Under the motto “There lies Europe,” the 22nd poesiefestival berlin celebrates the poetry of Europe in all its diversity of forms and languages and, despite the pandemic, builds poetic bridges across the continent. 150 contributors from around 40 countries will come together at the invitation of the Haus für Poesie in digital readings, talks, concerts and workshops.
The festival will open on June 11 at 8:00 p.m. with “WELTKLANG – NACHT DER POESIE”. Poets from all over the world, including the Austrian Peter Waterhouse, will read, sing and perform in their native languages.
At “SPRACHARCHIPEL I: EX-YU – UNSERE SPRACHE(N)” on June 13 at 6:00 p.m., poets from the language areas of Bosnian, Montenegrin, Croatian and Serbian will discuss the role of language in the former Yugoslavia, especially for poetry. The event will be moderated by Mascha Dabić.
The curator and editor Fiston Mwanza Mujila will talk with other poets about poetry and the meaning of being black. The occasion is the anthology “UNERHÖRTE POESIE – DAS SCHWARZE EUROPA”, which gathers 32 black European poets in German translation. The conversation and reading will be available on June 14 at 8:00 pm.
The 22nd Poetry Festival takes place online.