Medellin’s town hall

.: By municipal agreement, the Medellín Mayor’s Office supports this festival, whose theme for 2022 will be “World Peace, Peace with Nature.”

.: This year 130 poets from 85 countries will meet in more than 100 activities.

.: The event will begin on July 9 with virtual programming and from July 23 to 30 there will be face-to-face activities at the Carlos Vieco open-air theater.

Words by Álvaro Narváez Díaz, Secretary of Citizen Culture.865KB

With the support of the Municipal Administration, Medellín celebrates this year the 32nd edition of the International Poetry Festival. The meeting will be from July 9 to 30 in different places, with free admission, as a contribution to the formation of dynamic audiences in the field of poetry, literature and letters. This time, the festival will have the theme of encounter and conversation “World peace, peace with nature.”

There will be some 100 virtual and face-to-face activities and more than 130 authors from 85 countries will participate, including three award winners Right Livelihood Awards 2021, better known as Alternative Nobel Prize winners for defenders of peace, human rights and the environment. Visitors will enjoy this meeting in person, after two years in which it was held completely virtual due to the pandemic.

The event will start from July 9 to 22 with 50 virtual activities and from July 23 to July 30 it will be in a natural and iconic setting for poetry in Medellín: the Carlos Vieco open-air theater, on Cerro Nutibara.

“We are happy that the Poetry Festival returns to 100% and that it reopens at the Carlos Vieco open-air theater, after many years; a place where poetry also had that space of recognition, which is developed by the Prometheus Corporation and which makes us happy to support it. This will allow us to continue building from poetry the peace that this city achieved after creating this festival. This event has put Medellín in the world, the great poets of the world have passed through this city”, expressed the secretary of Citizen Culture, Álvaro Narváez Díaz.

The coordinator of the festival, Gabriel Jaime Franco, spoke about the central theme “World peace, peace with nature”: “The deterioration that we have caused to nature is of such magnitude that world peace is also associated with climate problems, with climate change problems. On the other hand, we are going to have many activities with children, with a very beautiful project that is the Gulliver Project, where children from schools, from our popular neighborhoods, will be able to read what they have written during a year that we have been working with them” .

Confirmed poets include Vandana Shiva (Indian physicist, philosopher and writer and Alternative Nobel Laureate), Afua Cooper (Jamaican-Canadian poet and also Dr. Burnley Allan Jones Laureate, from the Novia Scotia Human Rights Commission) and Tusiata Avia (New Zealand and Pacific Arts Foundation Poet Laureate).

There are 24 guests from Europe, 14 from Africa, 26 from America, 25 from Asia, and seven from Oceania, including six representatives of various nationalities, whose selection was made by open call.

The artistic program includes poetry and musical intervention by the poet and actress from Zimbabwe – Mosoto, Siphiwe Nzima; the poet, musician and social activist, from the Kingdom of Swaziland, Qibho Intalektual; of the musical artist of the Kichwa nation of Ecuador, Tamya Sisa Morán (Flower of the Rain); the Bulgarian poet, writer, musician, translator and librarian, Petar Tchohov; and the musical participation of Colombians Íkaro Valderrama and Carlos Palacio (Pala).

The Medellín Mayor’s Office sponsors the International Poetry Festival with $550 million. It is an event organized by the Prometheus Poetry Magazine and the World Poetry Movement, as a way to guarantee free and democratic access to the right to culture, words and the sensitivity that artistic expression makes possible.

All programming will be available at https://www.festivaldepoesiademedellin.org/.

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Medellin’s town hall