"j'ai décidé d’être insolent et désagréable"

Poet

Fiston Mwanza Mujila [Congo / Austria, 1981]

Fiston Mwanza Mujila grew up in Lubumbashi in the Congo, but left his war-torn home country in 2007 so that he could write without censorship in Austria. The Congo continues to play a major role in his work, however – the chaos, the violence, life in a dictatorship and the confusion, fear and uncertainty that brings with it feature prominently in his poems. In both his poetry and in his prose, he works like a jazz musician, with repetition, layering and associative use of words, resulting in a polyphonic text rich with meaning. This musicality also characterises his phenomenal performances. Mwanza had his international breakthrough in 2016 with his debut novel Tram 83, which was nominated for the Man Booker Prize.

READING: Sunday 16 June, 18:20 hrs - Jurriaanse Zaal

Buy Tickets

Pick your favorite festival day – or days – or purchase a passe-partout so you can visit the entire festival. 

OPENING NIGHT

THURSDAY 13 JUNE

Join the golden anniversary’s kick off celebrations!

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FRIDAY 14 JUNE

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

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SATURDAY 15 JUNE

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

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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)

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