26. 8. 2014 Evenings before Days
27.-30. 8. 2014 PTUJ
Days of Poetry and Wine, an international poetry festival based in Slovenia, is coming of age: this year we will celebrate its 18th edition. Since its founding in 1995 it has hosted more than 400 poets from around the world, among them many prominent names like Tomas Tranströmer, Paul Muldoon, Lars Gustafsson, Michel Deguy and Tomaž Šalamun but also young voices which are yet to come under spotlight.
Supported by charming atmosphere of the small town of Ptuj – center of the festival that lies in the heart of one of Europe's most fascinating wine-growing regions, at the cross-roads of several cultures – poetry and wine make a perfect couple. With its idyllic image Ptuj provides an ideal environment for informal but very fruitful communication between the participants, while its tradition of wine production offers an additional argument for strengthening the poetic dialogue.
This year’s novelty is a new method for selection of participants: every year from now on participants will be chosen by two selectors with a two-year mandate. The first selectors are Slovene poet living in Sweden Lucija Stupica and a Ukranian-American poet Iliya Kaminski.
The festival will start on 23rd August with a Swedish-Slovene translation workshop (closed to public) and continue on 26th August with so called Evenings before Days in several Slovenian, Austrian and Croatian towns. The peak of the festival will be four days of intense program between 27th and 30th August at Ptuj. Along with the evening poetry readings, concerts, private readings, round tables, children's program and other essential events, the festival's rich program will also offer the best from the fields of contemporary music, thetre, film and photography.
Swedish poetry represented by Gunnar Harding, Niclas Nilsson, Athena Farrokhzad and Ann Jäderlund will be in this year's focus, while other participants and guests of honour will be announced in spring.
Join us at 18th Days of Poetry and Wine from 26th to 30th August 2014!