Events | UNESCO World Poetry Day

Sunday, March 21, 2021  |  Online | On Demand

With Omar al-Jaffal author and journalist, Iraq/Germany | Volker Braun author, Berlin | Nancy Campbell author, UK | Angélica Freitas poet, Brasil/Berlin | Suvi Valli author and translator, Finland | Moderation: Knut Elstermann journalist, Berlin

Celebrating poetry! UNESCO established a special World Poetry Day for this purpose in 2000. It honors the value of poetry, the diversity of language and the importance of oral traditions. From the beginning, the Haus für Poesie and its partners have organized this central event in Germany.

Online readings this year by: Iraqi poet Omar al-Jaffal (born 1988), who expresses pain as well as anger in the face of the crises of our time; Volker Braun (born 1939), who reads from his new long poem Große Fuge, Nancy Campbell (born 1978), on the way to glaciers, arctic floes, frost and snow in her poems; Angélica Freitas (born 1973), who critically and powerfully focuses on the female body; and Schloss Wiepersdorf alumna Suvi Valli (born 1977), who has a close connection to German literature, especially the era of romanticism.

Knut Elstermann, journalist at radioeins, introduces the authors. All readings in original language, German translations are available.

Under the patronage of the German UNESCO Commission.

A joint event of Haus für Poesie and Stiftung Brandenburger Tor with the German UNESCO Commission, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Berliner Künstlerprogramm of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia Bamberg, and Kulturstiftung Schloss Wiepersdorf with the support of the Finland Institute in Germany.

Online also on Facebook, YouTube & #kanalfuerpoesie


Suvi Valli
Poem: Jälkikuvia („Nachbilder“), 2021
Translation into German: Stefan Moster
Video: Hanna-Kaisa Hämäläinen
Music: Kaamanen Soundsystem

Volker Braun
Poem: Große Fuge. Aggregat K, erscheint demnächst im Suhrkamp Verlag
Video: Christian Bäucker
Filming location: Deutsche Oper

Angélica Freitas
Poems: für meine hose, die klamotten kommen aus asien, miniwelt, futurologie 2, künstlerin-in-berlin, ich soll ein gedicht schreiben über populismus für ein festival
Translation into German: Odile Kennel
Video: Affonso Uchôa

Omar Al-Jaffal
Poem: Wir wollen das Leben
Translation into German: Suleman Taufiq
Camera, Sound, Editing: Andreas Bolm
Camera assistent: Boglárka Börcsök
Music: Atef Al-Jaffal, Hussain Al-Harbi
Special thanks to Haneen Naamneh

Nancy Campbell
Poems from: Disko Bay, Enitharmon Press 2015
Translation into German: Hans Jürgen Balmes
Video: Nancy Campbell
Editor: Liam Martin
Motif: Meereis, gefilmt im Frühling auf der Insel Upernavik, Grönland

Photos: Angélica Freitas © Jasper Kettner, Nancy Campbell © Michael Aust, Omar al-Jaffal © Frank Kleinbach, Suvi Valli © Tomi Kontio, Volker Braun © gezett

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