Wish I Were There…

MERIDIAN CZERNOWITZ International Poetry Festival

3 – 5 September 2010
Chernivtsi, Ukraine

The major theme of the festival is contemporary German and Ukrainian poetry. The participants are well-known poets from Ukraine, Austria, Germany and Switzerland who will present poetry and video poetry.

The programme of MERIDIAN CZERNOWITZ consists of varying cultural and artistic events. During the day guests will be able to participate in poetry readings, literary discussions, book launches, and cultural excursions. DJs and music producers will hold parties with electronic music. At night, the light projections of the video installation Temple will revive Chernivtsi’s destroyed synagogue.

Translators will be present throughout the festival. The participants’ poetic work will be published in a collection after the event.

The date of the festival has been selected to honour the 90th anniversary of Paul Celan. The famous German-language lyricist was born in Chernivtsi in 1920. To the organisers he stands for the literary tradition of the city that they want to bring to new life.

Paul Celan (1920 – 1970)

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