The Call for Participation for TRANSPOESIE 2018 is now open
  • 02/05/2018

The Call for Participation for TRANSPOESIE 2018 is now open”

TRANSPOESIE 2018 is now calling for participation in this year’s celebration of poetry and linguistic diversity in Brussels.

We propose two types of participation:

  1. with a poem, published on our website and displayed in the public transportation network in original language and two translations (French and Dutch).
  2. with a poem and its poet attending one of the reading events organised in Brussels in September and October

TRANSPOESIE 2018 is now calling for participation in this year’s celebration of poetry and linguistic diversity in Brussels.

ABOUT TRANSPOESIE 2018

TRANSPOESIE is an annual poetry festival organised by EUNIC Brussels, the network of European Union National Institutes for Culture, and its partners. The festival, now in its 8th year celebrates language diversity by bringing poetry in as many languages as possible to the general public in Brussels.

In the context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, our goal is to mark the annual European Day of Languages and Linguistic Diversity on 26 September by organising a series of events in September and October that present the rich and diverse poetry of Europe.

Our ambition is to introduce fresh and contemporary poems and poets to the Belgian and international public of Brussels by displaying poems in their original languages in the public transportation network through collaboration with STIB / MIVB (The Brussels Intercommunal Transport Company), and via the Transpoesie website. Both the website and the printed materials will contribute to raising awareness of the diversity of languages by providing a visible platform for their poetic expression.

This year the festival will focus as well on creating bridges, collaborations between the poets and the translators / publishers / specialised media / literary events. By organising 3 separate events under the umbrella of Transpoesie (BOZAR, MuntPunt, Balassi Institute), where the poets and others can meet, the project will contribute to future cooperation between writers, cultural institutes and diverse language communities, stimulating new translations and other literary and linguistic exchanges. .       

PREVIOUS EDITIONS

The TRANSPOESIE project was launched in Brussels in the autumn of 2011 for the European Day of Languages, celebrated throughout Europe every year on 26 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 into the Brussels public space. Over the past 7 years, 150 European poets have presented their poems in the framework of the project, and all the participating poems and information about the poets are gathered on the Transpoesie website. This year’s poems and poets will be added to this growing compilation.

Our partners during the past editions have been: Brussels International House of Literature Passa Porta, Center for Fine Arts BOZAR, City of Brussels, the Representation of the European Commission in Belgium, Galerie Anspach, Loterie Nationale, STIB/MIVB, Actissia.

WHAT WE OFFER in 2018

  • publishing of poems in their original languages, as well as translations, on the website of TRANSPOESIE
  • display of poems in their original languages and two translations (French and Dutch) in the public transportation network of Brussels - with 1 million journeys / day
  • showcase the poems in the TRANSPOESIE brochure and other printed materials
  • possibility of inviting your poet to one of the three poetry events being organized at BOZAR, MuntPunt and Balassi Institute
  • networking and new collaboration possibilities for the poets / translators
  • your logos will appear in all communication material

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

We propose two types of participation:

  1. with a poem, published on our website and displayed in the public transportation network in original language and two translations (French and Dutch).
  2. with a poem and its poet attending one of the reading events organised in Brussels in September and October

Important! Poems for public display must be limited to a maximum of 8 lines, in order to allow graphic space for the translations. The 8 lines can of course be an extract from a longer poem, and the complete poem will be included on the website.

The participation fee is 300 euros per poem.

WHAT WE EXPECT

  1. if you participate with a poem, in addition to the participation fee, we expect you to cover the costs of translation and any copyright fees
  2. if you wish to have a poet participating at a reading event, we expect you to cover the costs of bringing the poet to Brussels ( e.g. travel, accommodation, fees etc.)

HOW TO APPLY

  • Deadline for notification of participation: 25 May 2018.

Please confirm your interest by sending an email with your contact info to info@transpoesie.eu. Please also indicate whether you intend to invite a poet to Brussels.

On 26 May the registration will be closed. After receiving your notification, the Transpoesie Team will contact you with more information.

  • Deadline for sending us all information: 30 June 2018.

By 30 June, we expect to receive from you the poem, (maximum 8 lines), the name of the poet, a short biography, and the translations of the poem to French and Dutch. You will receive further guidance on the submission of this material after 25 May 2018, once we have received a clear indication of participation.

CONTACT AND INFO

Please do not hesitate to contact us by email (info@transpoesie.eu) or by phone (+32 2 209 07 53)

Looking forward to receiving your applications.

The Transpoesie Team

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