"You have taken the liberty to colonise the concept of God;/ gave God a gender, a skin colour,/ and a name in a language we had to twist our mouths around."

Poet

Koleka Putuma [South Africa, 1993]

Poet, performer and theatre practitioner Koleka Putuma took the South African literary scene by storm with her debut, Collective Amnesia (2017), which became an instant bestseller. Putuma is seen as the groundbreaking new voice in South African poetry. She belongs to a generation that has no memory of apartheid, but that does face the consequences and repercussions on a daily basis. Her work explores themes such as race, homophobia, womxnhood and the impact of power structures on relationships, religion and politics. Her poetry is daring and inventive – not only in terms of the subject matter and language, but also the form of the poems, some of which consist of just one line. As the winner of the inaugural South African National Poetry Slam, Putuma is also a powerful performer of her own work. 

READING: Saturday 15 June, 20:00 hrs - Jurriaanse Zaal

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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