I hope, we hope. So many conversations, messages, emails or letters sent to you or by you in the last months begin with these words. Hope is the final, ultimate aspiration that stays caught in Pandora’s box after all evil is being released among humans. Hope is a key concept of imagining a different, a better future in the most difficult, unpredictable and challenging times.

Versopolis, a platform of 30 European international poetry festivals, and the Versopolis Review aim to create a unique transnational opportunity, where hope can be reflected about, steered, demonstrated, poeticised, questioned and addressed. Contrary to Pandora’s box it will be an open feast of literary creativity in many forms, a laboratory and a showcase of the most innovative approaches of how literature festivals and other intellectual institutions and enterprises across the continents envisage our common and interdependent future and, with the vessels of literature and creativity, fight back against radical political, social, ecological and economic appropriation of the situation, no matter where one is situated.

The festival will take place online and simultaneously with numerous international partners and contributors, coming together at the Versopolis Review website. The main programme will go online in a day-by day curated program from April 24th to April 30th with online events to follow.

Versopolis Review is a platform that publishes self-reflexive opinions of a range of authors on urgent social, political, ecological and cultural questions regarding Europe.