Tue 29 May 2012

Antwerp celebrates the fourth Felix Poetry Festival

On Thursday the 14th and 15th of June 2012, the Felix Poetry Festival in Antwerp will present a fine selection of national and international poets for the fourth time. The first evening explores Belgian Dutch and French-language poetry, while the second evening’s programme features a string of international guests. Leonard Noles will read from his collected work Manieren van leven: gedichten 1975-2011. (Ways of living: poems 1975-2011). There’ll also be a look at the genre of ‘video poetry’, and music will be come from, amongst others, the French Marie-Laure Béraud, and the Antwerp garage-jazz band Dans Dans (Dance Dance).

Amongst the guests there will also be a number of authors who have participated in the citybooks project. The master of ceremonies of both evenings is Johan de Boose. In 2012, he’ll travel to Yerevan to write a citybook about the Armenien city. Alongside de Boose, citybooks guests include Bernard Dewulf (citybook Snippets from Ostend), Caroline Lamarche (citybook Intangible Heritage. A stay in the Black Country, about Charleroi) and South Africa’s rising talent Ronelda S. Kamfer, who wrote the citybook Hoarding Thoughts, in Grahamstown. During the Felix Poetry Festival, they’ll all read from their poetry. Bernard Dewulf is the current city poet of Antwerp, Caroline Lamarche has written poems about Antwerp, and Ronelda S. Kamfer will be presented as one of the most exciting new voices from South Africa.

You can find the full festival programme at http://www.antwerpenboekenstad.be/felix

Practical information:
On 14th and 15th of June, from 20:00
FelixPakhuis, Godefriuskaai 30, 2000 Antwerpen
Tickets: €5 presale, + €1 administration cost per evening - €10 at the door. A festival newspaper including the complete programme is available from May in all libraries in Flanders, for free.

Felix Poetry Festival is organised by Antwerpen Boekenstad in collaboration with Poetry International, deFelix and Arenbergschouwburg Antwerpen.

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