Days of Poetry and Wine Festival

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Festival Dnevi poezije in vina
http://www.poezijainvino.org
info@poezijainvino.org
Various venues, SI-2250 Ptuj
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RegionSI-2
Organised byBeletrina Publishing Institute
Frequencyannual
Festival dates26.8.2015 - 29.8.2015
23.8.2016 - 27.8.2016
23.8.2017 - 26.8.2017
Aleš Šteger, Festival Head
ales.steger@zalozba.org
Beletrina, Borštnikov trg 2, [[{{{town}}}]]
Phone386 (0) 1 200 3705
Fax386 (0) 1 252 2618
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Past Events
  • 30 October to 6 November 2013
    Part two of the Japanese-Slovenian translation workshop (part one was organised during Days of Poetry and Wine Festival 2012) including literary readings by Gašper Bivšek, Milan Dekleva, Katja Perat, and Aleš Šteger, organised by Študentska založba Publishing House, at Kobe University, Meiji University, Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan
    programme



The Days of Poetry and Wine Festival is a festival that hosts the younger generation of poets from all over the world. Up to 2009 it took place in Medana (a village in Goriška Brda next to the Italian border) during the last week in August, basically turning the village into the poetry capital of Europe for a week. In 2010 the 14th edition of the festival moves to Ptuj, a historical town of Roman origin in eastern Slovenia, one of regional partner cities of Maribor, European Capital of Culture 2012. Since then the festival takes place in Ptuj. It is run by Beletrina Publishing Institute.

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Background and programme

The festival was initiated in 1995 by the Študentska založba Publishing House, Ljubljana. It has since expanded to offer more than just poetry and wine: it features numerous concerts, a selection of recent Slovene films, contemporary dance performances, street theatre, visual and spatial interventions, a programme for children ... Among its goals are to examine intersections between poetry and other art forms and to provide an opportunity for discussions between authors and local and international publishers on different topics.

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The festival has also seen some notable guests, actually modern poetry classics: Lars Gustafsson from Sweden and Paul Muldoon from Ireland, were followed by Rumen Leonidov from Bulgaria and Durs Grünbein from Germany in 2009. Since 2011 guests of honor were: French poet and mathematician Jacques Roubaud and Rumanian author Nora Iuga along with Slovene modern classic Tomaž Šalamun, Dutch poet and author of books for children Toon Tellegen, Polish poet Andrzej Sosnowski and Slovene poet Milan Jesih, in 2014 Tomas Veclova, a Lithuanian poet, Elke Erb, a translator, literary critic and a wilful poet from Germany joined by Svetlana Makarovič. Študentska založba sometimes took this opportunity to publish collections of their poetry.

Days of Poetry and Wine Festival 2014 Svetlana Makarovic.jpg

In 2014 the festival featured 20 poets from 12 countries selected by Ilya Kaminsky, an American poet of Russian origin, and Lucija Stupica Enbohm. The festival focused on contemporary Swedish poetry and its translation.

Venues

Before the official start of each year's festival that since 2010 takes place at Ptuj, the participating poets take part in an event named Evenings before Days and present their work in other towns all over Slovenia. In 2012 poetry readings were held in Ljubljana, Vrba, Volče, Krško, Ormož and Kortina at Krkavče.

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At Ptuj a genuine contact is established between the locals and their guests, as part of the program called private readings takes place at gardens and homes of the locals. Full board and lodging is provided for all guest poets of the festival, along with the expenses relating to the program (the invited participants are expected to cover only travel expenses to Ljubljana).

Poetry volumes and Versoteque.com

The bilingual booklets have been published with the poetry of each guest in the original and Slovene language. Thus visitors can make their own compilation of their favorite poets.

The poems are presented also on the portal Versoteque.com (Stihoteka.com in Slovenian). The portal has become the largest Slovene poetry database complemented by the poetry of all the poets who visited the festival. The poems are published in the original language, Slovenian and English.

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International cooperation

In 2010 the festival moved from Medana to Ptuj, whose location between Graz and Zagreb makes it ideal for international cooperation when it comes to both poetry and wine. The event has had many sponsors in recent years, next to the Ministry of Culture and the EU Culture program also the winegrowers from Štajerska region, the Wine Cellar Ptuj and the Wine Cellar Jeruzalem Ormož.


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