Official Versopolis festival

Ars Poetica - Liberation Through Poetry

Thursday, 16 November 2017 – Friday, 24 November 2017

Bratislava, Slovakia

In November 2017, Ars Poetica Association will organise the 15th edition of the Ars Poetica International Poetry Festival. The event will be held at several major venues in Bratislava, including the A4 Cultural Point, Slovak National Gallery – Berlinka Café, University Library in Bratislava, V Club and Lumière Cinemas.

The festival has so far hosted over three hundred poets, the most prominent ones as well as rising stars from all across the world, including the likes of T.S. Eliot prize winners, U.S. Poet Laureates, etc. In 2014, Ars Poetica has been privileged to be able to introduce to the Slovak audience a renowned US poet and nominee for the Pulitzer Prize – Ron Padgett, one of the founding fathers of the New York School and contemporary U.S. poetry. 

Just like every year, Ars Poetica 2017 participants’ poetries will appear in a nearly 400 page festival anthology featuring their texts in the original language, Slovak translations and possibly in other languages. 
Ars Poetica festival strives to bring poetry into an interdisciplinary realm, which can be traced in the festival efforts to offer not only an Ars Poetica Film section, but also a special multimedia programme segments, such as Poetry & video, or poetry & music.

Festival participants are invited to perform for about 20 minutes, reading in the original language that will also be recited in Slovak translation by leading younger Slovak actors. All readings are accompanied by the screenings of original live VJ sets.

Entrance is free on all poetry readings.

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