What is the poesiefestival berlin?


Normally, every summer Berlin is transformed for seven days into a temple of poetry. Poets and artists from around the world (among others Laurie Anderson, Arnaldo Antunes, Marcel Beyer, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Durs Grünbein, Friederike Mayröcker, Paul Muldoon, Herta Müller, Eileen Myles, Michael Palmer, PeterLicht, Silvio Rodríguez, Gerhard Rühm, Derek Walcott and Saul Williams) come to the poesiefestival berlin, one of Europe’s biggest poetry festivals since 2000. This year, we face the fact that what seemed normal is not possible and the festival for the first time in its 21-years-long history takes place online.

Who is organizing the festival?

The poesiefestival berlin is organized by the Haus für Poesie in cooperation with its partners and supporters.

How does the poesiefestival berlin work online?

It’s worthwhile to attend live! Most of the events première at distinct times and are streamed on the festival page and YouTube as well as facebook parallelly. A few selected events are followed by live chats via ZOOM on facebook. After the première we upload the content into the media library.

You have to register for a few events of the join-in-programme of the Poetic Education and will receive an exclusive participation link.

Other festival content is available time-independently in the media library, for instance the Poetry Talks (interviews to read).

How does the poesiefestival berlin finance itself?

The 21st poesiefestival berlin is a project by the Haus für Poesie. Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund and with the kind support of the Federal Foreign Office, the Government of Canada, the Embassy of Canada to Germany, the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie du Québec, the Québec Government Office in Germany, as well as Federal Agency for Civic Education.
Most of the single events have additional partners and supporters.

Do I have to pay an entry fee?

No, we offer free admission – please donate!

I am an author. How can I participate in the festival?

Usually, our project managers curate the festival events and invite authors.
If you have a project idea get in touch with the programme team of Haus für Poesie mail@haus-fuer-poesie.org.

How can I become a festival partner?

We are open to any kind of collaboration requests.

Whom can I contact if I have further questions?

You can write to presse@haus-fuer-poesie.org. We will forward your request to the right person.