Festival of Hope 1 / 28 April 2020

Under the Same Sun and Penguin in Isolation

Launching and celebrating  an Anthology of 9 contemporary Turkish poets translated into Hebrew.

Israeli and Turkish poets, participated in 3 mutual translation workshops over the last 7 years talking about their special experience and friendship, and reading poems – the event is in English -  The other half of the project an anthology of Israeli poets translated into Turkish will be published by the end of 2020 in Istanbul.

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Under the Same Sun by Helicon Poetry Festival in collaboration with Offline Istanbul Poetry Festival.

After the COVID-19 pandemic began and social distancing became a norm, artists of Tarbut Movement delivered hot meals and medication to people in isolation. Our hearts broke when we realized the depths of their loneliness.  

Danielle Fluzky, an actress and educator, asked herself: As an artist, what can I do to cheer people up?  She decided to climb into her penguin costume. Her humorous video shows how the penguin handles being home alone, like so many people in Israel and around the world.

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Penguin in Isolation by Tarbut Movement.


Helicon Poetry Festival and Offline Istanbul Poetry Festival

Helicon Society for the Advancement of Poetry in Israel was founded in 1990. Helicon is a Poetry journal, a Publishing House, a Poetry School, Sha’ar International Poetry Festival (SIPF), Poetry On the Map – poetry within the community.

Helicon is a partner of "Eurozine", the European Network of Cultural Journals, a partner of LAF, a member of Lyrikline, and a founding member of ENCWP, the European Network of Creative Writing Programs. In collaboration with "Literature Across Frontiers" organization.

Offline Istanbul Poetry Festival is an independent festival with the main aim of introducing world poetry to Turkish readers and promoting Turkish poetry abroad.


Tarbut Movement

Tarbut Movement is an innovative social enterprise comprised of a combination of activities designed for the development and renewal of culture and arts in Israel.