The time has finally come for İstanbul poetry enthusiasts to flock to select venues in the capital of Turkish culture to partake in the International İstanbul Poetry Festival, an event initially scheduled to take place in June.
Kicking off on Tuesday with a poetry slam at the Beyoğlu Cultural Center for Youth at 4 p.m. followed by an evening opening reception at the Pera Museum at 8 p.m., the event, which is this year celebrating its fourth edition, continues through Saturday, consisting of panel discussions, conferences and lectures.
This year will see 24 acclaimed poets from nine countries taking part in the festival, with participants hailing from Turkey, Iran, Italy, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain and the US.
The theme country of the festival this year is set to be Macedonia, a country whose distinctive verse holds a unique place in the poetic traditions of the Balkan nations. With three Macedonian poets to be included in the lineup -- Igor Isakovski, Bogomil Gjuzel and Igor Isakovski -- a conference is set to be held on the history and nature of the country's poetry at 6 p.m. on Thursday evening at the Kızlarağası Medresesi. The festival is also set to welcome esteemed Spanish poets Pedro Enriquez and Joan Manresa, who were invited with the support of the Cervantes Institute in İstanbul.
Festival locations include the Beyoğlu Cultural Center for the Youth, Caferağa Medresesi, the Italian Cultural Center, Kızlarağası Medresesi, the Mephisto Bookstore, the Muammer Karaca Theater, the Pera Museum and the Basilica Cistern. The event will draw to a fittingly poetic close on Saturday with a tour of the Bosporus at 10:30 a.m. complete with lyrical entertainment. For more information, see http://www.istanbulsiirfestivali.org/en/.
CihanLast Mod: 12 Eylül 2011, 16:05