European Poetry Night : London 2017 - May Saturday 6th : Rich Mix Arts Centre

7.30pm - Free Entrance : Venue Two, Rich Mix - 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA

The Enemies Project presents European Poetry Night : a collaborative celebration of contemporary European experimental and literary poetry. Featuring brand new innovative performance works of poetry from pairs of poets drawn from over a dozen European nations, this event is a unique coming together of some of this generation's brightest talents. The works being performed are written for the night, where over twenty poets will celebrate the potential of collaboration to generate truly innovative poetry and work firmly against the divisive and counter-intuitive idea of a reduced closeness of spirit across the continent.

Kinga Toth & Simon Pomery
Endre Ruset & Harry Man
Bas Kwakman & Jen Calleja
Alessandro Burbank & Max Hofler
Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir & SJ Fowler  
Theodoros Chiotis & Vanni Bianconi
Tom Jenks & Weronika Lewandowska
Henriette Støren & Astra Papachristodoulou
Livia Franchini & Maarten van der Graaf
Frank Keizer & Dan Aleksander Ramberg Andersen
Damir Sodan & Tomica Bajsic
Martin Glaz Serup & Aušra Kaziliūnaitė
Iris Colomb & Serena Braida

The European Poetry Night is supported by Arts Council England, NORLA, The Royal Norwegian Embassy, Dutch Foundation for Literature, Institut Francais London, Austrian Cultural Forum London, Lithuanian Culture Institute, Adam Mickiewicz Institute and many generous others.

EPN2017 follows the first European Poetry Night which was commissioned as part of the Eunic's European Literature Festival in 2016, and the European Camarade at Free Word Centre before that. All info on those events below, a testament to the Enemies Project's consistent engagement with bringing contemporary European Poetry to London.


European Poetry Night 2016 in London. May Saturday 14th: Rich Mix

The first ever European Poetry Night as part of European Literature Festival in 2016.

An amazing evening with some of the most exciting contemporary poets from all over Europe, as over 20 poets travelled to London to share brand new collaborative poems, premiered on the night and written for the occasion, in pairs, across languages, styles & nations. These are the best and brightest, from Iceland to Turkey, from Ireland to Russia, from France to Slovakia – a unique evening of modern literature which will show the power of 21st century poetry in the literary and avant-garde traditions, and the possibilities of collaboration, to bring out that power. It was a unique live experience to well over a 100 in attendance. Curated by SJ Fowler and featuring Vanni Bianconi (Switzerland) & Billy Ramsell (Ireland) / Alessandro Burbank (Italy) & Alexander Filyuta (Russia / Germany) / Ásta Fanney Sigurðardóttir (Iceland) & SJ Fowler (UK) / Ulrike Ulrich (Switzerland) & Jen Calleja (UK / Malta) / Nurduran Duman (Turkey) & Jonathan Morley (UK) / Christodoulos Makris (Ireland / Cyprus) & Martin Bakero (France) / Giovanna Coppola (Italy / US) & Colin Herd (Scotland) / Ariadne Radi Cor (Italy) & Iris Colomb (France) / Ana Seferovic (Serbia) & Agnieszka Studzinka (Poland) / Rufo Quintavalle (UK / France) & Ian Monk (UK / France) / Niillas Holmberg (Sami) & Peter Sulej (Slovakia) / Efe Duyan (Turkey) & Livia Franchini (Italy)

The inaugurual EPN is the last event of European Literature Festival in London and supported by EUNIC, led by Czech Centre London and curated by Jon Slack. / The European Poetry Night is supported by Arts Council England, The Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom, Culture Ireland, Literárne informačné centrum Slovakia (LIC - The Centre for Information on Literature)

The European Camarade - November Friday 20th 2015 at Free Word Centre

A mini-festival of European poetry in collaboration, in the heart of London. Nearly two dozen poets from across the continent presented brand new collaborations in the literary and avant-garde traditions to a sold out audience of nearly 100 at Free Word Centre. British poets wrote these works with visiting writers from Slovakia, Finland, Iceland, Lithuania, Austria, Hungary, Norway and more, firmly rooted in 21st century poetic practise, in one of London's hubs for modern literature. 

FeaturedMichal Habaj (Slovakia) & Christodoulos Makris (Ireland / Cyprus) / Katarina Kucbelova (Slovakia) & Karen McCarthy Woolf (UK) / Gabriele Labanauskaite (Lithuania) & Camilla Nelson (UK) / Luke Allan (UK) & Christoph Szalay (Austria) / Valgerður Þóroddsdóttir (Iceland) & Richard Scott (UK) / Endre Ruset (Norway) SJ Fowler (UK) / Ville Hytonen (Finland) & Colin Herd (Scotland) / Kinga Toth (Hungary) & Kim Campanello (US) / Erlend O. Nødtved (Norway) & Christopher Stephenson (UK)

The event was introduced by Rosie Goldsmith of the European Literature Network.

The Camarade series explores collaboration exclusively between poets, taking the form of events which pair writers to produce and premiere new collaborative poems or artworks, to be performed live.  The European Camarade will pair European poets from outside of the UK with British counterparts, featuring some of the most dynamic poets & textual artists working across the contemporary European scene, this event will evidence the cross continental dialogue so prevalent in the avant-garde and literary scene. 

Supported by Literárne informačné centrum Slovakia (LIC - The Centre for Information on Literature), The Freeword Centre, European Union National Institutes for Culture - London, The European Literature Network, Lithuanian Cultural Institute, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, The Balassi Institute, the Austrian Cultural Forum, The Royal Norwegian Embassy London, Embassy of the Slovak Republic.

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