Over 100 poets from 4 continents are coming to Bucharest for the International Poetry Festival in mid-May

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The 1oth edition of the Bucharest International Poetry Festival (FIPB) is due in 16 cultural venues in the Romanian Capital during May 13-19. This is the largest poetry festival in Romania, with over 100 poets from more than 20 countries on four continents participating in the 2019 edition.

The participants come from France, UK, Serbia, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, South Korea, Canada, Republic of Moldova, Greece, India, Austria, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Russia, Poland, Israel, Germany, U.S., Hungary, Norway and Romania.

Organised by the Bucharest City Hall through the National Museum of Romanian Literature, the Bucharest International Poetry Festival celebrates its tenth edition under the sign of “The Book Year”, under the dome of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, of the Romania-France Season and of the European Museum Night (marked on May 18). FIPB is promoting the existing values of the European and world culture, by inviting authors from four continents to Bucharest to perform poetry reading or conferences and to launch books. The national campaign slogan “Romania is reading” will be paraphrased for 7 days in Bucharest. I am convinced that literature fans will find in this diverse and ambitious programme moments and events to satisfy all tastes, from the youngest readers to the most experimented ones (...)” said Ioan Cristescu,the manager of the National Museum of Romanian Literature, the festival’s organiser.

Those seven days of festival include over 50 events: meetings with the poets, public reading sessions, debates, conferences, theatre performances and concerts, poetry marathons, exhibitions and events dedicated to the experts.

The debate “Writers and the power” will get together foreign guests and renowned representatives of the Romanian contemporary literature-editors, literary agents, translators- to talk about “The literary translation, between world literature and global market”.

The classic formats of the FIPB will not miss the show either: „Poetry Face to Face”, public reading sessions from the Central University Library, the experimental poetry night “MultiVerse”, as well as workshops dedicated to children. The famous Poetry and Jazz Marathon will mark the “Museum Night”.

Those 50 events will be hosted in 16 known cultural venues in Bucharest: the National Museum of Romanian Literature (8Nicolae Cretulescu street and 64-66 Calea Grivitei), “Carol I” Central University Library, Apollo 111 (23-25 Ion Brezoianu street), The Collections Museum (111 Calea Victoriei), Galateca Gallery (2-4 C.A. Rosetti), the Romanian Academy Library (125 Calea Victoriee), The Bucharest Metropolitan Library (4 Take Ionescu st.), Tramvaiul 26 (6 Cercului st), LondoHome (31 Gral David Praporgescu st), Halucinarium (14 Calea Giulești, 4th floor), „Tudor Arghezi – Mărțișor” Memorial House (26 Mărțișor st.), „George and Agatha Bacovia” Memorial House (63 George Bacovia st), Ion Minulescu – Claudia Millian Memorial House (19 Dr. Gheorghe Marinescu st), „Liviu and Fanny Rebreanu” Memorial House (19 Gheorghe Marinescu st), „Anton Pann” Memorial House (20Anton Pann street).

More details about the programme will be available soon.

The Romania Journal is supporting the festival as media partner.


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