Okay, so maybe the September 1st lyrikline relaunch isn’t quite the same as the discovery of a new solar system (even though there is so much to be explored on the new site). Either way, we’d like to send out an open call to all users, followers, poetry fans, and writers for their twitter length “tiny poems” on the topic “space” for our web relaunch on Sunday. Your poems will be published on the lyrikline blog and we will ask the poets reading at the event on Sunday to select and read their favourites. The relaunch event starts on September 1st at 7pm (UTC+2) and can be watched via live stream on the lyrikline website.
The poems shouldn’t exceed 140 characters and can be posted from now on until Sunday 7:30pm (UTC+2) via twitter (addressed @lyrikline or by using the hashtag #spacepoem), by sending a message to our Facebook fanpage or by commenting on this blog post. They should be written in English or German, since these are the main languages of the event.
Why ‘Space Poems’?
The relaunch event on Sunday takes place at a very special venue in Berlin: the c-base space station beneath Berlin-Mitte. We’d like to bring the users and the venue together by collecting ‘space poems,’ as is apropos of the event location. We’d be happy if many of you contributed poems for the celebration. Here’s a bit more about the ‘legendary’ c-base…
According to a myth there are remnants of a space station called c-base underneath Berlin’s city centre. This space station allegedly crashed due to unstable conditions in its orbit after exiting a time warp. The space station’s antenna is the Fernsehturm, the TV tower in Berlin. A multifunctional space station module, which ejected during the crash, is now under intense research and serves as the current premises of the c-base association.
Myths and legends aside, c-base is an association whose main aims are to promote skills and knowledge of computers and data networks. It was one of the first hackerspaces in the world. We would like to thank the members and the circle of the c-base for hosting the lyrikline relaunch event and for their support.
Dear friends of lyrikline,
be there on Sunday, 1 Sept at 7pm (CEST) when the new lyrikline will be going online! We cordially invite you to celebrate with us and watch the event live stream on www.lyrikline.org. Heiko Strunk, the lyrikline project manager, will give us a tour of the relaunched website and all its new features and functions, we will link to partners in Nigeria, Russia and Slovenia via video, publish many new poets on the site and we will have six great lyrikline poets on stage, two of them to be published on the relaunch day:
Simen Hagerup (Norway), Els Moors (Belgium), Steffen Popp (Germany), Pedro Sena-Lino (Portugal), Helena Sinervo (Finland) and Jan Wagner (Berlin). The lyrikline network partners Joel Scott (Australia) and Per Bergström (Sweden) will present the event.
You are invited not only to watch the event but to comment on facebook, on twitter (seems #llrelaunch is a suitable hashtag) and hopefully (still working on making this possible) also chat with us and some of the poets of the event.
The event physically takes place at ‘c-base – ›Raumstation unter Berlin Mitte‹ (Space station beneath Berlin-Mitte)’, a friendly place for IT and open source people, who kindly took us in. The languages of the event will be English and German mainly, but we’ll hear a bit of Portuguese, Russian, Dutch, Norwegian and Finnish too.
See you on Sunday!
The relaunch of the website has been made possible by a grant from the German Lottery Foundation, Berlin.
The event is taking place with the kind support of: c-base, Institut Ramon Llull, Royal Norwegian Embassy Berlin, Rámus Förlag, Malmö and the Swedish Embassy
In 2010 it found its domicile in Ptuj, where it continues the tradition of great evening readings, concerts and meetings with poets, translators, musicians, actors, storytellers, performers, wine producers and other lovers of poetry, wine and warm summer evenings under the stars.
These year’s guests include Yang Lian (China), Michel Deguy (France), Josip Osti (Slovenia), Zvonko Maković (Croatia), Jenny Tunedal (Sweden), Joachim Sartorius (Germany) and Nico Bleutge (Germany) as well as more than 20 outstanding poetic voices from all over the world.
We invite you to take a closer look at the programme and the growing archive of world poetry in translation: http://www.versoteque.com/en/2013/
quite a long while ago we spread the news that lyrikline is undergoing a relaunch. This process is probably always taking longer than expected but now finally, there’s light at the end of the tunnel and we are happy to announce that the official relaunch will take place on September 1, so save the date!
We want to celebrate this together with everyone who enjoys the site and is curious about what is new. Therefore we will have a little event on stage in Berlin at c-base and we will also stream this to the web so that you can all follow the celebrations. Simply be there on Sunday, Sept 1 at 7 pm (CEST). You can see and hear some of the lyrikline poets read their poetry, find out about new features of the website and get involved yourself via chat, twitter and more. We will keep you up to date about the event and are looking forward to the Relaunch Day and to meeting you online or at the event in Berlin.