"Nothing’s left. But dead I love you and we/ love one another even though no one can/ understand."

Poet

Raúl Zurita [Chili, 1950]

When Raúl Zurita – who may be Latin America’s most celebrated poet – read at the Poetry International Festival in 2016, there were almost no dry eyes in the room. Zurita leaves a deep impression on his readers and audience, which is why he was invited to this year’s festival too. In his work, Zurita tries to describe almost indescribable suffering – his poems are pervaded by memories of the Pinochet dictatorship (1973–1990). He not only publishes groundbreaking collections of poetry that explore his own suffering and that of his country; he also carves his work into space. A poem sky-written by an airplane over Manhattan; a poem bulldozed into the Atacama Desert – Zurita seeks to prevent us from forgetting the atrocities of the past.

 

Many thanks to the Embassy of the Republic of Chile in the Netherlands for their support.

READING: Saturday 15 June, 20:40 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

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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

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SUNDAY 16 JUNE

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PASSE-PARTOUT

13, 14, 15 AND 16 JUNE

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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

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