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International Poetry Festival Coming Up in Iceland

The seventh annual International Poetry Festival will be held in Reykjavík October 6-8. The program includes poetry readings and panel discussions in which both domestic and foreign poets will participate, along with various multidisciplinary artists.


Anna Kawala. Copyright: couzinetjacques.

Four world renowned poets will participate in the festival: Anna Kawala from France, Gary Barwin from Canada, Marko Niemi from Finland and Monica Aasprong from Sweden, a press release states.

Icelandic participants include Arngrímur Vídalín, Bergthóra Snaebjörnsdóttir, Bragi Páll Sigurdsson, Hekla Helgadóttir, Ingólfur Gíslason and Klara Arnalds.

The festival formally opens at the Nordic House tomorrow at 8 pm with a performance of “Heart Murmurs”. The program will take place in the Nordic House (panel discussions) and the Living Art Museum (poetry readings).

In addition to poetry, music, visual art, theater and other stage performances are planned, as well as multi-disciplinary performances.

The International Poetry Festival is held in collaboration with S.L.Á.T.U.R., the organization of “artistically aggressive” composers in the Reykjavík metropolitan area. Angela Rawlings is the festival’s artistic director.

The program is as follows:

On October 7 at 7 pm, various poets and S.L.Á.T.U.R. will perform “From Reykjavík With Love” at the Living Art Museum (Nýló); on October 8 there will be panel discussions at the Nordic House from 2-3:30 pm; and in the evening at 7 pm the festival concludes with various poets and S.L.Á.T.U.R. performing “Heart Full of Stuff” at Nýló.


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