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poesiefestival berlin 2014

poesiefestival berlin 2014 – fractures

The world is turning – and it’s wobbling. Societies are undergoing radical change, political and economic systems are being questioned, and whole peoples are rebelling. Poetry and poets are playing an important part at many of these fracture points. From 5 – 13 June 2014, the 15th poesiefestival berlin will be presenting the many interactions between poetry and social fracturing. It will focus attention on the political changes in Turkey and the Ukraine, and the poetic forms of civil disobedience, as well as on the First World War, which fundamentally changed not only the map of Europe but also poetry; poets of today will be reflecting on those events.
In readings, colloquia, performances, discussions and concerts featuring artists from all over the world, the 15th poesiefestival berlin will be finding approaches to the various aspects of political, social and biographical upheaval, which is also always aesthetic in character.
The artists appearing include Yuri Andrukhovych (Ukraine), Onur Behramoğlu (Turkey), Paulus Böhmer (Germany), Gökçenur Ç. (Turkey),  Tishani Doshi (India), Ko Un (South Korea), Les Murray (Australia), Alice Notley (USA), the schwarzenbach (Germany), Ryan Van Winkle (Scotland), Serhij Zhadan (Ukraine), Phillippa Yaa de Villiers (South Africa)

The 15th poesiefestival berlin takes place from 5 – 13 June 2014 in the Academy of Arts in Hanseatenweg. For more information please visit

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poesiefestival berlin 2014 – Brüche

Die Welt dreht sich – und sie schwankt. Gesellschaften befinden sich im Umbruch, politische und wirtschaftliche Systeme werden in Frage gestellt, Völker begehren auf. An vielen dieser Bruchstellen spielen Dichtung und Dichter eine wichtige Rolle. Vom 5. – 13. Juni 2014 zeigt das 15. poesiefestival berlin die zahlreichen Wechselwirkungen zwischen Poesie und gesellschaftlichen Brüchen. Es thematisiert die politischen Umwälzungen in der Türkei und der Ukraine, die poetischen Formen von zivilem Ungehorsam ebenso wie den Ersten Weltkrieg, der sowohl die politische Landkarte Europas als auch die der Poesie grundlegend veränderte und über den heute von Dichtern reflektiert wird.
In Lesungen, Colloquien, Performances, Diskussionen und Konzerten mit Künstlern aus aller Welt nähert sich das 15. poesiefestival berlin den verschiedenen Aspekten politischer, gesellschaftlicher und biografischer Umbrüche an, die immer auch ästhetischer Natur sind.
Mit dabei sind u.a. Juri Andruchowytsch (Ukraine), Onur Behramoğlu (Türkei), Paulus Böhmer (Deutschland), Gökçenur Ç. (Türkei), Tishani Doshi (Indien), Ko Un (Südkorea), Les Murray (Australien), Alice Notley (USA), the schwarzenbach (Deutschland), Ryan Van Winkle (Schottland), Serhij Zhadan (Ukraine), Phillippa Yaa de Villiers (Südafrika).

Das 15. poesiefestival berlin findet statt vom 5. – 13. Juni 2014 in der Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg. Weitere Informationen unter

Coming next: Poesiefestival Berlin 2013

Posted in Uncategorized by lyrikline on 30. May 2013

The annual Poetry Festival in Berlin is getting close. It will take place from June 7 to 15, 2013.

And for all who can not wait to discover new voices we will present until then as a kind of run-up every day new poets on lyrikline.

Find out more about the Poesiefestival Berlin 2013 here:
Vom 7.-15. Juni 2013 findet in Berlin wieder einmal das Poesiefestival Berlin statt.

Und für all jene, die es kaum noch erwarten können, ab dann und eben dort viele neue Dichter zu entdecken, werden wir bis zum Beginn des Festivals – quasi als Vorbereitung –  jeden Tag mit neuen Dichtern aufwarten.

Schön das, oder?

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Crowdfunding for a poetry & photo exhibition

Posted in Autoren / poets, Paata Shamugia by lyrikline on 22. May 2013

Dear friends,

the Berlin poetry festival has started a crowdfunding campaign for a photo project that includes 47 poets from 47 European countries with a number of ‘lyrikline poets’ among them, like Laurynas Katkus, Sabine Scho, Nikola Madzirov, Svetlana Cârstean, Tsead Bruinja and many more. Here you see the contribution by Georgian poet Paata Shamugia:

Paata Shamugia’s slogan: “Poetry makes stoned”
Douze points pour la Géorgie!


With these great photos from all over Europe the poets give their own answers to the provocative question “What’s the point of poetry?”. If you too think that this initiative deserves support then visit to donate and spread the word. This project is designed to become a travelling exhibition so it might soon be touring in your country too. – A European Dialogue in Verse


We are happy to end our summer slump on this blog with the presentation of a very unique project which was published on today.  From January to April 2012, poets from all 27 countries of the European Union and the accession country Croatia wrote a chain poem or, as we call it, Renshi to Europe, for the Berlin Poetry Festival.

The picture above shows all poets who took part: l.t.r. Martin Solotruk (Slovakia), Gabrielė Labanauskaitė (Lithuania), Olga Ravn (Denmark), Claudia Gauci (Malta), Jen Hadfield (United Kingdom), Zoltán Tolvaj (Hungary), Filipa Leal (Portugal), Luigi Nacci (Italy), Tom Reisen (Luxembourg), Gwenaëlle Stubbe (Belgium), Ester Naomi Perquin (Netherlands), Jonáš Hájek (Czech Republic), Sotos Stavrakis (Cyprus), Yannis Stiggas (Greece), Edward O’Dwyer (Ireland), Marko Pogačar (Croatia), Maarja Kangro (Estonia), Gregor Podlogar (Slovenia), Christoph Szalay (Austria), Jean-Baptiste Cabaud (France), Jenny Tunedal (Sweden), Harry Salmenniemi (Finland), Arvis Viguls (Latvia), Josep Pedrals (Spain), Svetlana Cârstean (Romania), Georgi Gospodinov (Bulgaria), Agnieszka Wolny-Hamkało (Poland). Katharina Schultens (Germany) is not on the picture.

In, the last line of each poem became the first of the next, thus connecting each poet to his/her predecessor. There were five groups with six to seven poets in each, creating five side-by-side chain poems by authors with 23 different native languages. Find all texts and translations as well as the audio recording on [GR-ES-IE-CY-PL-AT-GR] [GR-LU-IT-EE-SE-HU-PT-GR] [GR-LV-UK-CZ-MT-HR-GR] [GR-RO-FI-SK-NL-LT-FR-GR] [GR-SI-BE-DE-DK-BG-GR]

Greece, as both the focus of the economic crisis and the birthplace of European culture and democracy, was the jumping off point for this Renshi. The Greek poet Yannis Stiggas’s poem was used as the starting point and basis for all five groups. At the end, he also wrote a final verse that reflected on the extant traces of his own lines in the writing of the other authors. was a cooperation partner of Many thanks to the partners of the network who helped to organise this project: Absoluteville / Absolute Poetry, Ars Poetica-International Poetry Festival, Casa Fernando Pessoa, Croatian P.E.N. Centre, Estonian Literature Centre, Institute ramon llull, Koperator – The International Cultural Programme Centre, Latvian Literature Centre, Literature Across Frontiers, Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, Nederlands Letterenfonds / Dutch Foundation for Literature, Nuoren Voiman Liitto / Runokuu Festival, Petöfi Irodalmi Múzeum, Rámus förlag, Romanian Culture Institute Berlin.