City and Country

Festival Live!

39th Poetry International Festival
7 - 13 June

In 2008, for the first time in human history, the majority of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. For this reason, Poetry International has chosen to devote this edition of the festival to ‘City and Country’.

 (Duala, Kameroen | Kamiel Verschuren)

Around 2008, for the first time in human history, more people will be living worldwide in urban areas than in the countryside. Around 2030, this figure will have risen to over 60%. The relationship between city and countryside will fundamentally alter as a result of this irreversible development, which will in turn have consequences for humans and how they live together. Poetry International will focus on poetry from city and country and on what effects this change may have on poetry.

The public decides its own admission!
It is no longer possible to buy tickets for the festival, although an admission charge will still be made – as with ‘reverse economics’, the visitor decides the level of the admission charge and pays it after the programme is over.
Poets to perform twice
Unlike in earlier years, all the poets will read twice at the festival. In that way, the public will get the chance to see a poet otherwise missed – or to get a second chance to see the poet in a different programme constellation.


39e Poetry International Festival