The TRANSPOESIE poetry festival is organised for the fifth consecutive year by EUNIC Brussels, the European Union National Institutes for Culture based in the Belgian capital. It officially begins at the end of September, marking the European Day of Languages on 26 September.
This year, no fewer than 24 countries have joined together to offer the population of Brussels a selection of poems in their original languages (20 languages in total), with translations in French and Dutch.
Discover European cultural and linguistic diversity at four special TRANSPOESIE poetry events:
LIFE IS POETRYALZIATI ALZIATI | BALODE BALODE | BORDA BORDA | BÖRJEL BÖRJEL | BOUQUET BOUQUET | DAŃCZYSZYN DAŃCZYSZYN | FENKART FENKART | FERENČUHOVÁ FERENČUHOVÁ | GHYSSAERT GHYSSAERT | KAMPMANN KAMPMANN | KIVISILLA KIVISILLA | MĂLAICU-HONDRARI MĂLAICU-HONDRARI | MARTINS MARTINS | MIHAYLOVA MIHAYLOVA | MIHAYLOVA MIHAYLOVA | NECHIT NECHIT | NORÐDAHL NORÐDAHL | OOSTERHOFF OOSTERHOFF | SEGLEM SEGLEM | SEMOLIČ SEMOLIČ | SOMECK SOMECK | VARRÓ VARRÓ | VIELLE VIELLE | YAŞIN YAŞIN
The TRANSPOESIE project was launched in Brussels in the autumn of 2011
for the European Day of Languages, celebrated throughout Europe every year on the 26th of September.
Inspired by the successful and long-standing Poems on the Underground in London and Wiersze w Metrze in Warsaw, as well as similar projects run in various capital cities all over the world such as Paris, New York and Montreal, EUNIC Brussels brings European poetry in its original languages into the Brussels public space. Over the past 4 years, 100 European poets have presented their poems in the framework of the project. The public of Brussels gets a chance to discover the great variety of languages and literary talent in Europe, enriching their daily routines with a unique and creative experience.
TRANSPOESIE poets represented 21 countries in 2011, 24 countries in 2012, 26 in 2013 and 30 in 2014.
The goal of the past four editions was to put poetry into the Brussels public space, in the tramways, the metro trains, the busses. This year we are focusing on the quality of the poetry events and the launch of a brand-new website.
Our various partners during the past editions were: Brussels International House of Literature Passa Porta, Center for Fine Arts BOZAR, the City of Brussels, the European delegation in Brussels, the Galerie Anspach, Loterie Nationale, STIB/MIVB and Actissia.
The poets presented in Brussels: Monica AASPRONG (2014) | Alev ADIL (2014) | Cristina ALZIATI (2015) | Ursula ANDKJÆR OLSEN (2013) | Ostups ARTIS (2012) | Özdemir ASAF (2013) | Ingmāra BALODE (2015) | Stéphane BATAILLON (2012) | Maya BEJERANO (2013) | Julia BIRD (2012) | Itxaro BORDA (2015) | Ida BORJEL (2015) | Stephane BOUQUET (2015) | Branko ČEGEC (2013) | Gillian CLARKE (2014) | Francis COMBE (2013) | Rui CÓIAS (2014) | Aleksandra DAŃCZYSZYN (2015) | Serge DELAIVE (2014) | Kristin DIMITROVA (2014) | Athena FARROKHZAD (2014) | Lydia FENKART (2015) | Mária FERENČUHOVÁ (2015) | Pierre FOURNY (2014) | Vasile GÂRNEŢ (2014) | Vasco GRAÇA MOURA (2012) | Hagit GROSSMAN (2014) | Mariangela GUALTIERI (2014) | Maja HADERLAP (2012) | Yasmin HAFEDH (2013) | Inger HAGERUP (2012) | Martina HEFTER (2014) | Marin HONDRARI (2015) | Petr HRUŠKA (2014) | Laura IANCU (2014) | Doina IOANID (2014) | Carl Jóhan JENSEN (2013) | Jan JÍLEK (2012) | Rudolf JUROLEK (2014) | Sissal KAMPMANN (2015) | Constantine P. KAVAFIS (2012) | Frank KEIZER (2013) | Eeva KILPI (2012) | Veronika KIVISILLA (2015) | Anatol KNOTEK (2014) | Gueorgui KONSTANTINOV (2012) | Szczepan KOPYT (2013) | Barbara KORUN (2014) | Onno KOSTERS (2012) | Asko KÜNNAP (2013) | Irene LA SEN (2014) | János LACKFI (2012) | Boiko LAMBOVSKI (2013) | Martin LARSEN (2014) | Erik LINDER (2014) | Marcelijus MARTINAITIS (2012) | Albano MARTINS (2015) | Simon MÁRTON (2013) | Ceylan MEVLÜT (2012) | Luna MIGUEL (2012) | Aksinia MIHAYLOVA (2015) | Nils Christian MOE REPSTAD (2013) | Ion MUREŞAN (2013) | Giuseppe NAPOLITANO (2013) | Irina NECHIT (2015) | Eiríkur Örn NORÐDAHL (2015) | Tonnus OOSTERHOFF (2015) | Sigurður PáLSSON (2014) | Eftychia PANAYIOTOU (2012) | Giovanni PASCOLI (2012) | Anne PENDERS (2013) | Katja PERAT (2013) | Eric PIETTE (2012) | Dana PODRACKÁ (2013) | Marko POGAČAR (2014) | Tóroddur POULSEN (2014) | Jorge RIECHMANN (2013) | Birk ROHELEND (2014) | Jürgen ROOSTE (2012) | Tomasz RÓŻYCKI (2014) | Jacob SAM-LA ROSE (2013) | Xóchil A. SCHÜTZ (2012) | Georges SÉFÉRIS (2014) | Karl SEGLEM (2015) | Leta SEMANEDI (2014) | Peter SEMOLIČ (2015) | Rony SOMEK (2015) | Piotr SOMMER (2012) | Aleš ŠTEGER (2012) | Søren Ulrik THOMSEN (2012) | José TOLENTINO MENDONÇA (2013) | Indrė VALANTINAITĖ (2014) | Radu VANCU (2012) | Dániel VARRÓ (2015) | Petr VÁŠA (2013) | Laurence VIELLE (2015) | Jochen WINTER (2013) | Mehmet YAŞIN (2015) | Agne ZAGRAKALYTĖ (2013).
EUNIC Members taking part in the project :
Austrian Cultural Forum, Vlaams-Nederlands Huis deBuren, Wallonie-Bruxelles International, Permanent Representation of the Republic of Bulgaria to the European Union, Czech Centre Brussels, Permanent Representation of the Republic of Estonia to the European Union, Alliance française de Bruxelles-Europe, Balassi Institute - Cultural Service of the Embassy of Hungary in Brussels, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Polish Institute - Cultural Service of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Brussels, Romanian Cultural Institute in Brussels, Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the European Union
EUNIC Associate Members taking part in the project :
Etxepare Euskal Institutua, Mission of the Faroes to the EU, Embassy of Norway, Service Culturel de l'Ambassade du Portugal en Belgique, Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU, Yunus Emre Institute
Come and listen to poets from Iceland, the Basque Country, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium at the opening night of Transpoesie. This annual poetry festival celebrates the diversity of languages. KLARA journalist Gudrun De Geyter will be interviewing the poets. A translation of their work is projected as they read it out to the people gathered.Notable guests include Brussels’ very own Laurence Vielle, our Belgian national poet for 2016, and Tonnus Oosterhoff of the Netherlands, who you might know from his ‘moving' poems. In addition you will get the chance to discover the young Swede Ida Börjel, the Icelandic wonder boyEiríkur Örn Norðdahl and from the Spanish Basque Country.
We have invited five poets from various countries (Belgium, France, Italy, Moldova and Turkey) to think about the relationship between poetry and the 'crisis' facing the contemporary world — whether this crisis be of a social, political, economic, spiritual or poetic nature. The goal of this topic is to raise a few questions which should give rise to an interesting exchange during which the poets will have the opportunity to define and outline the work they do. How does the theme of crisis make itself felt in their texts? What kind of crisis is dealt with? Does poetry need crisis or is it a threat? How does poetry help us to think about the concept of crisis? Can it still serve as a record for crisis or hope to offer a response? Is poetry itself in crisis? ...