Versopolis - where poetry lives
Versopolis is a European poetry platform that creates new opportunities for emerging European poets and is supported by the European Commission’s Creative Europe programme.
Versopolis came to life in 2014 as a European poetry platform, supported by the European Commision’s Creative Europe programme. It has been selected at 2 Support to European platforms’ open-calls and certainly envisions and hopes for further collaboration.
As a European poetry platform, Versopolis creates new opportunities for emerging European poets. This creation is financially and organisationally concrete. Versopolis supports translation of a selection of emerging poets’ works into English and other European languages. It enables the publication of these works in printed booklets, in e-books and on the Versopolis website alongside full profile descriptions. Versopolis also supports poets’ mobility by organising a number of guest appearances at different European literary festivals. This creates countless opportunities for networking with foreign publishers, literary agents, the press and other actors in the field of literature. Needless to say, this helps these brilliant artists to make a breakthrough in the European and global poetry scene.
By the end of 2020, we offered opportunities to 271 European poets from 39 countries, writing in 32 languages. By the end of 2021 that number will rise to 321 poets!
From the outset, during the first year of the platform project, there were 11 festivals which promoted 55 poets. In the sixth year, namely, in 2019/2020, 23 European festivals are included in the platform project. Since the end of 2020, Versopolis is 30 festivals heavy, which makes it the largest poetry platform in the world.
The Versopolis platform involves the following literary/poetry festivals and organisations:
ARS POETICA, Slovakia;
ATHENS WORLD POETRY FESTIVAL, Greece;
CORK INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL, Ireland;
DAYS OF POETRY AND WINE, Slovenia;
FELIX POETRY FESTIVAL, Belgium;
GENOA INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL, Italy;
GORAN’S SPRING, Croatia;
HAUSACHER LESELENZ, Germany;
FOUND IN TRANSLATION / THE EUROPEAN POET OF FREEDOM, Poland;
INTERNATIONAL LITERARY FESTIVAL, TO THE SEA-GIRT SHORES OF CYPRUS / INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL FOR YOUNG POETS, @ THE FIRST STEP, Cyprus;
ISTANBUL OFFLINE INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL, Turkey;
THE LATVIAN LITERATURE, Latvia;
LEDBURY POETRY FESTIVAL, Great Britain;
LITERATURE & WINE FESTIVAL, Austria;
MICROFESTIVAL, Czech Republic;
MOSTRA DE ARTES DA PALAVRA, Portugal;
OSLO INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL, Norway;
POETEKA INT’L FESTIVAL OF POETRY AND LITERATURE, Albania;
DRUSKININKAI POETIC FALL, Lithuania;
METAMORPHOSIS FESTIVAL OF POETRY, Serbia;
LVIV INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL, Ukraine;
POETRY MOON, Finland;
POETS IN TRANSYLVANIA– SIBIU'S POETRY FESTIVAL, Romania;
SARAJEVO POETRY DAYS, Bosnia and Herzegovina;
SOCIETY OF HUNGARIAN AUTHORS - SZÉPÍRÓK TÁRSASÁGA, Hungary;
SOMMERTID - COPENHAGEN INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL, Denmark;
STRUGA POETRY EVENINGS, North Macedonia;
TBILISI INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE, Georgia.
More about Versopolis
Poetry is a highly individualised expression of the human spirit that glorifies diversity and originality; it creates a bridge between individuals and communities. The European idea that is based on respect of individuality and at the same time strives for a quality coexistence of all individuals, should recognise in poetry a metaphor and sum of its efforts.
VERSOPOLIS is a Europe-wide poetry project of renowned literary festivals, exposing, connecting and bringing the finest poetry closer to audiences and through collaboration and mutual enrichment adding value and a sustainable vision of the initial European idea.
We wish to see that not only canonised and widely recognizable poets reach the consciousness of European literature lovers, but that the voices of younger generations that have yet to become established in the European area also gain their place. The selected authors will receive attention through performances and translations of their works on a digital platform.
The project includes renowned European literary festivals with an evident affinity towards poetry. Authors circulate between festivals, presenting themselves to poetry enthusiasts and professionals. Connecting functions in multiple ways: between the festivals, the authors, the authors and the public, and between the authors and publishers and editors.
The project stems from the wish to address as broad as possible a European audience, bringing to its attention the highly individualised language of poetry and the specific national characteristics and backgrounds of guest authors. PR strategies that utilize contemporary and original approaches in communication wish to bring the language of poetry, which so often remains barricaded inside the ivory towers of academia, closer to the general public. The interactive platform will play an important role in this by including existing and new audiences.
We follow opinions, visions and views on the broadest level; we focus on common European values, creating a new, integrated European poetic identity. Collaborations between participating partners jointly create an original perspective for poetry festivals to successfully collaborate in the future.