Poetry turns 50!

This year, the Poetry International Festival Rotterdam turns 50! The milestone makes it the oldest festival in the city, and one of the oldest in the country, with a wealth of history and highlights. Nobel Prize-winning poets once stood on Poetry’s stages as bright young talents, and the festival is both a shining example for, and founding parent of, poetry festivals worldwide. Poetry International celebrates its golden anniversary with an extra festive edition at De Doelen, which also hosted the debut festival back in 1970. 

Trailblazing poets will deliver transformative work thrumming with the now. Unique fusions of poetry by engaging artists from the worlds of music, cinema, and dance amplify the power, the beauty, and the personal impact of poetry, here in the form of an intimate reading or workshop, there as a multidisciplinary theatrical poetry spectacle. Right in the heart of the city, inviting, challenging, unmissable.

What Happened to the Future?

Since 1970, poetry luminaries from all over the world travel to Rotterdam for the annual Poetry International Festival. Thousands of poets have shared their work on the stages of De Doelen and the schouwburg, but also in the city’s squares, parks, and trams. A landmark anniversary like this is an invitation to look back and celebrate the past, but at the same time, Poetry International will be looking ahead. Under the title What Happened to the Future?, the 50th Poetry International Festival unites its rich history with the world’s poems and poets of today and tomorrow.

Buy Tickets

Pick your favorite festival day (or days!) or purchase a passe-partout so you won’t have to miss a thing. Buy your early bird tickets before 1 May for a 25% discount. 

OPENING NIGHT

THURSDAY 13 JUNE

Join the golden anniversary’s kick-off celebrations!

DAY TICKET

FRIDAY 14 JUNE

Access to all readings and events on Friday 14 June (with the exception of workshops)

DAY TICKET

SATURDAY 15 JUNE

Access to all readings and events on Friday 14 June (with the exception of workshops)

DAY TICKET

SUNDAY 16 JUNE

Access to all readings and events on Friday 14 June (with the exception of workshops)

PASSE-PARTOUT

13, 14, 15 AND 16 JUNE

Access to all festival events (with the exception of workshops)

Festival poets

Audience favorites from the festival’s past will share the stage with the talents of today and tomorrow. Diverse poets from all over the world will come to Rotterdam for the 50th Poetry International Festival. 

Incredible musicians and performances

Together with extraordinary poets and poetry this golden Poetry International Festival presents unexpected acts in the field of music and dance. The eighteen times Grammy-nominated Metropole Orkest will set the festival in motion with a loud kettledrum stroke and will engage in unique duets with some of the performing poets as well as with The Last Poets, the godfathers of hiphop and spoken word, during the 'What Happened to the Future?' opening event. 

The Last Poets [VS]

13 June, opening show

The Last Poets [USA]

As pioneers of the spoken-word genre and precursors of American hiphop, the Last Poets have been a major influence and source of inspiration for writers, rappers and musicians for half a century. The group was formed in 1968, arising out of the civil-rights movement, and released their first album in 1970. Since then, the Last Poets – in changing constellations of band members – have continued to produce music and poetry that is always topical and politically provocative. Last year, twenty years after their last album, they – founding members Abiodun Oyewole and Umar Bin Hassan and drummer Baba Donn Babatunde – released Understand What Black Is, a strongly reggae-influenced record that ties into the Black Lives Matter movement. Of course these spoken-word giants had to feature on the Poetry International programme on the occasion of the festival’s 50-year anniversary.

Metropole Orkest [Nederland]

13 June, opening show

Metropole Orkest [the Netherlands]

The winner of three Grammys, the Metropole Orkest (MO) has expanded the meaning of the word “orchestra” – if the term makes you think “classical music”, you’re on the wrong track as far as the Metropole Orkest is concerned. What they do play: pop, soul, funk, cabaret, musicals, movie scores and world music, from the present day and further back. Over the past 74 years, the MO has collaborated with a host of big names from the music world, including Ella Fitzgerald, Brian Eno, Gregory Porter, Bono and Snarky Puppy. Headed up by young British chief conductor Jules Buckley, the MO is the last complete hybrid orchestra in the world.

Program

De Doelen - Grote Zaal

What Happened To The Future? - Opening 50th Poetry International Festival > See all 24 festival poets, the Metropole Orkest and The Last Poets
20:00 - 21:30
After Party featuring The Last Poets
21:30 - 00:00

Huiskamer / Living

Vertaalworkshop Engels - Patricia Lockwood en Evi Hoste
11:00 - 13:00
The Last Poets - Workshop: 'Speaking Your Truth'
14:00 - 16:00

Entree Jurriaanse zaal

Poetry on the Block - Poetic walking tour (UrbanGuides)
13:30 - 16:00

Jurriaanse zaal

Louder than a Bomb - Scholieren Slamfinale
11:00 - 12:15 (in Dutch)
In poëzie en oorlog - 50 jaar Poetry International. Boekpresentatie Bas Kwakman, gesprek Ernest van der Kwast.
16:30 - 17:30 (in Dutch)
Antjie Krog (South-Africa) - Reading
18:00 - 18:20
Ulrike Almut Sandig (Germany) - Reading
18:20 - 18:40
Lieke Marsman (Netherlands) - Reading
18:40 - 19:00
Mario Batkovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina / Switzerland) - concert
19:00 - 19:20
Sayaka Osaki (Japan) - Reading
19:30 - 19:50
Galina Rymboe (Russia) - Reading
19:50 - 20:10
Jules Deelder (Netherlands) - Reading
20:10 - 20:30
De Likt (Rotterdam) - Concert
20:30 - 20:50

Jurriaanse podium

Anna Enquist - De mooiste gedichten van de wereld
18:15-18:30 (in Dutch)
Erik Jan Harmens - De mooiste gedichten van de wereld
18:30 - 18:45 (in Dutch)
Ellen Deckwitz - De mooiste gedichten van de wereld
18:45 - 19:00 (in Dutch)
Antoine de Kom - De mooiste gedichten van de wereld
19:00 - 19:15 (in Dutch)
The Legacy of The Last Poets
19:30 - 20:15
K. Michel - De mooiste gedichten van de wereld
20:30 - 20:45 (in Dutch)
Dichters van Suriname - Presentatie Awater
20:45 - 21:15 (in Dutch)

Studio

Poetry Night
22:30 - 02:00

Harmoniezaal / Studio

Vertaalworkshop Arabisch - Mona Kareem en Nisrine Mbarki
10:30 - 12:30
Vertaalworkshop Spaans - Frank Báez en Luc de Rooy
13:00 - 15:00

Huiskamer

Ingmar Heytze - Workshop poëzie schrijven
10:30 -12:30
Derek Otte - Workshop Poetry Performance
13:00 - 15:00
The Night Shift - Writer's Guide Festival edition
20:00 - 23:00

Entree Jurriaanse zaal

Poetry on the Block - Poetic walking tour (UrbanGuides)
13:30 - 16:00

Jurriaanse zaal

Tom Lanoye (Belgium) - Reading
16:00 - 16:20
Lea Schneider (Germany) - Reading
16:20 - 16:40
Frank Báez (Dominican Republic) - Reading
16:40 - 17:00
Eduardo Guerrero & Antonio Lizana (Spain) - Flamenco / Performance
17:00 - 17:20
Rita Dove (United States) - Reading
18:30 - 18:50
Mona Kareem (Kuwait / United States) - Reading
18:50 - 19:10
Kayo Chingonyi (Zambia / United Kingdom) - Reading
19:10 - 19:30
Charlotte Adigéry (Belgium) - Concert
19:30 - 19:50
Koleka Putuma (South-Africa) - Reading
20:00 - 20:20
Zheng Xiaoqiong (Peoples Republic of China) - Reading
20:20 - 20:40

Jurriaanse podium

Open Mic
15:00 - 16:00
Frank Keizer - De mooiste gedichten van de wereld
17:15 – 17:30 (In Dutch)
Don Share - Essay
17:30 – 18:00
Ingmar Heytze - De mooiste gedichten van de wereld
18:30 – 18:45 (In Dutch)
The Future is Artificial
19:00 – 19:45
Simone Atangana Bekono - De mooiste gedichten van de wereld
20:00 – 20:15 (In Dutch)
The Future is Female
20:30 - 21:15

Harmoniezaal / Studio

Vertaalworkshop Frans - James Noël en Vicky Francken
10:30 - 12:30
Workshoptour Schrijfzone
12:00 - 13:00
Vertaalworkshop Duits - Ulrike Almut Sandig en Ton Naaijkens
13:00 - 15:00

Entree Jurriaanse zaal

Poetry on the Block - Workshop tour met Dean Bowen
10:00 - 12:00
Poetry on the Block - Poetic walking tour (UrbanGuides)
13:30 - 16:00

Huiskamer

Workshop DIY Bookbinding - Publication Studios Rotterdam
11:00 - 13:00

Jurriaanse podium

Familieworkshop poëzie lezen - Kila van der Starre
12:00 - 13:00 (in Dutch)
Willem Jan Otten - De mooiste gedichten van de wereld
15:30 – 15:45 (In Dutch)
Maria Barnas - De mooiste gedichten van de wereld
16:00 – 16:15 (In Dutch)
The Future is Polyphonic - Dean Bowen
16:30 - 17:15
Radna Fabias - De mooiste gedichten van de wereld
17:30 - 17:45 (In Dutch)
The Future is Vertaalbaar
18:00 - 18:45

Jurriaanse zaal

Judith Herzberg (Netherlands) - Reading
15:00 - 15:20
Péter Závada (Hungary) - Reading
15:20 - 15:40
James Noël (Haiti) - Reading
15:40 - 16:00
A-WA (Israel) - Concert
16:00 - 16:20
Charles Bernstein (United States) - Reading
16:30 - 16:50
Santiago Vera (Peru) - Reading
16:50 - 17:10
Vahni Capildeo (Trinidad and Tobago / UK) - Reading
17:10 - 17:30
Bruno Ferro Xavier da Silva (Rotterdam) - Concert
17:30 17:50
Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (Netherlands) - Reading
18:00 - 18:20
Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Congo / Austria) - Reading
18:20 - 18:40
Nu te zien!

Nu te zien!

De Grote Poëzieprijs LIVE in Walhalla
Elfie Tromp ontvangt Radna Fabias, Roelof ten Napel en Xavier Roelens. Gastcolumn: Ellen Deckwitz, muziek Bruno Ferro Xavier Da Silva. 
Theater Walhalla Rotterdam
Zondag 28 april, 16:00-18:00 uur 

 

De Grote Poëzieprijs LIVE in DE Studio 
Christophe Vekeman ontvangt Maria Barnas, Joost Decorte en Radna Fabias.
Muziek Anne Bakker. 
DE Studio Antwerpen
Woensdag 8 mei, 20:00-21:30 uur


Klik op de link voor meer programma's op weg naar de uitreiking van De Grote Poëzieprijs 2019, op zondag 16 juni op het 50ste Poetry International Festival.

Location

The 50th Poetry International Festival will kick-off on 13 June in the Main Auditorium of de Doelen. On 14, 15 and 16 June most events will take place in or around the Jurriaanse zaal. De Doelen is situated within walking distance of Rotterdam Central Station

Entrance Main Auditorium – Schouwburgplein 50, Rotterdam
Entrance Jurriaanse zaal – Kruisplein 30, Rotterdam

Sponsors

Nederlands Letterenfonds
Gemeente Rotterdam
Droom en Daad
Lira Fonds
Stichting Dioraphte
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds