Poetry International Festival Rotterdam

Poetry International Festival Rotterdam

Jun 13, 2019Jun 16, 2019
De Doelen, Schouwburgplein 50, 3012 CL

The 50th Poetry International Festival Rotterdam will be taking place from June 13-16 in the Doelen in Rotterdam, showcasing 50 years of the brilliance of poets from around the world.

Poetic expression on a pedestal

Organised by the Poetry International Foundation, the goal of the festival is to create a platform for the international exchange, stimulation and appreciation of great poetry both in the Netherlands and abroad.

"Poetry and the art of expression on a pedestal."

Attracting both Dutch and international visitors, the event puts poetry and the art of expression on a pedestal. Through lectures, talks, readings, interviews and conversations, works by both renowned and up-and-coming poets are presented, analysed, critiqued and appreciated. 

Due to the international nature of the festival, the intricate role of translation is also a focal point in workshops and seminars that examine methods of retaining meaning, structure and impact across languages.

Poetry International 50th anniversary edition

Each year, the festival tackles a new theme or topic. For the 50th anniversary edition, the theme will be "What happened to the future?" This edition invites us to look back at five decades of a world-renowned festival where poets of the world have come to share their aspirations, their joys and their grievances through the profound art of poetry.

Poetry International Festival Rotterdam flyer

This is an occasion to look forward to the future of poetry as well. The 2019 edition of the festival connects world-class poetry of the past, present and future.

Thousands of poets have read their poems in De Doelen and the Rotterdam City Theatre, as well as on city squares and in bars, parks and trams over the past 50 years. Come and reflect and see what the future will bring in terms of poetry.

Visit Poetry International

Plan your visit to this unmissable edition of Poetry International that explores the world of trailblazing poets from across the globe. Keep up to date with the event line-up on the Poetry International Facebook page.