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Berlin Poetry Festival from 19 to 27 June 2015

Posted in about us by lyrikline on 17. June 2015

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The Berlin Poetry Festival starts in a few days which means it’s also time for the annual meeting of the lyrikline partner network. We’re looking forward to welcoming our partners from about 25 countries, from Belgium to Ukraine.

On 19 June, the poesiefestival berlin will be opening in the traditional way with an evening of poetry from around the world – “Weltklang – Nacht der Poesie” shows the diversity of contemporary poetry in all its many different approaches, themes, languages and forms, in forms ranging from conventional poetry to sound poetry, Spoken Word and Hip-Hop right through to the art of songwriting, and so covering the entire spectrum in contemporary international poetry.
The poets appearing include Zang Di (China), LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (USA), Jochen Distelmeyer (Germany), Elena Fanailova (Russland), Reiner Kunze (Germany), L-ness (Kenya), Márió Z. Nemes (Hungary), Christian Prigent (France) and Lisa Robertson (Canada).

The 16th poesiefestival berlin is dedicated to the capital of poetry, the resources poetry exploits, the traditions it draws on and the future it invests in. The festival, put on by the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin in co-operation with the Academy of Arts, will, among other things, be dealing with Martin Luther’s linguistic legacy, presenting Chinese poetry with its tension between tradition and modernity, and discussing the future of poetry in a colloquium. The poetic structures and common features of the Bible, the Koran and the Torah will be explored in a staged production involving representatives of the three great world religions. Once again, the poesiefestival berlin will round off with the poetry market. This year’s vice versa translation workshop VERSschmuggel/reVERSible will feature poets from the Netherlands.

The 16th poesiefestival berlin is taking place in the Academy of Arts, Hanseatenweg, from 19 – 27 June 2015. For further information please go to

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