Festival of Hope 1 / 15 May 2020

I'm Sheltering From a Storm


Everything will be good again. We will shelter from a storm.

Under the sky of a dome. 

There we shall find our refuge and our relief. 

And someone shall come and take away our sorrow, so that everything will be good again. 

There shall be tranquillity under the roof of the sky. 

We seek the endless sky where our prayers are like mantras, like the murmur of the sea.                            

And everything will be good again.


text © Martina Straková: from the poetry collection Postcards from Invisible Places, Ars Poetica, 2019)

English translation © John Minahane

Illustrations © Martina Straková

VO recordings: Martina Straková

Sound: Jaroslav Rozsíval

Music © Kornel Kabele

Graphic & music creative concept & overall visual video production © Zden Hlinka

Created for the Festival of Hope, 2020

Martina Straková studied cultural sciences and graduated from the Comenius University in Bratislava. Later she received scholarships at leading German universities and her PhD title in Philosophy. Since 2013, she has been co-organizing the International Poetry Festival Ars Poetica, where she holds a free creative writing workshop offered to the public as a stable part of the festival program. She is dedicated to writing poetry, fairy tales for children, painting and artistic translation from/to German and English language. She debuted with her poetry collection Postcards from Invisible Places (Pohľadnice z neviditeľných miest, Ars Poetica, 2019). She lives and works in Bratislava.

For more info click: https://www.versopolis-poetry.com/poet/244/martina-strakova

Zden Hlinka is both a software developer and a digital artist. The development of a program creating visuals in live context was one of his long-term activities. He is active in producing digital art that is open to progressive technologies and new creative challenges. Currently he is focusing on reworking his trademark visual algorithms for motion graphic market. He got worldwide recognition for his crypto puzzles, combinations of art, codes and mathematics. His crypto puzzles are digital art pieces holding a sequence of a secrets leading to crypto currency wallet for the first one being able to solve it.

For more info click: http://zd3n.com/


Martina Straková for Ars Poetica

Ars Poetica is a civic association. True to its name, Ars Poetica aims to spread, cultivate and develop poetry and to think of it as an eternally young medium in which the past meets the future, that is, the geniuses of the past with the citizens of the present and the unborn children of the future. Ars Poetica publishes poetry - both Slovak and world - but also works of literary criticism and philosophy. Since 2003, Ars Poetica has been organizing an internationally established poetry festival of the same name every year. Ars Poetica inspires thinking about contemporary poetry not only in Slovakia but also in a broader international context. Ars Poetica initiated the creation of the international platform European Poetry Forum , which aims to map contemporary poetics and forms, but also the traditions of European and world poetry. Ars Poetica is part of the Versopolis platform , which is the only European poetry platform supported by the European Union. Ars Poetica seeks to unite and integrate the poetry present in several artistic genres and disciplines. The aim of the Ars Poetica association is to deepen the awareness of the natural relationship between life and creation, society and the creator, artistic and social phenomena. Ars Poetica is based on the belief that poetry is the word for an almost elusive energy that opens the dimensions of life to all generations, from kindergartens to teenagers to people with lifelong experience. Ars Poetica believes in the natural right to poetry for everyone, and that is why many of its activities are non-profit, resp. free.