Event: June 2016

05:00 PM

17th poesiefestival berlin

Poetry and Conflict - Discussion

Event-Picture: Poetry and Conflict - Discussion Bejan Matur (c) Selahattin Sevi
Bejan Matur (c) Selahattin Sevi


featuring poets Carolyn Forché USA | Bejan Matur TUR | Brian Turner USA | Ghassan Zaqtan PSE
moderated by: Claudia Kramatschek DEU Literaturkritikerin

“Poetry can travel freely between cultures and languages and not be incarcerated within the walls of nationalities,” wrote Palestinian poet Mahmud Darwisch. But what options does poetry offer when nations are at war with each other? What role can it play? Do the writers and readers of poetry stand outside the conflict? These four poets from different continents want to change realities – in every concrete encounter just as in their political and literary work, through their attention to the power of language just as through their practical involvement and commitment. They have witnessed war and political conflict. They are committed fighters for the safeguarding of democracy and human rights. They will be discussing these experiences and the possibilities they see for poetry in these situations.
The event will have English-German interpreting available.


Curated by: Bejan Matur
Project leader: Heide Schürmeier

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Academy of Arts

Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin

Entrance fee:
8/5 EUR

Tickets online

Kombiticket Poetry and Conflict (Diskussion und Lesung): 12/8 EUR

Vorverkauf in der Akademie der Künste: 
Tel 030. 200 57-1000/-2000

Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin-Tiergarten
Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin-Mitte

Täglich 10:00–19:00