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What happened to the future?

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In 2019 Poetry International will celebrate its 50th festival edition. Since 1970 the biggest names in the international world of poetry have made their way to Rotterdam for the annual Poetry International Festival. Thousands of poets have read their poems in De Doelen and the City Theater, as well as on city squares and in bars, parks and trams. They shared hope and desire, joy and grieve, resistance and love with the Rotterdam audience. Pablo Neruda, Joseph Brodsky and Margaret Atwood shared the stage with Dutch poetry heroes. Worlds of language flourished into worlds of beauty and meaning.

50 years of Poetry International Festival invites us to look back, to celebrate the many highlights and consider what the festival and its poets have brought us. But as always Poetry International wants to look forward as well. Following the theme WHAT HAPPENED TO THE FUTURE the 50th Poetry International Festival connects the past's highlights to the poets and poetry from today and the future. It will also raise questions about this past, present and future; how did we view the future in the past for example? And how do we today? What role can poetry and poets play in this? How did and does poetry relate to current events, to the zeitgeist and to visions of the future? This 'golden' Poetry International Festival Rotterdam presents poets you might recognize from previous festivals alongside talented poets who have the potential of becoming the big names in the future.

All information on festival poets, programs and special publications will be published on this website and on Poetry International's international Facebook page


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