21. December 2019

Online Contest for the Best New Year Wish to Europe 2019 is Out!

Days of Poetry and Wine in collaboration with Allianz Kulturstiftung from Berlin are starting a third online contest for best New Year Wish to Europe.

We invite you to send us your New Year Wish to Europe – a good wish, a request or an advice for the future of Europe and the future of all who may call it or wish to call it their home.

The deadline for submission is Sunday, December 29, 2019. The best Wish will be chosen by Days of Poetry and Wine board and published on the Days of Poetry and Wine Facebook profile on Monday, December 30, 2019.

The author of the best Wish will receive a three-day visit of Days of Poetry and Wine festival  (26.29. 8. 2020) in Ptuj, Slovenia. 

The Wish should be up to 200 signs long and written in Slovene and/or English language. If the Wish is written in any other European language, it should be translated in Slovene or English language. You should send it via Facebook private message to Days of Poetry and Wine till Sunday, December 29, 2019. Add your name, surname, e-mail address and your regular address. In case you are a minor, please let us know your age.

Award: Two nights accomodation with breakfast for one person at the festival hotel in Ptuj, covered international travelling expenses for one person (return plane, train or bus ticket, 2nd class for traveling within the following countries: 28 member states of EU, candidate countries, potential candidate countries and other European countries as listed here, covered travelling expenses within Slovenia, free entry to all festival events of Days of Poetry and Wine.

Note: in case the winner of the contest is a minor, all above mentioned costs will be covered for one adult companion.



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, and the second in 2018 by Iranian-born Swedish poet Athena Farrokhzad. Both Letters were 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 2019, the Open Letter to Europe is authored by Bulgarian-born German cosmopolitan, writer, poet, translator and performer Ilija Trojanow.

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.