Bratislava gets a taste of international poetry

The international poetry festival Ars Poetica will host poetry readings and other performances at various sites in the city.

Camilla NelsonCamilla Nelson(Source: Courtesy of Fotografie Lieven)

Not only music, dance and art can cross borders and connect people from different milieus. Poetry festivals, like Ars Poetica, also attract many people, offering a blend of works by authors from across the globe.

The festival, which takes place between November 13 and 23 (with the core programme condensed between November 15-17) at various sites in Bratislava, will host poets and performing artists from Slovakia, its neighbouring countries, and also from the United Kingdom and Israel.

What is on offer in English

Ars Poetica will welcome British poet Camilla Nelson on November 15. The poet, artist and researcher will perform and exhibit her text-work. She created the Poem Factory (A Performance Installation) and co-founded the Grass Routes collective.

“Her work explores the materiality of language in page-based poetry, soundwork, installation and performance,” describes her website.

The taste of her poetic world can be explored at 19:00 at the V Klub in SNP Square 12.

In addition, visitors can enjoy the works of Luc Bénazet (FR), Kathrin Schmidt (DE), Alexandru Potcoavă (RO), Risto Ahti (FI) and Kinga Tóth (HU). The guest of honour will be Noam Partom (IL) with Spoken Word Solo. The evening will be rounded up by a concert of Kieslowski (CZ) at 21:00 and an open end party for everyone at 22:00.

Concert of sound poetry

The venue will move to Café Berlinka SNG (in Ľ. Štúra Square 4) on November 16. Starting at 19:00, the Poetry Evening will offer Briton Luke Roberts (who lectures modern poetry at King's College London), together with Martin Poch (CZ), Jana Beňová (SK), Olivier Brossard (FR), Renate Aichinger (AT), Bruno Doucey (FR), and Endre Szkárosi (HU).

The following concert at 21:00 will present the World-Class Sound Poetry by Hannah Silva (GB) & Tomomi Adachi (JP). The pair presents duo and solo pieces with their voices, electronics and gestures, radically combining sound poetry, spoken word and technology, with experimental music in an intense voice performance with strong physical output, which is conceptual at the same time.

The piece to be performed is Pluto is a Planet!, their new duo piece for two voices and two infrared-sensor shirts which is Adachi’s original physical interface.

The evening will also be completed by an “Open End Party for Everyone”.

Slovak and foreign authors will be reading

The festival also includes a third evening of poetry, on November 17, with a host of Slovak and foreign authors reading, as well as The Roots, a poetic evening with the music of Martin Geišberg with Táňa Pauhofová and Martin Geišberg himself, at the Blue Salon of the new Slovak National Theatre building in Pribinova 17, on November 14 at 19:30.

The Off Programme of Ars Poetica 2018 includes a European Poetry Forum Colloquium and sessions with international authors, and three creative workshops.

The admission to poetry evenings and the workshops is free.

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