Days of Poetry and Wine 2018

21. August 2018: Evenings before Days, different locations around Slovenia and abroad

22.-25. August 2018: Days of Poetry and Wine, Ptuj

Days of Poetry and Wine, one of the most well-known international poetry festivals in this part of Europe, unites poetry with enology and eriches the last warm August days with poetic, enological, culinary, musical, visual and many other unforgetable experiences, which bring the narrow medieval streets of Ptuj to life.

The 22nd edition of the festival, which will take place between 22nd and 25th August, will host two guests of honour: one of the most well-known Israeli poets Agi Mishol and a German poet, editor and the president of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts Michael Krüger. Special attention will be given to Slovene poet Jure Detela (1951-1992), whose collected works were just published by Beletrina in 2018.

We will continue our collaboration with Berlin-based Allianz Kulturstiftung in the frame of Open Letter to Europe project. Of course we won't skip the activities in the frame of Versopolis platform, the Poetry Promenade, Private Readings and other popular festival events.


The twntyone poets, participating at the 22nd edition of the festival, are coming from 15 different countries. They were selected by two selectors: British poet and editor Roderick Mengham, who will also appear at the festival as a poet, and Slovene poet, writer, editor and translator Aleš Šteger.

Guest of honour:
Michael Krüger (Germany)
Agi Mishol (Israel)

Spanish focus:
Carlos Aganzo
Mercedes Cebrián
Erika Martínez

Marija Andrijašević (Croatia)
Pernilla Berglund (Sweden)
Valentina Colonna (Italy)
Johanna Venho (Finland)

Resident poet:
Bernadette Schiefer (Austria)

Yuri Andrukhovych (Ukraine)
Brian Henry (USA)
Joanna Klink (USA)
Vlado Kreslin (Slovenia)
Gábor Lanczkor (Hungary)
Bartłomiej Majzel (Poland)
Roderick Mengham (Great Britain)
Anne Portugal (France)
Brynne Rebele-Henry (USA)
Wang Yin (China)

Athena Farrokhzad (Sweden)


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Days of Poetry and Wine wouldn't be possible without the financial support of the Slovene Book Agency, City of Ptuj, Creative Europe programme of the EU, Allianz Kulturstiftung, Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), Austrian Cultural Forum, DEM (Drava Hydropowerplants Maribor), The Triglav Group, Balassi Institute and many other supporters. Special thanks goes to Talum d. d. company in cooperation with Pan Kidričevo restaurant, which is providing delicious meals for festival guests throughout the festival.

Photo: Matej Pušnik