Days of Poetry and Wine 2018

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

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. This year's focus is Spanish poetry, represented by three poets from Spain: Carlos AganzoMercedes Cebrián and Erika Martínez.

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, Poetry Promenade, wine programme, private readings, childeren's programme, worshkops for adults, special treats with piano and poetry, contemporary art music concert, and other popular festival events.

This year’s selection of music is outstanding as well: Mia Žnidarič and trio, Month of Sundays, Tori Tango, and Vlado Kreslin and Mali bogovi.


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 Rod 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) - in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Ljubljana
Agi Mishol (Israel)

Spanish focus:
Carlos Aganzo
Mercedes Cebrián
Erika Martínez

Marija Andrijašević (Croatia)
Pernilla Berglund (Sweden) - supported by Swedish Arts Council
Valentina Colonna (Italy)
Johanna Venho (Finland)

Resident poet:
Bernadette Schiefer (Austria)

Open Letter to Europe:
Athena Farrokhzad (Sweden) - supported by Swedish Arts Council

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



Last year’s project Open Letter to Europe was a pure success. With the support of German Allianz Kulturstiftung we write an Open Letter about burning social topics to institutions, politicians, media and everyman of Europe. This year’s open letter is written by Swedish poet of Iranian origin Athena Farrokhzad. It will be presented at the opening of the festival on 22nd of August.

Open Letter to Europe is organised in collaboration with Allianz Kulturstiftung.



Contemporary Spanish poetry will be brought to us with support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) and the Spanish Embassy in Ljubljana. Our guests will be Mercedes Cebrián, Carlos Aganzo and Erika Martínez. In days prior to the festival they will attend the translaton workshop together with Slovene colleagues Tibor Hrs Pandur, Andrej Medved, Glorjana Veber and translator Veronika Rot. They will mutually translate poetry. Translations will be heard during the festival on the main stage. We will not forget Spanish wines. Wine altar will every evening offer wine of the chosen vintner from Spain.

Spanish focus is supportey by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE), Mobility grants, and the Spanish Embassy in Ljubljana.


Poetry promenade is back. The streets of Ptuj will rejoice with poetry, music, dance and acrobatic stunts, all that on the last morning of festival,

Saturday, 25th August. Streets among Dominican monastery, Prešeren Street, Slovene Market, Miklošičeva Street, Town Square, Aškerčeva Street and Vraz Square will be taken over by numerous artists, led by comedian and actor Tadej Toš.

All visitors are warmly intited to join the promenade in masks!

Poetry promenade is supported by Gostilna Grabar and Gostilna Lužnik.


During this year’s festival there will be 54th, 55th and 56th edition of Wicked Tasting!. It’s a brilliant opportunity for visitors to listen to chosen poets and try wines from Ptuj Winery, Kupljen from Jeruzalem-Svetinje and Vinakras from Sežana. Last year’s guests were thrilled with the wine workshop, so this year’s repetition is a must. In the end there will be a fun award winning quiz. Maestro behind all this will be wine publicist Jože Rozman. Wine altar, lead by coordinator of Wine tasting Staša Cafuta Trček, will introduce to us fifteen carefully chosen wines from the whole  Slovenia.

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Days of Poetry and Wine wouldn't be possible without the support of the Slovene Book Agency, City of Ptuj, Creative Europe programme of the EU, Allianz Kulturstiftung, Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), Goethe-Institut Ljubljana, Swedish Arts Council, 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