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The 49th Poetry International Festival kicks off on Tuesday May 29, with an opening program in the Rotterdam Theater Schouwburg. From Wednesday May 30 until Sunday June 3, the festival continues in the Rotterdam Theater Witte de With and at several other locations in the Witte de With Quarter. For the forty-ninth time Poetry International brings together the best poets from all corners of the world. In addition to poetry readings in a variety of languages the festival offers films, music, interviews, lectures, meetings focusing on specific topics, and master classes. A carnival of desire, critique, adventure and consolation, propelled by the art of language. Everybody is invited to the annual celebration of poetry.

We are looking forward to connecting with you via live streaming.

In order to discuss this year's theme, the Nation of Poetry, our festival poets – no doubt many unheard in your ears as yet, and of the total number, more than half are women – will speak their truths in Rotterdam. Coming from Egypt, Jamaica, Burma, Mexico, and also Switzerland and other European countries, and the US, their voices will sound in several spaces and venues in the city. We don't want you to miss out – so the festival's evening readings will be available on live streaming.
Do you want to discover the 21st century poets? 18 of the most intriguing contemporary poets from all over the world are being translated into English and Dutch for you. Their names are:

Joost Baars (NL), Christian Bök (CAN), Ida Börjel (SWITZ), Sonia Bueno (SPA), Alí Calderón (MEX) , Dolores Dorantes (MEX), Nora Gomringer (GER), Aurélia Lassaque (FRA), Zeyar Lynn (BUR), Miguel-Manso (POR), Gihan Omar (EGY), Marie de Quatrebarbes (FRA), Safiya Sinclair (JAM), Danez Smith (USA), Maria Stepanova (RUS), Lies van Gasse (BEL), Nachoem M. Wijnberg (NL)

You may already check their backgrounds and their work translated into English and Dutch on the PIW.

You can join us on our Festival Live Stream overview and also on our Youtube channel.


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