Begining: 8 p.m.
With: Gülten Akin Turkey Jayanta MahapatraIndia Lebogang Mashile South Africa Sainkho Namtchylak Tuva Peter Rühmkorf GermanySjón Iceland Gerald Stern USA Raphael Urweider Switzerland Hsia Yü Taiwan Adam Zagajewski Poland
Venue: Potsdamer Platz
Begining: 8 p.m.
Anthologie 4 EUR
Weltklang is poetry from around the world, read aloud in the original language. The open-air poetry night gives listeners the chance to immerse themselves in the foreign sounds, voices and rhythms of poems, at the opening of the poesiefestival berlin 2006. Highlights of this year’s event: the German poet Peter Rühmkorf and the Icelandic poet and lyricist Sjón, who also writes for the singer Björk and received an Oscar nomination for his song texts for the film “Dancer in the dark”.
Other poets who have agreed to appear include Gülten Akin, poet and human rights activist from Turkey, the Polish writer Adam Zagajewski, the poet and essayist Hsia Yu from Taiwan, the Indian poet and physicist Jayanta Mahapatra and the Swiss writer Raphael Urweider, Sainkho Namtchylak from Tuva, as well as the young poet Lebogang Mashile from South Africa and Gerald Stern from the USA.
Weltklang – Poetry Night unfolds its magic precisely because the poems are read aloud in the original language – without a spoken translation. A limited edition anthology will be appearing especially for this evening with the translations of the poems at the event.
This year again Weltklang – Poetry Night will be taking place with the kind assistance of DaimlerChrysler Immobilien (DCI) GmbH.
Supported by the Embassy of the United States of America, the Polish Institut, Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council and the Taipei Representation in the German Federal Republic
Project manager: Noren Fritsch, Patrick Hutsch