In her opening address, Kristina Kočan introduced the central guests of the festival - the Swiss poet Ilma Rakusa, the Lithuanian poet Eugenijus Ališanka and the author of the Open Letter to Europe, poet David Harsent. This time, too, we are continuing the tradition of the Open Letter, with which, for the seventh year in a row, the selected top poet addresses Europe and highlights the most pressing problems in their opinion. This year's open letter will be heard at the official opening of the festival on Thursday, 24 August, at 8:30 p.m. in Vrazov Square in Ptuj.
The executive producer of the festival, Taja Islamovič, said that during the festival Ptuj will transform into the capital of poetry. There will be more than 60 events for all ages and interest groups with contemporary Czech poetry as the center of attention. Many events will also be hosted by other cities, such as Ljubljana, Krško, Ormož, Ljutomer, Petanjci, and Dornava, as well as Potrna in Austria and Varaždin in Croatia.
The festival will be devoted to the wine culture with the same zeal as it will be honoring the poetry. The Wine Altar, which will be opened by Ptuj's wine queen Lucija Kramer, will thus offer selected wines from excellent winemakers from the wine-growing region of Slovenian Styrian every evening in Vrazov Square in Ptuj. Wicked Tasting!, which combines a conversation with a winemaker, a wine tasting, and a poetry reading, will take place twice as part of the festival in Ptuj.
The traditional events, such as the evening Grand Poetry Readings, which will be coordinated by the Slovenian film actor Jurij Drevenšek, is being upgraded with the varied program - a Wine Cocktail Soiree in the Old Glassware Workshop and with Poetry on a Platter, an exclusive dinner at Ptuj Castle.