World poetry comes to Bratislava

The Ars Poetica festival features poetry blended with multiple forms of art.

(Source: Courtesy of Ars Poetica)

Thanks to the traditional Ars Poetica poetry festival, visitors can come into contact with high quality and well-known Slovak and world poetry.

Held between November 7 and 17, it will offer an extensive programme full of meetings with internationally recognised poets and artists. The festival also includes various multi-genre events, blending poetry with music, visual art, theatre and other forms to give it a new shape and provide visitors with a truly special experience.

“Ars Poetica is the biggest translation project of foreign poetry in Slovakia,” said Martin Solotruk, poet, translator and the festival’s director, as quoted in a press release.

The festival is open to everybody who wants to give poetry a chance. “It’s an experience of something that may seem like just words. But it’s not just words; it's poetry.”

What to prepare for

Visitors can look forward to Palestinian-Syrian-Swedish poet and performer Ghayath Almadhoun and one of the most fascinating performers of sound poetry in the world, Jaap Blonk of the Netherlands.

The festival will also welcome Susanne Ringell, a Finnish author of poetry and literature, and American Carolyn Forché, whose works are issued by the most significant publishing houses in the USA.

Other headliners include Claudio Pozzani of Italy, who recently received the Premio Montale award, as well as Ian Ketek of Canada, Dean Bowen of the Netherlands, and Eduard Escoffet of Spain.

The festival will be accompanied by various concerts, such as Robert Pospiš & Martin Sillay & the Band and Shannon Sullivan & The Band. Visitors can also look forward to programmes for children, dance and creative workshops and a special Ars Poetica Fil event, where films linked to poetry will be screened.​​​​​​

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