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10.000 visitors at the 23rd poesiefestival berlin


The 23rd poesiefestival berlin – between June 17 and 23 at the Akademie der Künste at Hanseatenweg – welcomed 10.000 visitors this year, including international poets, festival directors, and poetry enthusiasts of all ages. After two long years, the festival could finally occur live once more. Under the festival’s motto, All that poetry, the festival organizer Haus für Poesie facilitated more than 50 excellent events along with 70 partners. Yet again, the festival became political. “We had actually wanted to expand the aesthetic fan after two years of pandemic and a lot of strife in Europe,” says festival director Thomas Wohlfahrt. “Then Russia invaded Ukraine and the frame of reference utterly transformed.”


Versopolis – Network of European Poetry Festivals


The poesiefestival berlin, organised by the Haus für Poesie, has become a member of the Versopolis platform this year. Versopolis is an alliance of European poetry festivals founded in 2014 with the aim of creating new opportunities for emerging European poets and is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission. Every year, each member festival nominates two poets from its own country to the project and invites two poets nominated by the other members to its own festival. The nominees are authors who have already gained recognition in their home countries and through this platform can be given more visibility beyond the borders of their countries. Versopolis supports the poets' mobility through guest appearances at different European festivals and the translation of selected works into English and other European languages.


Festival exhibition of the 23rd poesiefestival berlin

Artificial intelligence, non-linear time and interspecies alliances


In the accompanying festival exhibition "AI ANCESTORS - Making Kin in the Future," the 23rd poesiefestival berlin (June 17-23) lets visitors experience what possible futures might look like. Works by K Allado-McDowell (USA), Rike Scheffler (Germany), Himali Singh Soin (India/UK) and David Soin Tappeser (Germany) as well as Louise Walleneit (Germany) will be shown.


The program of the 23rd poesiefestival berlin is now online

Over 150 artists from 33 countries


The advance sale for the 23rd poesiefestival berlin (June 17-23) has begun. After an online and a hybrid version, the poetry festival will finally take place in person once again with the theme “All that poetry” at the Akademie der Künste at the Hanseatenweg. Over 150 artists from 33 countries will participate.


23rd poesiefestival berlin: All that poetry

Opening with a contemporary lyric voice from Ukraine


The 23rd edition of the poesiefestival berlin will take place from June 17 to June 23, 2022 at the Academy of Arts on the Hanseatenweg. With this year’s theme of “All that poetry,” the festival will present a wide spectrum of international contemporary poetry, opening with a contemporary lyric voice from Ukraine.


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