Druskininkai Poetic Fall festival is one of the most important literature events in Lithuania. It is international poetry festival, held every autumn in October. The festival begins in Vilnius with Presentation of Anthology. A day later we are leaving to Druskininkai where all other Festival activities are held.
Every year we have a different theme of the Festival. In the past years the themes were:
"Poetry: the Sound and Fury"
“Local and Global Contexts”
“What Isn’t Poetry?”
“The Social Contexts of Creative Works: poetry and politics?”
“Political Correctness and Poetry”
There are few traditional events of the Festival every year – readings of Festival guests and Lithuanian poets, performances, mini book fair, Presentation of Anthology, conference, seminar, young poets’ evening readings, Presentation of the photo exhibition, Presentation of the Yotvingian and Young Yotvingian prizes, anonymous single poem competition. The last event of the Festival - Readings by DPF guests and winners of prizes is held in Vilnius.
Cultural press is plenty of different texts after festival. Poets, writers, critics, all are very positive about festival despite different points of views. Young poets are a bigger part of festival attendants every year. It’s a very good tendency as changes will be accepted and even promoted.
About 120 poets, translators, literature critics, writers are a part of this big International event in Lithuania. All events of the Festival in Vilnius and Druskininkai get attention of up to 800 listeners. This means that the festival is needed. Poets from all over the world have visited the festival. Guests from Japan, South Korea, USA, Egypt, Pakistan, Brasil, Australia, Canada, almost all European countries have been part of our Fest.