In 2017, Days of Poetry and Wine, one of the most prominent Central European poetry festivals, launched the Open Letter to Europe project in collaboration with Berlin-based Allianz Kulturstiftung. The letters from the project are addressed to Europe, or, perhaps, to the whole world, and aim to bring the language of art, thought-out, precise and rigorous, back to public discourse. Each year, the art director of the festival, with their team and in collaboration with Allianz Kulturstiftung, selects a preeminent poet or thinker and gives them the unique opportunity of addressing Europe and presenting the problems they consider the most pressing. The first Open Letter to Europe was written by Flemish author Stefan Hertmans in 2017. His letter was received very well and discussed by political decision-makers as well as the general European public and was translated and published in more than 10 languages. In 2018, the Open Letter to Europe is to be authored by Iranian-born Swedish poet Athena Farrokhzad. All Open Letters to Europe are published at www.stihoteka.com and as separate publications. They are delivered personally to all Members of the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, and the European Commission. They are published by major European media and thus carry significant weight throughout Europe.
Private readings remain among the most popular features of the programme. Similarly, this year, in the shaded seclusion of eight hidden alcoves around Ptuj, we will host the words and poetry of festival guests, accompanied by wines from Ptuj Winery, Gönc Winery and Sauvignon blanc by Verus. Members of DPD Svoboda Ptuj – Teater III will interpret Slovene translations of the poems. Fifteen minutes before the start of each event, we will escort you to those hidden locations from the festival Infopoint at Vraz square (Home of CULTure )
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.
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!
Director: Branka Bezeljak Producer: Tina Maroh Visuals: Dušan Fišer
Brass band Markovci aeuum (Davor Grabar) Somrak (Maja Zorko and Gregor Žuraj) Društva Cesarsko-kraljevi Ptuj, sekcija Graziosa Muzikačaka (Sara Korošec) Folklorna skupina KD Rogoznica Moški pevski zbor KD Rogoznica Ljubica Ribić in Milan Novak, društvo RITAM MISLI, Varaždin Teater III (DPD Svoboda Ptuj) Enduo (Katarina Samobor and Jure Pišek) Plesno društvo The SwingBrats Maribor (Luka Ravnjak, Tina Maroh, Andrej Mihevc and Mateja Plešic) Ženski pevski zbor Lilith Brata Malek
Poetry promenade is supported by Gostilna Grabar and Gostilna Lužnik.
The Ptuj castle will host fusion of poetry and music. On Thursday there will be a concert of pianist Aleksandra Pavlovič, introducing the works of German composer Manfred Trojahn. Those were inspired by the poetry of our guest of honour Michael Krüger. We will have the opportunity to listen to the poet himself interpreting some of his poems.
In cooperation with Goethe-Institut Ljubljana and Regional Museum Ptuj-Ormož (PMPO).
On Friday there will be a solo performance of Italian poet, composer and pianist Valentina Colonna, pampering us with passionate poetry and sophisticated sound of piano. Unique experience in unrepeatable atmosphere must not be missed.
In cooperation with Regional Museum Ptuj-Ormož (PMPO).
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.
On 31st January at 19.00 we will celebrate the 50th Wicked tasting! in a row. This time the guests will be the famous Slovene author of novels, poetry and screenplays, Feri Lainšček, along with a young and perspective vintner from Bela Krajina, Matija Šuklje. There will be cake and champagne, don't miss it!
For the full list of Wicked tastings! so far, klick on the link below.