In Autumn, Brussels will be again filled with European poetry. Estonian poet Maarja Kangro will take part in the Transpoesie poetry festival 2017.
Transpoesie has, since 2011, celebrated the unique diversity of European languages. Beloved poets from various European countries present their creations in their original languages, with translations into French, English, and Dutch. Besides the poetry evenings, the poems will also appear in the public space, be featured on public transport, and enrich the daily routines of Brussels commuters.
Maarja Kangro will represent Estonia. The unexpectedness of her interesting, intellectual and invigorating poetry will make the reader either smile or flinch. Kangro always expects her poetry to sound pleasant, since of the verbal arts, its acoustics and physical form is the closest to music.
An exciting new addition to the festival is the Poesiomat, a poetry jukebox that will be installed in Brussels city centre. The sculpture resembles traditional public address devices, such as speaking trumpets, megaphones or record players. The Poesiomat is designed to be a machine with a simple control system that allows users to select the poems they wish to hear, filling Brussels with the sound of European languages.
Exciting and fun events connected with Transpoesie:
26 September: Opening of the Poesiomat installation in Brussels city centre on the occasion of the European Day of Languages; admission is free
9 November at 20:00: Poetry evening at the Balassi Institute, Brussels; admission is free
Organised by EUNIC Brussels (the network of European Union National Institutes for Culture based in Brussels).
Tickets for the poetry event with Maarja Kangro are available from Bozar.
Bozar, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels, Belgium