Festival For A Poetic City

The International Istanbul Poetry Festival is an event eminently befitting the city, especially in spring…

The International Istanbul Poetry Festival is bringing prominent poets of Turkey and the world together once again in Istanbul. The festival will kick off with a Zuhal Olcay concert at the Harbiye Muhsin Ertuğrul Theater on the evening of May 11. A number of Turkish and foreign poets who have carved a place in memory with their poems about the city will also read from their own works on opening night. Among these Istanbul poets are: Vedat Türkali, Turan Oflazoğlu, Melisa Gürpınar, Hüseyin Avni Dede, Christopher Middleton, Luis Alberto Cuenca, Vasiliki Papageorgiou and Marc Deleuze.

The theme of this year’s International Istanbul Poetry Festival is the poetry and literature of Ireland. Taking this theme as its point of departure, a ‘Modern Irish Poetry Exhibition’ in the nature of a retrospective looking back from our day to W.B. Yeats will be held at the Beyoğlu Art Gallery. Another project based on the same theme is the ‘Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry’, currently in preparation.
A total of 44 poets, 20 Turkish and 24 foreign, are participating in the festival, which runs through May 15. Venues for the festival activities are: the Archaeological Museum, Yerebatan Cistern, Galata Tower, the D&R Bookshops, and various mansions around the city.