This year's edition of the TRANSPOESIE international poetry festival will take form in public events, including our traditional readings and panels, where you can meet the poets in person, as well as giving the public space a poetical touch.
The current edition, taking place between 26 and 28 September, presents the themes European Year of Youth and Poets from Black Europe and its program includes three main events, each to be held in a different location. The first two days will focus on the concept of Poetry as a literary refuge for young artists (European Year of Youth) and the last one will be dedicated to Poets from Black Europe. For the first part of the event, poets will address topics such as mental health, everyday life struggles, identity and roots. For the second part, Bozar and EUNIC Brussels invited five writers who participated in the anthology “Kontinentaldrift: das Schwarze Europa” by the author Fiston Mwanza Mujila. Their poetry challenges both the concept of a diaspora and that of national literature. The work navigates personal, collective, and universal mythologies, and is rooted in different traditions: the music and orality of African poetic tradition, and the European canonical poetic texts.
The TRANSPOESIE poetry festival is organised for the 12th consecutive year by EUNIC Brussels, the European Union National Institutes for Culture based in the Belgian capital and its partners. The festival celebrates multilingualism by bringing poetry in dozens of languages to Brussels. It marks the annual European Day of Languages and Linguistic Diversity on 26 September by organising a series of events (click on the events for more information, registration and tickets):
26 September - 17:30 @ Citizens' Garden (Rue Vautier 68, 1050 Ixelles)
27 September - 19:00 @ Istituto Italiano di Cultura Bruxelles (Rue de Livourne 38, 1000 Bruxelles)
28 September - 19:30 @ Bozar Studio (Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Bruxelles)
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