Collection published in Berlin

Adrian Grima was invited to read at the XI edition of the prestigious poesiefestival berlin in June organized by Literaturwerkstatt at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. He read nine of his poems in Maltese which were translated into German from the original by Ray Fabri and Dominik Kalweit and edited by the German poet Sylvia Geist.

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He also took part in a “poetry discussion,” led by German writer Ron Winkler, on “Non-Elysian Fields – The island as a poetic possibility” with Cypriot Armenian poet Nora Nadjarian and writer Ron Winkler. This event was organized with the kind support of the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus.

The poetry reading itself, called Islands of Words, also featured the Cypriot poets George Christodoulides, Nes,e Yas,in and Nora Nadjarian Cyprus, and Carles Rebassa from  Majorca and was introduced by writer Brigitte Oleschinski from Berlin. This event was held with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus, and Institut Ramon Llull and both events were coordinated by Dr. Michaela Prinzinger. The evening also featured an experimental musical composition,  En plo (At Sea), by the Cypriot composer Marios Ioannou Elia.

Like the other poets who were invited to this year’s edition of poesieberlin, Adrian Grima recorded his poems in Maltese for lyrikline.com. These recordings will be available online towards the end of 2010.

A bilingual edition of Adrian Grima’s poems in Maltese and German have been published by hochroth.

Fri. 11 June 5 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Club Room

Entry €5/3

Poetry Discussion: Non-Elysian Fields –

The island as a poetic possibility

Featuring Nora Nadjarian Cyprus and Adrian Grima Malta

Introduced by Ron Winkler writer, Berlin

Nora Nadjarian and Adrian Grima, contemporary poets from Malta and Cyprus, will, in conversation with Ron Winkler, be sounding out the poetic spaces that an island can offer as the yearned-for destination of many travellers – as a place of virginity, but also as the island of buried hopes.

With the kind support of: the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus


Fri. 11 June 8 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg, Kleines Parkett

Entry €6/4

illa –  – gżira – ÓËÛ› – ada: Islands of words

Featuring George Christodoulides Cyprus Adrian Grima Malta Nora Nadjarian Cyprus Carles Rebassa Majorca Nes,e Yas,in Cyprus  Introduced by Brigitte Oleschinski writer, Berlin

Five poets will open up a poetic panorama including Catalan, the Semitic language Maltese, Turkish, Greek, Armenian and English. They will be locating their home between mass tourism and the fears of isolation, between the island as a crossing-point between cultures and religions and the island as the friction point of history. The evening will be opened with the work En plo (At Sea) by the Cypriot composer Marios Ioannou Elia.

With the kind support of: Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus, Institut Ramon Llull


11th poesiefestival berlin

For the 11th time, the poesiefestival berlin is bringing poetry from around the world to Berlin and experimenting with new forms and media for poetry. The focus this year is on the Mediterranean region, as the birthplace of many of the world’s cultures, the cradle of great civilisations and flashpoint of bloody conflicts, From Friday 4 to Saturday 12 June 2010, the poesiefestival berlin will be presenting the poetry and art of this region in the Akademie der Künste in Hanseatenweg and, for the first time in Germany, showing in more than fifty events featuring 150 poets and artists from all of the countries bordering on the Mediterranean how the cultures of the region cohere, creating cross-cultural links and revealing their cohesions as well as their fractures.

Even the very earliest myths from the Mediterranean feature journeys, exile and flight. The Odyssey, the voyages of Aeneas after his flight from Troy and the carrying-off of Europa from Phoenicia to Crete are narrations of phenomena that have lost nothing of their urgency and actuality. The first station of the festival, taking place before the official opening, will therefore be dedicated to the reality and the literary fiction of the refugee, placing them in juxtaposition with the ideals of Europe.

Poetry between Alexandria and Beirut is the next passage, bringing the sounds of the al-Bahr, the White Sea, to Berlin. From there, the journey moves to the Maghreb with poets from Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, and a concert by the Berber band Ithran.

Since time immemorial there has been a riotous mingling of languages, cultures and art forms in the turbulent port cities of Istanbul and Marseille. The Festival will be setting course for those ports, but also to the islands of Cyprus, Malta and Majorca. These are bridgeheads and nodal points, places for projecting a yearning for paradise, but at the same time horrifying images of isolation.

The translation workshop reVERSible is this year inviting eight poets from Italy to take part. The idea is to discover hitherto unknown newcomers as well as renewing the acquaintance of old friends. Poetry plays a fundamental part in flamenco; ‘Poesía flamenca’ is bringing this ancient connection to the stage with new interpretations of classical works by well-known Spanish writers as well as settings of poems by contemporary poets.

The poesiefestival berlin passes before the coasts of Greece, showing contemporary poetry of Hellas between Calliope and crisis; sights the Hebrew poetry of Israel, finally making land at the final anchorage of this year’s focus theme and the finale of the festival – back in Italy with the staging of Dunckler Enthusiasmo, a long poem based on translations of poems by Pasolini. The poesiefestival berlin is rounded off with exhibitions showing facets of the Mediterranean in many cultural institutions and embassies in Berlin and in the Akademie der Künste.

Once again, the event opening the 11th poesiefestival berlin is Weltklang – Nacht der Poesie, the reading by stars of the international poetry world that has now become a tradition. This time, the poets featured will include Michael Ondaatje (Canada), Raúl Zurita (Chile) and Yang Lian (China). And once again, Berlin’s own poets will be featured in Poets Corner reading in public places in the districts of the city where they live.

As well as the focus on the Mediterranean, the festival will be presenting the radically explicit new text versions by Sabine Scho and Ulf Stolterfoht of Women’s Lives and Loves, the song cycle by Robert Schumann setting words by Adelbert von Chamisso, together with the première of Jan Müller-Wieland’s new score. For e.poesie, composers of electronic music will be setting works by contemporary poets to music. This year’s Colloquium will be interrogating questions of ways to present poetry in an appropriate way for today. A programme for teachers and students will be taking poetry into schools.

There will be an accompanying feature for the festival on the focus theme on the website http://www.lyrikline.org.

Fri. 4 June 1 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Club Room

Entry: €5/3

Colloquium: Mediterranean and Europe – the other story of literature

Featuring Franzobel, writer, Austria Geert van Istendael writer, Belgium Ulf Stolterfoht writer, Berlin and Elias Bierdel borderline-europe, Germany, and Anat Feinberg lecturer in Hebrew and Jewish literature, Heidelberg Erika Glassen Islamic scholar, Freiburg Dieter Ingenschay Romance scholar, Berlin Regina Keil-Sagawe translator and Romance scholar, Heidelberg Konstantinos Kosmas literary scholar and translator, Berlin Stephan Milich Arabic scholar, Freiburg Introduced by Barbara Wahlster Head of Literature Editorial Team, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Berlin.

In this Colloquium European ideals and values will be discussed taking as the starting point the figure of the refugee and the way she is presented in the poetries of the Mediterranean and treated by governments and civil societies. There will be the first reading of a ‘European Constitution in Verse’, jointly framed by more than fifty European poets.

With the kind assistance of the EU culture programme, the Berlin office of EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture), Passa Porta, Shahrazad, and the Austrian Cultural Forum

Fri 4 Jun 7.30 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Studio Foyer

Entry free

Exhibition opening: Thalassa / Sea

Works by Michalis Papamichael, Erato Kantouna, Andros Efstathiou,

Curated by: Georgea Solomontos

Open daily until 12 June 2010, 2 – 8 pm

These three Cypriot artists give expression in their photographic works to their personal perception of the sea and of water. Their images of ‘Thalassa’, the sea, reveal it as a place of thousand-fold meanings.

An exhibition organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Berlin
in cooperation with the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin

Fri. 4 June 7.30 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Studio Foyer

Entry free

Exhibition opening – The  Life of the Other

Works by Luca Gambi, Curated by: Maurizio Masotti

Open daily until 12 June 2010, 2 – 8 pm

This exhibition featuring photographs by the Italian artist show the life and working conditions of the new generation of immigrants in Italy.

An exhibition organised by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Berlino in cooperation with the

Literaturwerkstatt Berlin

Fri. 4 June 8 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Studio

Entry €8/5, including anthology with German translations

Weltklang – Nacht der Poesie

Featuring Elke Erb Germany Dmitry Golynko Russia Nina Kibuanda Congo (with Maykèz musician, Île de la Réunion Michael Krüger Germany Yang Lian China Michael Ondaatje Canada Anat Pick Israel Cole Swensen USA Raúl Zurita Chile  Introduced by Luzia Braun ZDF aspekte, Germany

Weltklang – poetry from around the whole world, read in its original languages. The German translations are being published in an exclusive anthology specially for this night of poetry. This opening event of the festival invites international poetry stars to take part in a concert of voices, verses and tongues.

With the kind support of: Berlin Artists’ Programme of the DAAD, Embassy of the United States of America, Embassy of the State of Israel, Edition diá, Instituto Cervantes, Brückner-Kühner Foundation, The Mandala Hotel

Sat. 5 June from 11 am in the various city districts

Poets’ Corner

Berlin’s poets reading in public places in their home districts

11am Neukölln Körnerpark, Schierkerstrasse 8. If the weather is bad, in the Galerie im Körnerpark.

Featuring Nico Bleutge, Tom Bresemann, Catherine Hales, Birgit Kreipe, Juliane Liebert, Philip Maroldt, Katharina Schultens, Brigitte Struzyk, Benedikt Wahner, Philipp Weber

2 pm Treptow-Köpenick Wagendorf Lohmühle, Lohmühlenstrasse, junction with Kiefholzstrasse. Same location if the weather is bad.

Featuring Dmitri Dragilew, Oya Erdog˘an, Katrin Heinau, Odile Kennel, Milo Momm, Jinn Pogy, Björn Schäfer, Tom Schulz, Sergej Sturz, Julia Trompeter  Music by: Ibrahim Baba Dango (talking drums, vocals) and Paul Schwingenschlögl (trumpet)

3 pm Marzahn-Hellersdorf Garden of the Flora Arthouse, Florastrasse 113. Same location if the weather is bad.

Featuring Susanne Bernhardt, Walter Goes, Diego Gortaire, Christiane Grosz, Blanche Kommerell, Anton Schwarzbach, Mikael Vogel  Music by: Sebastian Kommerell

4 pm Spandau In front of the Gothic House, Breite Strasse 32. Inside the Gothic House if the weather is bad.

Featuring Philippe Braz, Iwona Mickiewicz, Michael Speier, Mahnaz Talebitari

4 pm Pankow Courtyard of the Sebastian Haffner Cultural and Education Centre, Am Wasserturm, Prenzlauer Allee 227–228. In the exhibition hall if the weather is bad.

Featuring Lars-Arvid Brischke, Ernesto Castillo, Ulrike Draesner, Eberhard Häfner, Norbert Hummelt, Tristan Marquardt, Johann Reißer, Angela Sanmann, Ron Winkler

5 pm Lichtenberg studio im hochhaus, Zingster Strasse 25. Same location if the weather is bad.

Featuring Maroula Blades, Synke Köhler, Helene Könau, Alistair Noon, Uwe Warnke, Music by: Lothar Fiedler

Free entry to all events

WIth the kind suport of: Kulturamt Neukölln, Kunst- und Kulturamt Lichtenberg, Kulturamt Treptow-Köpenick, Fachbereich Kultur Marzahn-Hellersdorf, Kunsthaus Flora, Kunstamt Spandau, Amt für Kultur und Bildung Pankow

Sat. 5 June 5 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Clubraum

Entry €5/3

Poetry Discussion: Written by Hand.
Michael Ondaatje in conversation with Michael Krüger

Featuring Michael Ondaatje writer Canada Michael Krüger writer and publisher, Germany

Michael Ondaatje in conversation with Michael Krüger, his German publisher over many years, about poetry, novels and his passion for film.

With the kind support of: The Mandala Hotel

Sat. 5 June 6.30 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Club Room

Entry €5/3

Poetry Discussion: Change of Scene –

from al-Iskandariya to Beirut

Featuring Abbas Beydoun Lebanon Alaa Khaled Egypt  Introduced by Michael Kleeberg writer, Berlin

As hubs between north and south, east and west, the port cities of Alexandria and Beirut have always stood for cosmopolitanism and cultural diversity, but also, inevitably, for tensions. Abbas Beydoun and Alaa Khaled talk about these two places and their symbolism.

With the kind support of: the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Heinrich-Böll-Haus Langenbroich e.V., Heinrich Böll Foundation

Sat. 5 June 8 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Kleines Parkett

Entry €8/5

Al-Bahr – the White Sea of sound

Featuring Abbas Beydoun Lebanon Alaa Khaled Egypt Zakaria Mohammed Palestine Monzer Masri Syria  Introduced by Leila Chammaa translator, Berlin German translations read by Sylvia Geist poet, Hanover  Music by ar-Rumi Ensemble

For these four poets from the eastern shores of the Mediterranean, poetry is a place of freedom and creation – a place in which they can unfold, untrammelled by day-to-day restrictions, social coercion and political conditions.  Accompanied by the ar-Rumi Ensemble, they will be taking us with them into their Utopia: their sea made of words, images and sounds.

With the kind support of: the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Heinrich-Böll-Haus Langenbroich e.V., Heinrich Böll Foundation

Sat. 5 June 10 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Halle 3

Entry €8/5

Inger Christensen: Alphabet

Featuring Irene Mattioli production Christiane Hommelsheim  performance / production Diana Kitzinski room production

The well-known poem by the Danish poet will be brought on to the stage in a new production. The performance will fuse language and song moving them in an acoustic background against which new sounds will emerge to create a kind of cyclical feeling in which room and sound and poetry combine.

In cooperation with: operare 09 of the Contemporary Opera Berlin as part of ohrenstrand.net. ohrenstrand.net is supported by the Netzwerk Neue Musik and the Cultural Department of the Land of Berlin.

Sun. 6 June 11 am – 4 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Club Room

Entry €5/3

Colloquium: New Media for Poetry

Poetry’s audience today

Featuring Marco Beckendorf hochroth Verlag, Berlin Nora Gomringer writer and director of the international artists’ house Villa Concordia, Bamberg Jörg Hecker heckerconsult / lyrikline.org, Berlin Andreas Heidtmann poetenladen.de, Leipzig / Berlin Bas Kwakman director Poetry International Rotterdam Dieter Mersch media scholar and philosopher, Potsdam Armin Schäfer literary scholar, Berlin Anja Utler writer, Regensburg  introduced by Stephan Porombka literary scholar, Berlin / Hildesheim

Books of poetry are rarely bestsellers. Many large publishers are retreating from this minority-interest business altogether. Poetry, so it seems, must find new ways to reach its audience. Where will poems appear in future, and what will they look like? An interdisciplinary discussion about new media for poetry.

With the kind support of the Foundation for Prussian Sea Trade

Sun. 6 June 5 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Club Room

Entry €5/3

Poetry Discussion: Ghosts, Gardens and Avant-Garde.

Cole Swensen and the serial poem

Featuring Cole Swensen writer, USA Uljana Wolf writer, Germany

Uljana Wolf, poet and translator of Cole Swensen, will be talking to her about her ‘serial poems’ and the state of experimental American poetry.

With the kind support of the Embassy of the United States of America

Sun. 6 June 6.30 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Club Room

Entry €5/3

Poetry Discussion:
The Worlds of Mohammed Bennis

Featuring Mohammed Bennis Morocco  Introduced by Michael Roes writer, Germany

Mohammed Bennis, one of the most significant voices of the Maghrebian culture, will be providing insights into his work and the poetry worlds of North Africa.

With the kind support of: the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Sun. 6 June 8 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Kleines Parkett

Entry €6/4

Bilingual Love: Poetry from the Maghreb

Featuring Mohammed Bennis Morocco Siham Bouhlal Morocco Bouzid Herzallah Algeria Salem Okaly Libya Youssef Rzouga Tunisia Habib Tengour Algeria  Introduced by Michael Roes writer, Berlin

The Maghreb, Arabic for ‘West’, is the cultural link between the Arabic and European worlds, where Jewish, Christian and Islamic influences meet and Africa and Europe merge. poets from the four countries comprising the Maghreb will be presenting the poetic dimensions and range of the multi-lingual North-West of Africa.

With the kind support of: the Embassy of the Republic of France, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Heinrich-Böll-Haus Langenbroich e.V., Heinrich Böll Foundation

Sun. 6 June 10 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Hall 3

Entry €8/5

Concert: Ithran

Featuring Ithran Morocco/Belgium

Ithran is one of the best-known Berber bands and revolutionised North African music by combining Oriental and Western influences. Their lyrics are provided by collaboration with Berber poets such as Said Moussaoui and Ahmed Alkadiri.

With the kind support of: the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Mon. 7 June 9.30 am – 4 pm

LesArt – Berlin Centre for Children’s and Young Adults’ Literature, Weinmeisterstr. 5. 10178 Berlin

Workshop for teachers: All the Words on Earth …

LesArt is offering a seminar on approaches to poetry for the first school. Teachers who will be teaching German to 4th Grade classes in 2010-11 are invited to take part. The seminar is the beginning of a year-long poetry project in the 2010-11 school year, the results of which will then be presented in public at the 2011 poesiefestival berlin.

Participation fee €25

Information and registration with LesArt on: Tel 030 2829747

In cooperation with LesArt – Berlin Centre for Children’s and Young Adults’ Literature

Mon. 7 June 5 pm

Greek Culture Foundation, Wittenbergplatz 3 A, 10789 Berlin

Free entry

Opening of double exhibition:

Jorgos Seferis and All-In-One

The exhibitions can be viewed until 18 June 2010 from 10 am to 4 pm daily.

The Jorgos Seferis exhibition will be showing photographs from the life of this Greek Nobel Prize winner.

All-In-One, featuring works by Susanna Kraus and Michalis Papamichael, interrogates various dualistic boundary issues: Time, light and shade, being together, being alone (all-one), presence and absence.

An exhibition organised by the Greek Culture Foundation, Berlin branch, the Hellenic Republic – Ministry for Culture and Tourism and the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in cooperation with the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin

At 6.15 pm we offer you, with the kind support of Toyota Germany GmbH, a shuttle service to the Akademie der Künste in the new Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle.

Mon. 7 June 6.30 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Club Room

Entry €5/3

Poetry Discussion: As long as the memory
I will return

Featuring Titos Patrikios writer, Athens  Introduced by Maike Albath literary critic, Berlin

He was active in the resistance to the German occupation, held as a political prisoner in Greece and lived for many years in exile – and is a poet. In conversation with Maike Albath, Patrikios will be talking about his life and work.

With the kind support of the Greek Culture Foundation, Berlin branch, the Hellenic Republic – Ministry for Culture and Tourism

Mon. 7 June 8 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Hall 3

Entry €6/4

Between Calliope and crisis

Reading featuring Jazra Khaleed, Dimitra Kotoula, Titos Patrikios and Yannis Stiggas  Introduced by Giorgos Lillis writer, Bielefeld

For several years now, a new young generation of poets have been raising their voices in Greece, combining the rich, lyrical tradition of the country with the urgent topics of the present. The subjects engaged with by this generation extend from the possibilites for perceiving the world through language to descriptions of everyday life in Athens streets.

With the kind support of the Greek Culture Foundation, Berlin branch, the Hellenic Republic – Ministry for Culture and Tourism

Mo 7. June 10 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Kleines Parkett

Entry €8/5

e.poesie. sound & language II

Featuring Nora Iuga writer, Romania István Kemény writer, Hungary Rainer Kohlberger video artist, Germany David Moss  composer / performer USA Theo Nabicht contrabass clarinettist, Germany Frédéric Pattar composer, France Monika Rinck writer, Germany Marcelo Toledo composer, Argentina Mario Verandi composer, Argentina and the Neue Musik Berlin chamber ensemble

This is the third time the e-poesie series will be experimenting with the transformation of the sounds of poetry into new acoustic spaces. Works by guests of the Berlin Artists’ Programme of the DAAD in the Literature and Music categories will be presented, and will explore the transitions of language into sound and sound into language in quite different ways. This will also include Mario Verandi’s audio-visual poetry performance Constellations, which has been commissioned by the poesiefestival berlin itself.

A co-production with the Berlin Artists’ Programme of the DAAD.

With the kind support of ohrenstrand.net (supported by the Netzwerk Neue Musik and the Cultural Department of the Land of Berlin)

Tues. 8 June 5 pm

Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, Niederwallstr. 39, 10117 Berlin

Opening: Entry by invitation only

Exhibition opening: Rencontres

Works by Aziza Alaoui

open from 9 June to 2 July 2010, Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm

Free entry

The path of German-Moroccan artist Aziza Alaoui has taken her from her birthplace, Casablanca, via France, Spain, Italy and Germany to Mexico, where she has lived since 1992. In her landscape paintings, Alaoui gives expression to her experience of nature. Her installation Rencontres, comprising two mobiles, deals with the coming-together of man and woman on the level of dream.

An exhibition organised by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in cooperation with the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin

At 6.15 pm we offer you, with the kind support of Toyota Germany GmbH, a shuttle service to the Akademie der Künste in the new Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle.

Tues. 8 June 6.30 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Club Room

Entry €5/3

Poetry Discussion: The Mistral in poetry –

Marseille and poetry

Featuring Arno Calleja Marseille Florence Pazzottu Marseille Introduced by Odile Kennel writer and translator, Berlin

Marseille is a place of diverse poetic discussion and production, where new forms for presenting poetry are emerging. Poets from Marseille talk about the creative maelstrom surrounding them.

With the kind support of: Institut français de Berlin

Tues. 8 June, 8 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Kleines Parkett

Entry €8/5

VERSScmuggel/reVERSible 1

Nanni Balestrini  Italy / Bert Papenfuß Germany

Marco Giovenale Italy / Ann Cotten Germany

Sara Ventroni Italy / Bas Böttcher Germany

Elisa Biagini Italy / Dieter M. Gräf Germany

Introduced by Aurélie Maurin Literaturwerkstatt Berlin

and Thomas Wohlfahrt Literaturwerkstatt Berlin

A ‘poetic cloak-and-dagger operation’: sixteen poets from Germany and Italy smuggle their poems to-and-fro across the borders of languages. With the aid of word-for-word gloss translations they grapple with each other syllable-for-syllable, and helped by interpreters they harmonise with each other sound-by-sound. The results of this poetic dialogue will be presented on two evenings, offering a selection of the most significant voices in contemporary Italian and German verse.

With the kind support of: Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Berlino, 17 Hippies

Tues. 8 June 10 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Studio Foyer

Entry €8/5

Poesía flamenca

Concert and reading featuring Ginesa Ortega vocals Marta Robles guitar / Biel Mesquida writer, Castelló de la Plana Curro Piñana vocals Francisco Tornero guitar / María Eloy-García writer, Málaga  Introduced by Ginka Steinwachs writer, Berlin

Flamenco and poetry: passion and depth from Andalucia and Catalonia. Two cantaores and two poets will be tracing this original connection between poetry and the sound of the guitar and bringing to the stage not only their own work but also that of such greats as Miguel Hernández, Joan Brossa and Jorge Luis Borges.

With the kind support of: the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain, Institut Ramon Llull, Instituto Cervantes, Pro Spanien

Weds. 9 June 5 pm

Institut français de Berlin, Kurfürstendamm 211, 10719 Berlin

Free entry

Exhibition opening – Marseille in verse – Marianne Cresson

Open until 31 July 2010, Mondays 10 am – 6 pm, Tuesday to Friday 10 am – 7 pm, Saturdays 11 am – 3 pm

Envers singuliers: works by Marianne Cresson

The artist will be showing large-scale sculptures made from recycled found materials such as upholstery fabric, hair curlers, buttons, feathers and shells. The works are a homage to ‘My Marseille – a Space to Live In’ and the diversity of its day-to-day existence and its poetry.

For the opening, the group ‘Mokhtar’ will be playing music from Algeria.

An exhibition organised by the Institut français de Berlin in cooperation with the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin

At 6.15 pm we offer you, with the kind support of Toyota Germany GmbH, a shuttle service to the Akademie der Künste in the new Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle.

Weds. 9 June 6.30 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Club Room

Entry €5/3

Poetry Discussion: Biografia sommaria.

Poetry and Childhood

Featuring Lutz Seiler writer, Germany and Milo De Angelis writer, Italy  Introduced by Theresia Prammer literary scholar and translator, Berlin

“If you distance yourself from your childhood, you distance yourself from poetry.” For Milo de Angelis and Lutz Seiler the subject of adolescence is one of the central motivations in poetic searching. This poetry discussion will be bringing these two writers together to talk about their rediscovered childhoods.

With the kind support of: Istituto Italiano di Cultura die Berlino, 17 Hippies

Weds. 9 June 8 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Kleines Parkett

Entry €8/5

VERSschmuggel/reVERSible 2

Featuring Milo de Angelis Italy / Lutz Seiler Germany

Stefano dal Bianco Italy / Hendrik Jackson Germany

Lello Voce Italy / Sepp Mall Italy

Antonella Anedda Italy / Orsolya Kalász Germany

Introduced by Aurélie Maurin Literaturwerkstatt Berlin

and Thomas Wohlfahrt Literaturwerkstatt Berlin

With the kind support of: Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Berlino, 17 Hippies

Weds. 9 June 10 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Hall 3

Entry €6/4

The Sound of Marseille

Reading featuring Arno Calleja, Florence Pazzottu and Pierre Guéry  Introduced by Jan Wagner writer, Berlin

Marseille is a teeming, noisy city in which many different language collide. Three quite different writers shed light on it, each in their own way. Pierre Guéry’s poem ‘Alien Nation’ builds a bridge between Marseille and Algeria; Florence Pazzottu will be reading poems dedicated to the vanished ‘Le Panier’ quarter of the city; and Arno Calleja will be presenting his texts, which combine rhythm and linguistic reflection in a quite idiosyncratic way.

With the kind support of: Institut français de Berlin

Weds. 9 June 10 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Kleines Parkett

Entry €5/3

ZEBRA Poetry Film

Introduced by Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel, media scholar, Berlin

This selection of poetry films from the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival will carry us off into a maritime world and give us preview of this year’s Poetry Film Festival, which will be taking place from 14 –17 October 2010.

Thurs. 10 June 5 pm

Instituto Cervantes, Rosenstrasse 18–19, 10178 Berlin

Free entry

Exhibition opening: Escrituras en libertad

Works by writers including Ramón Gómez de la Serna, Vicente Huidobro, Joan Brossa, Juan Eduardo Cirlot, Carles Santos and Fátima Miranda

Open until 24 June 2010, Mon. to Fri. 12 – 7 pm

This exhibition will be showing for the first time a comprehensive picture of the experimental poetry created in Spain and Latin America in the 20th Century.

An exhibition organised by the Instituto Cervantes Berlin in cooperation with the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin

At 6.15 pm we offer you, with the kind support of Toyota Germany GmbH, a shuttle service to the Akademie der Künste in the new Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle.

Thurs. 10 June 6.30 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Club Room

Entry €5/3

Poetry Discussion: Writing in Israel

Featuring Shimon Adaf Israel and Amir Or Israel  Introduced by Katharina Hacker writer, Berlin

Hebrew, the language of the Bible, enjoyed a renaissance as a modern language at the end of the 19th Century. Two poets from Israel will be talking about the ways in which contemporary poetry uses this language and about writing and publishing in an extremely heterogeneous poetic landscape.

With the kind support of: Embassy of the State of Israel, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Thurs. 10 June 8 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Kleines Parkett

Entry €8/5

Schumann’s love. A cycle of poets and songs

Featuring Sabine Scho reading Ulf Stolterfoht reading Caroline Melzer soprano Vanessa Barkowski mezzosoprano Axel Bauni piano

In his song cycle ‘A Woman’s Life and Love’, settings of poems by Adelbert von Chamisso, Robert Schumann composed a song of songs of married love that brims over in its secret heart with ardour, a sense of transitoriness and fear of loss. To mark the 200th anniversary of Schumann’s birth, poets Sabine Scho and Ulf Stolterfoht have embarked on two radically new text versions of Chamisso’s originals, to create the exciting Courtship for a romantic passion. This will be accompanied by the première of Jan Müller-Wieland’s Liebesszene. Casa Verda, which sets a song from the opus that has not yet been set to music.

A co-production with the Schumann Festival, Düsseldorf

Thurs. 10 June 10 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Halle 3

Entry €8/5

Poetic Zone Israel

Reading and concert featuring Shimon Adaf, Chedwa Harechawi, Amir Or and Anat Pick concert Rona Kenan and Eran Weits  Introduced by Katharina Hacker writer, Berlin

Israel has an innovative and lively Hebrew-language literary scene. From Anat Pick’s sound poetry to outstanding poets from three generations to Rona Kenan’s songwriting, we will be introducing some of the most interesting poetic positions to be found in the country.

With the kind support of: the Embassy of the State of Israel,  the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Brückner-Kühner Foundation

Fri. 11 June 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, Knaackstr. 97 (Kulturbrauerei), 10435 Berlin

Participation fee: €30

Registration required: kalaitzis@literaturwerkstatt.org

Workshop for teachers:

Poetry films forthe teaching of German

Featuring Arne Rautenberg poet, Kiel Lars Büchel film maker, Hamburg Claudia Maaß educationalist, teacher, Berlin

Using the DVD Poetry Films, jointly produced by the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin and the Duden Schulbuchverlag, some new teaching concepts will be presented for the use of poetry films in school teaching. Participants working in groups will have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with these teaching units in practice, enabling them to identify how the content and didactics of poetry films can be applied to German as a school subject and to be able to put them into practice in class confidently and effectively.

In cooperation with Duden Schulbuchverlag

Fri. 11 June 5 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Club Room

Entry €5/3

Poetry Discussion: Non-Elysian Fields –

The island as a poetic possibility

Featuring Nora Nadjarian Cyprus and Adrian Grima Malta

Introduced by Ron Winkler writer, Berlin

Nora Nadjarian and Adrian Grima, contemporary poets from Malta and Cyprus, will, in conversation with Ron Winkler, be sounding out the poetic spaces that an island can offer as the yearned-for destination of many travellers – as a place of virginity, but also as the island of buried hopes.

With the kind support of: the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus

Fri. 11 June 6.30 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Club Room

Entry 5/3 Euro

Poetry Discussion: Poetry on the Bosphorus

Featuring Küçük I˙skender Istanbul Gonca Özmen Istanbul Introduced by Nico Bleutge writer, Berlin

In Istanbul, modern life comes face-to-face with traditional belief systems. Where they meet is where we find I˙skender and Özmen: two poets who, in their different ways, are filling the ancient art of poetry with new subjects and forms. They will be talking about their city, its poetry scene and life there in conversation with Nico Bleutge.

Fri. 11 June 8 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg, Kleines Parkett

Entry €6/4

illa –  – gżira – ÓËÛ› – ada: Islands of words

Featuring George Christodoulides Cyprus Adrian Grima Malta Nora Nadjarian Cyprus Carles Rebassa Majorca Nes,e Yas,in Cyprus  Introduced by Brigitte Oleschinski writer, Berlin

Five poets will open up a poetic panorama including Catalan, the Semitic language Maltese, Turkish, Greek, Armenian and English. They will be locating their home between mass tourism and the fears of isolation, between the island as a crossing-point between cultures and religions and the island as the friction point of history. The evening will be opened with the work En plo (At Sea) by the Cypriot composer Marios Ioannou Elia.

With the kind support of: Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus, Institut Ramon Llull

Fri. 11 June 10 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Hall 3

Entry €6/4

Portrait of Istanbul

Featuring Metin Celâl, Küçük I˙skender, Gonca Özmen Musik: Emrah Gökmen and Band Introduced by Zehra Çirak writer, Berlin

Istanbul is the cultural heart of Turkey. It is a pulsating city in which many poets live. Küçük I˙skender is probably one of the first Turkish poets to deal openly in his poems with homosexuality and suicide. Metin Celâl is one of the main proponents of the generation of poets that has had a major influence on Turkish poetry since the 1980s. Gonca Özmen’s love poems are free of any hint of kitsch. She published her first collection at 18, and has since then received many awards and prizes. To complete the programme, the poetry film Gehsteige (Pavements) will be shown (directed by Aljoscha Hofmann) and Emrah Gökmen will sing Kurdish and Turkish songs.

Sat. 12 June 6.30 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Club Room

Entry €5/3

Poetry Discussion: The prophet Pasolini?

Featuring Durs Grünbein writer, Berlin Christian Filips translator, Berlin Leopold von Verschuer director, Berlin

In his last poems, Pier Paolo Pasolini warned of a mighty recession, criticised the ideology of progress and issued a battle-cry for living protest by means of poetry against a uniform global market. What is the relationship between poetry and prophecy? And what can Pasolini’s mene tekel pronouncements still say to us today?

Sat. 12 June 8 pm

Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Studio

Entry €14/8

Long Poem: Dunckler Enthusiasmo

By Pier Paolo Pasolini translation and text / sound material: Christian Filips Featuring Eva Brunner, Linda Olsansky, Leopold von Verschuer and the Sing-Akademie zu Berlin Directed by Leopold von Verschuer composer Bo Wiget choirmaster Christian Lindhorst

In his early work written in the Friulian dialect, the young Pasolini evoked an anti-bourgeois utopia, the image of simple life, a “better youth”. Shortly before his death, he took up his early poems again, adding variations and commentaries. The constructed idyll became linked to an eloquent indictment of mass society and its consumerism.

In Leopold von Verschuer’s production, three speakers bring the two versions into a confrontation with each other, examine dialect forms and break out into a Mystery Play, thereby following the approach taken in the audacious new German translation by poet Christian Filips incorporating Middle High German and the German of Martin Luther.

With the kind support of Urs Engeler, Editor, translated into German by Christian Filips (Pier Paolo Pasolini, Dunckler Enthusiasmo, Friulanische Gedichte. Urs Engeler, 2009)

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