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The Future of Living - Festival opening night
  • 16/09/2021

The Future of Living - Festival opening night”

The eleventh edition of TRANSPOESIE will be opened by four poetic voices, who will share their poetic journey in their consecutive native languages, with translations available.

But this time is not only about words, as we will be looking into sound, music and rhythms in poetry - and we will explore the impact of performance in perception of a poetic message. What is the future of poetry? How can one address and captivate the new generations with poems? These are only a few questions we will tackle. 

The Future of Living - Festival opening night 

23/09 – 6PM @ Citizens’ Garden

Rue Vautier / Vautierstraat 62
B-1050 Brussels

Celebrate poetry from around Europe and discover poetry through European cultures. Hear from the following: 

Nina Dragičević from Slovenia – not just a poet, essayist, composer and holder of a Master’s degree in Sociology, but also the author of four books. She was the author in focus at the international festival of contemporary arts The City of Women in 2019, and is a member of the Slovenian Writers’ Association. Moreover, she won the Knight of Poetry competition in 2018, and was the first in its history to receive both the Jury Award and the People’s Choice award! 

Pelumi Adejumo from The Netherlands - a writer, photographer, singer, occasional translator and dramatist. She studied Creative Writing at ArtEZ University of the Arts and was included in NRC Handelsblad’s 2020 list of 101 promising artists in the Low Countries. Her writing draws on song and sound, invented languages and untranslations. 

Elsa Tölli from Finland - not only a performance poet, but also a whimsical enchanter, fuelling their creative machinery with life adventures, wacky glamour, and stageinduced adrenaline. Tölli takes the stage filled with emotional ruckus presented in their undeniable presence, sharing sharp and snappy poetry in vibrantly colourful performances. She believes that poetry is the true soil of society, from which new indescribable vines can grow. 

Sara Herrera Peralta from Spain is a graphic designer and author of eleven books of poetry, three of them prize-winning. She was born in Trebujena (Spain) and currently lives in Cazals (Le Lot, France). Being curious about different disciplines, she has a training and learning experience in multidisciplinary studies: from an MA in Comparative Literature at Paris-Sorbonne University to an MA in Marketing Communication Management at the UOC University. 

Moderator: Carmien Michels. Antwerp based author and performer Carmien Michels dances between the urban and the classic. In 2016, she won both the Dutch and the European Championship Poetry Slam and came in third at the World Cup in Paris. Collaborating with various artists, she has been touring around ever since. Fragments of her novels, poetry collections and short stories have been published in ten languages. She is the founder and curator of WATLAB, an Antwerp based dynamic studio for literary artists. In October 2021, her first collection of short stories, Fathers Who Mourn, will be published by Querido.


Event in partnership with the European Parliament and Europe Readr

Please note that hygienic measurements for public safety will be in place. Registration to the public event at the Citizens’ Garden is recommended. 

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  • Spain Arts and Culture - Cultural and Scientific Service of the Embassy of Spain in Belgium
  • Scottish Government EU Office
  • Embassy of the Republic of Estonia in Belgium
  • Romanian Cultural Institute in Brussels
  • Swedish Institute
  • Yunus Emre Institute
  • Danish Cultural Institute
  • Commission européenne
  • Permanent Representation of the Republic of Estonia to the European Union
  • MuntPunt
  • It Skriuwersboun
  • Leeuwarden Europan Capital of Culture 2018
  • Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the European Union
  • LUCA School of Arts
  • Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity
  • Orfeu - Livraria Portuguesa
  • Embassy of the Republic of Latvia to the Kingdom of Belgium
  • Embassy of Andorra
  • Etxepare Euskal Institutua
  • Hungarian Cultural Institute Brussels
  • Mission of the Faroes to the EU
  • Vlaams-Nederlands Huis deBuren
  • Czech Centre Brussels
  • Greenland Representation to the European Union
  • Lithuanian Culture Institute
  • Camões Instituto de Cooperação e Língua Portugal
  • Austrian Cultural Forum
  • Embassy of Ireland
  • Greenlandic Writers Association
  • Embassy of Sweden
  • LOFT 58
  • Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU
  • Ambassade du Luxembourg à Bruxelles
  • Istituto Italiano di Cultura
  • Instituto Cervantes Brussels
  • Polish Institute - Cultural Service of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Brussels
  • Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
  • Ville de Bruxelles