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Listen to the Opening Ceremony of 10th Anniversary of / Zum Nachhören: Die Eröffnung der 10 Jahre Festwoche

Posted in about us, Lebogang Mashile, Monika Rinck by Heiko Strunk on 26. January 2010

From October 26 to 31, 2009 has celebrated its 10th anniversary together with friends and partners in a series of events in Berlin. The week of events was opened by German Federal President Horst Köhler, project manager Heiko Strunk and the poets Monika Rinck and Lebogang Mashile, who each gave insightful and eloquent speeches about poetry.
The whole event can be listened to here

You will find on the website also many other rare and interesting poetry talks! Recommended!

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Mit einer Festwoche hat vom 26.-31. Oktober 2009 zusammen mit vielen Freunden und internationalen Partnern sein 10-jähriges Bestehen in Berlin gefeiert.
Bundespräsidenten Horst Köhler hat die Festwoche mit einer Rede zur Poesie während der Auftaktveranstaltung am 26.10. eröffnet. Köhlers Rede sowie weitere Reden von Projektleiter Heiko Strunk und den Dichterinnen Monika Rinck oder Lebogang Mashile können nun hier auf der website der Literaturwerkstatt Berlin gehört werden.

Auf der website der Literaturwerkstatt Berlin kann man viele weitere spannende und interessante Poesiegespräch entdecken und nachhören!

Speech delivered by Heiko Strunk to commemorate the 10th anniversary of

Posted in about us by Heiko Strunk on 26. October 2009

Dear Mr. President,
Dear Ms. Köhler,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Friends and Colleagues, is celebrating its 10th birthday, and it gives me great pleasure to address you on this occasion.

Inger Christensen, a great poetess, said that language is a natural extension of the world. Whether we want to or not, each of us must determine our relationship to the outer world, at the same time ordering our internal existence and creating an equilibrium between the emotional and the intellectual, between rational and spiritual impulses and needs.
In this quest, language is the decisive resource. The relationship between individual and world is realized via language, and without it, the inner structuring of the individual is virtually inconceivable as well.

But poetry is not just the element which endows language with structure – it is the memory of language as well. (more…)