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The 22nd poesiefestival berlin has been celebrating the poetry of Europe online


The online edition of the 22nd poesiefestival berlin (11–17 June) came to a successful conclusion yesterday evening. With the motto There Lies Europe, the Festival presented an extensive digital programme of readings, talks, discussions, concerts and workshops on the Festival website featuring 150 artists from around 40 countries. Taking centre place in this year’s edition of the Festival was the poetry of Europe, which was taken as a prism for examining the political, cultural and linguistic diversity of Europe in an ambivalent way, finding its pain points and searching for what connects us in diversity.


The 22nd poesiefestival berlin starts on Friday


The digital 22nd edition of the poesiefestival berlin starts this Friday. Under the heading There Lies Europe, the Festival will, from 11 to 17 June 2021, be exploring the poetry of Europe in its diversity of forms and languages and despite the pandemic building bridges across the continent. With 150 artists from around 40 countries, the festival website has put together an extensive programme of readings, discussions, concerts and workshops.


22nd poesiefestival berlin: Focus on European Multilingualism


Under the heading There lies Europe, the 22nd poesiefestival berlin from 11 to 17 June 2021 will be looking at the poetry of Europe in all its diversity of forms and languages and, in spite of the pandemic, building poetic bridges across the continent. The Festival will be paying special attention to Europe’s many languages: regional and minority languages, multilingualism and the ambivalence between languages and language policy. In the FORUM: Europe’s diversity has no skin, Europe’s wealth of languages is the starting point for an approach to the cultural, social and political reality of the continent from the linguistic side. The Language Archipelagos of Europe deserve special attention. Multilingualism in five European regions – Spain, former Yugoslavia, the Baltic, Romania and the Caspian Sea – will come under scrutiny in five events looking at language policy and linguistic nationalism, identity and poetic tradition.


22nd poesiefestival berlin: Festival website is online, tickets on sale now

SAVE THE DATE: Digital Opening on 11 June with Weltklang


The Festival website of the 22nd poesiefestival berlin with the complete programme is online now at From 11 to 17 June 2021 the Festival, under the heading Da liegt Europa/There Lies Europe is presenting 23 digital readings, talks, concerts and workshops as well as 70 interviews, essays and anthology contributions in the form of text – 150 artists from around the world are taking part. The events are accessible via a paywall: tickets at 3€ as well as festival passes for 19€, which give access to all productions, are available from today at and are valid for two months from the start of the festival.


Programme for the 22nd poesiefestival berlin: There lies Europe


Under the heading There lies Europe, the 22nd poesiefestival berlin from 11 to 17 June 2021 is investigating the poetry of Europe in all its diversity of forms and languages, and in spite of the pandemic is building poetic bridges across the continent. Multilingualism, the ambivalence of language policymakers to the languages, migration and diaspora – these are the thematic lines along which the Festival will be putting Europe to the test and finding common denominators through poetry. The Festival will be taking place online at, where the full programme will be available and advance tickets for the streams will be on sale from early May.


Press Images

Festival design (c) studio stg

Berlin Poetry Lecture 2021: Johannes Jansen 

Making of: Berlin Poetry Lecture 2021 (c) Martin Dziuba

Weltklang – Night of Poetry

Forum: Europe’s Diversity has no Skin


Making of: Forum (Lecture Can Dündar) (c) Schirin Moaiyeri

Poet’s Evening #8: Communion of the Absent

Making of: Poet’s Evening #8 (c) Schirin Moaiyeri

Language Archipelago I: Former-YU – Our Language(s):

Mira Mann and Rosaceae

Language Archipelago II: Lust for Languages and Language War in Spain

Unheard Poetry – Black Europe  

Language Archipelago III: Minorities, Languages and Representations in Romania

VERSschmuggel/reVERSible Belarus – Germany

Language Archipelago IV: Caspian Sea – Is that even Europe still?

Queer-Bodied Voices

Language Archipelago V: Poetry and Self-Perception in the Baltic


Programme of Poetic Education


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