The European Poetry Festival - April 5th to April 12th 2018
40 poets in London for one week, with 5 events in the city.
Supported by Writers' Centre Kingston at Kingston University, The Enemies Project, Rich Mix, Austrian Cultural Forum London, Institut Francais, Goethe Institut London, Letterenfonds Holland, Miðstöð íslenskra bókmennta Iceland, The International Writers and Translators House of Latvia in the UK, The Poetry Society, The Balassi Institute London, EACWP – European Association of Creative Writting Programmes. Curated by SJ Fowler.
The European Poetry Festival 2018 brings together some of the finest literary and avant-garde poets of this generation to London to collaborate, perform and share the brilliance of contemporary cutting edge poetry in Europe.
The EPF is about innovation, collaboration and crossing borders - all the more because the project is based in the UK, it is vital we show our European character, our immense passion for the poets of Europe.
Confirmed poets for 2018 include:
Aušra Kaziliūnaitė, Marius Burokas, Giedrė Kazlauskaitė (Lithuania)
Max Hofler, Esther Strauss, Robert Prosser (Austria)
Pierre Alferi, Iris Colomb (France)
Alessandro Burbank, Livia Franchini, Serena Braida (Italy)
Weronika Lewandowska, Agnieszka Studzinka (Poland)
Erik Lindner, Bas Kwakman, Hannah van Bingsbergen (Holland)
Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir (Iceland)
Tomas Pridal (Czech Republic)
Theodoros Chiotis, Astra Papachristodoulou, Katerina Koulouri, Lisa Samloglou (Greece)
Martin Solotruk (Slovakia)
Damir Sodan (Croatia)
Endre Ruset, Synne Johnson, Silje Ree, Henriette Hjorthen Støren (Norway)
Daniele Pantano, Vanni Bianconi (Switzerland)
Rike Scheffler (Germany)
Muanis Sinanovic (Slovenia)
Kinga Toth, Andras Gerevich (Hungary)
Helianne Kallio (Finland)
Simona Nastac (Romania)
Ana Seferovic (Serbia)
Christodoulos Makris, Ailbhe Darcy (Ireland)
Sergej Timofejev, Inga Pizane (Latvia)
Olga Kolesnikova (Russia)
Colin Herd (Scotland)
Harry Man, Jen Calleja, Simon Pomery (England)
and many more to be announced
The festival begins with an opening night at The Rose theatre in Kingston-upon-Thames, the closing event of Writers' Centre Kingston annual programme before moving to Rich Mix in Brick Lane for the European Camarade, presenting a dozen brand new collaborations for performance between pairs of visiting and local European poets. The festival then presents multiple individual events, each themed to a nation or practise or concept throughout the week of April 9th, before culminating in a final event again at Rich Mix, with a Lithuanian poetry performance celebration - one of the nation's of focus at the London Book Fair in 2018.
April Thursday 5th / Opening night at The Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames
The last event in the programme of Writers' Centre Kingston, Kingston University's literary cultural centre will see solo readings from some of Europe's most innovative and exciting poets. Featuring readings by Pierre Alferi, Agnieszka Studzinka, Olga Kolesnikova, Synne Johnson, and many more to be announced https://www.writerscentrekingston.com/europe/
April Saturday 7th / The European Poetry Night Camarade! at Rich Mix
The grandstand event of the European Poetry Festival - for its eight incarnation, following near legendary events in London, Edinburgh and Norwich, The European Poetry Night presents over 12 new collaborations - brand new innovative performance works of poetry from pairs of poets drawn from over a dozen European nations. The works performed arre written for the night, works, in their originality, energy and collaborative quality, firmly against the divisive and counter-intuitive idea of a reduced closeness of spirit across the continent. Featuring Pierre Alferi, Iris Colomb, Alessandro Burbank, Livia Franchini, Serena Braida, Ariadne Radi Cor, Weronika Lewandowska, Erik Lindner, Bas Kwakman, Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir, Theodoros Chiotis, Astra Papachristodoulou, Tomica Bajsic, Damir Sodan, Endre Ruset, Daniele Pantano, Vanni Bianconi, Max Hofler, Rike Scheffler, Muanis Sinanovic, Kinga Toth, Helianne Kallio, Simona Nastac, Ana Seferovic, Christodoulos Makris, SJ Fowler, Harry Man, Jen Calleja, Simon Pomery & more to be announced.
April Sunday 8th / Praxis : Sound Poetry and Performance Literature at Cafe Oto project space
One of the world's foremost sonic art venues hosts a night of avant garde performance from leading lights of the contemporary European scene. Featuring brand new works engaging with the sound poetry tradition from Kinga Toth, Weronika Lewandowska, Simon Pomery, Rike Scheffler, Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir and more to be announced.
April Monday 9th / European Poetry at The Poetry Society's Poetry Cafe
The Poetry Society hosts a night of European poets sharing their work in translation and in their original languages across a series of short solo readings evidencing the breadth and depth of what is happening now in European poetry.
April Thursday 12th / Closing event - Austrian poetry in focus at the Austrian Cultural Forum
Without question one of Europe's most powerful innovative post-war literary traditions - Austria is producing some of the continents most remarkable poets in the 21st century. This event brings this powerful tradition into focus, presenting not only solo performances by visiting poets but also brand new collaborations between the visitors and British poets. Featuring Max Hofler, SJ Fowler and more to be announced
The Enemies Project is about collaboration in poetry and literature as a way of building community, and though based in London, this remit is specifically aimed at crossing borders. All the more because the project is based in the UK, it is vital we show our European character, our immense passion for the poets of Europe, as the continent we are part of is going through a remarkable renaissance in avant-garde and innovative poetry. The European Poetry Night is a way to bring together the finest of this generation to London and other cities, to collaborate, to perform, to build connections that will last for decades. Curated by SJ Fowler.
EPN London 2017 - May Saturday 6th : Rich Mix Arts Centre
A near legendary evening, with over 130 people witnessing 13 new collaborations - brand new innovative performance works of poetry from pairs of poets drawn from over a dozen European nations. The works performed were written for the night, works, in their originality, energy and collaborative quality, firmly against the divisive and counter-intuitive idea of a reduced closeness of spirit across the continent.
The European Poetry Festival continues a tradition of European poetry themed avant garde collaboration events curated by SJ Fowler over the last number of years. These include memorable European Poetry Nights in London 2017, 2016, 2015, Norwich in 2017 and UNESCO's EPN in Edinburgh 2015 & 2016. Thanks to the over 100 poets and many dozens of institutions who have supported EPN since 2015.
Visit http://www.theenemiesproject.com/epn to discover more and watch the many dozens of performances.