The 18th poesiefestival berlin is taking place from 16 to 24 June 2017 with the title ‘Europe_ Fata Morgana’ and is organised by the Haus für Poesie in co-operation with the Academy of Arts.
Reality, ideal or illusion: how do things stand for the European Union? What is happening to European values? The EU’s democratic identity is being shaken by strong centrifugal forces from within, with nation states manoeuvring to insulate themselves and a tide of right-wing populism eating at its very heart. For the many cultures it brings together it is more than just an economic community. Diversity, artistic freedom, freedom of thought and speech and exchange of ideas across national boundaries are what make up the world Europeans live in. People come from all over the world to find a future in peace and democracy. At the 18th poesiefestival berlin: Europe_ Fata Morgana the subject of discussion will be the very idea of Europe. The Haus für Poesie is inviting poets to Berlin from all over the world to use language to open up spaces for thought and explore fields of possibility.