The Druskininkai Poetic Fall is an annual literary festival that has been running since 1990 in the picturesque Lithuanian resort town of Druskininkai. A favourite location for many artists, the landscape of the area in autumn was the inspiration for this unique event that this year will be held across various venues in Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius.
The festival welcomes almost 150 poets, publishers, critics and literary professionals from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, Poland and as far afield as the USA and Israel. The theme of this year’s festival is Local and Global Contexts which explores the current context of poetry on the world stage and how 21st century poets are converging the traditions of the craft with modern day elements and themes.
This year, Druskininkai Poetic Fall is included in the 2015 – 2017 Versopolis programme. Versopolis is an international poetry platform that, in conjunction with 11 festivals, promotes authors and poets in countries other than their own through readings and exhibitions. The aim of Versopolis is to showcase the diversity of modern European poets, to boost their profile and celebrate the international character of European poetry.
A number of Versopolis poets will give readings from 2pm on Saturday 8th October at Café Širdelė, Bubilas Hall. Authors include Veronika Dintinjana (Slovenia), Athena Farrokhzad (Sweden), Tiziano Fratus (Italy), Aurelia Lassaque (France), Julia Szychowiak (Poland). You can find more information about this on the Versopolis website.
Druskininkai Poetic Fall will be held from Wednesday 5th October to Monday 10th of October at various venues in Vilnius, Lithuania. The festival is organized by the Druskininkai Poetic Fall organisation, and co-organisers - Lithuanian P.E.N. and Centre "Dainava".
The programme is available here online.
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