Poetry Expo 23 / 4 March 2023

Poeziecentrum presenting Poetry Week 2023

Poetry Expo 23

In the context of Poetry Week 2023, Poëziecentrum made video clips with famous Dutch poets.

They both got the same questions:
- what does friendship mean to you
- can you read a self-written poem, appropriate to the theme?

The poems are read in Dutch with attached English subtitles.

Nisrine Mbarki

Mustafa Kör

Belgium PoetryWeek Ingmar Heytze

The poems are read in Dutch with attached English subtitles.

The translators are Michele Hutchison (Nisrine Mbarki) Paul Vincent (Mustafa Kör) and Robert Dorsman (Ingmar Heytze).


The project is part of the subthemes Human and artificial creativity and Connect not divide.


Poetry Week 2023

The Poetry Week is organized since 2000 in Flanders and the Netherlands. It starts at the last Thursday of January with ‘Poem Day’.
The Poetry Week is a big, easy accessible campaign for poetry for schools, libraries and bookstores. A lot of other organizations, even political and journalistic ones, are also setting something up in the context of the Poetry Week.

The theme in 2023 is ‘Friendship’.

The coordination is by Poeziecentrum in Ghent, Belgium. A lot of poetry partners gathered in the so-called ‘Poetry Table’, support and collaborate.


Poëziecentrum Belgium

Poëziecentrum vzw is thé information and expertise centre for Dutch poetry and international poetry in Dutch translation. To achieve its main objectives, Poëziecentrum provides some services for the various target groups. First of all, it gathers documentation and information on historical and contemporary poetry to enhance its expertise on the field.  It organises and supports poetic competitions, events, exposures and workshops Poëziecentrum  publishes its own poetry magazine Poëziekrant which contains qualitative interviews, unpublished poems and contemporary topics. Poëziecentrum is also a publisher for both books of poetry, volumes, translations. It has its own shop and reception with poetry books and gadgets. Bringing good poetry to the people and support poets and their poetry are the basic lines.  Poëziecentrum is the Belgian partner of Verspolis. In collaboration with Antwerp Book City it invites Verspolis poets to the Felix Poetry Festival.