKSINIA MIHAYLOVA (Bulgaria), KARIN PESCHKA (Austria), FIONA SAMPSON (UK) and JAROMÍR TYPLT (Czech Republic). On Thursday evening, Mai 16, the following poets will come before the Romanian audience and fellows: JUAN CARLOS ABRIL (Spain), GALE BURNS (UK), KRYSTYNA DABROWSKA (Poland), CZESLAW DŹWIGAJ (Poland), NUNO JÚDICE (Portugal), DENNIS MALONEY (USA), RIRI-SYLVIA MANOR (Israel/Romania), THOMAS MCCARTHY (Ireland), ALBERT MESTRES (Spain), ADAM PUSLOJIĆ (Serbia), ZURAB RTVELIASHVILI (Georgia/Sweden), HELLMUT SEILER (Germania/Romania), CHRIS TANASESCU (Canada/Romania), ANDREI ZANCA (Germania/Romania). On Friday, MAI 17, the last day of mixed public reading will be conducted under the project entitled “Romania-France Season”, for which reason the foreign guests are renowned names of the Hexagon’s poetry: MICHEL DEGUY, MARILYNE BERTONCINI, WERNER LAMBERSY, FRANÇOISE COULMIN, LAURINE ROUSSELET, GUY GOFFETTEPRECUM ȘI RODICA DRAGHINCESCU (France / Romania).
Theater has a special place at the FIPB 10th edition, with three evening performances, of which two are signed by MATEI VISNIEC and one inspired by NINA CASSIAN’s texts: on Wednesday, May 15, the Preview to the public audition of the radio theater production “Cuvintele lui Iov” by Matei Visniec, in the presence of the playwright; on Friday, May 17, Théâtre du Balcon (Avignon), with the play “Cum am dresat un melc pe sanii tai” by Matei Visniec, and on Saturday, May 18, “A(m) iubi(t) iubirea”, a performance by Catalina Buzoianu and Roxana Guttman, an event included in the program Night of Museums 2019.
The list of Romanian guests at FIPB includes: Gabriela Adamesteanu, Laura Albulescu, Adrian Alui Gheorghe, Daniel Banulescu, Romulus Bucur, Florea Burtan, Valentin Busuioc, Ionut Calota, Magda Carneci, Svetlana Carstean, Ruxandra Cesereanu, Aura Christi, Ion Cocora, Dan Coman, Denisa Comanescu, Ioana Craciunescu, Laura Dan, Nichita Danilov, George Daragiu, Mina Decu, Simona Grazia Dima, Caius Dobrescu, Gellu Dorian, Andrei Dosa, Marian Draghici, Florin Dumitrescu, Teodor Duna, Denisa Duran, Robert Elekes, Dinu Flamand, Horia Garbea, Irina-Roxana Georgescu, Sorin Ghergut, Bogdan Ghiu, Ioana Greceanu, Raluca Ialomiteanu, Florin Iaru, Ioana Ieronim, Nora Iuga, Claudiu Komartin, Ovidiu Komlod, Simona Kessler, Vasile Leac, Iuliana Lungu, Angela Marinescu, Nicolae Mares, Mircea Martin, Catalina Matei, Ioan Matiut, Clara Margineanu, Nicoleta Milea, Claudia Minela, Ioana Miron, Alexandru Nathan Moisii, Cosmina Morosan, Ion Muresan, Tiberiu Neacsu, Ioana Nicolaie, Oana Ninu, Andrei Novac, Niculina Oprea, Luca Stefan Ouatu, Dumitru Pacuraru, Cosmin Perta, Denisa Piscu, Dan Plesa, Vasile Poenaru, Ioan Es. Pop, Loreta Popa, Nicoleta Popa, Bogdan O. Popescu, Simona Popescu, Maria Postu, Flaviu Predescu, Nicolae Prelipceanu, Alina Purcaru, Theodor Rapan, Livia Rosca, Andra Rotaru, Eugen Simion, Cassian Maria Spiridon, Mihaela Stanciu, Moni Stanila, Monica Stoica, Passionaria Stoicescu, Adrian Suciu, Eugen Suciu, Robert Serban, Daniela Sontică, Livia Stefan, Daniela Toma, Irina Temneanu, Adriana Teodorescu, Eugenia Taralunga, Dumitru Tepeneag, Floarea Tutuianu, Eugen Uricaru, Alexandru Vakulovski, Radu Vancu, Lucian Vasiliu, Ioana Vintila and George Vulturescu.