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Poetry International Festival - 54th edition

From June 7th until June 9th, the 54th Poetry International Festival Rotterdam takes everything out of poetry and the poetic out of everything. With poets and spoken word artists from all over the world and partners from far and near, the festival presents unique poetry performances, themed specials, workshops, interviews and interactive programs. This year we multiply the power of poetry, by combining poetry – as you know it – with poetry you at first glance wouldn’t recognize as such. Brace yourself for a double dose of poetic brilliance as we merge the familiar with the unfamiliar. Come and watch the best poets from the world step beyond the boundaries of traditional literary expression and engage with artists from different fields like fashion, comics, therapy, karaoke, philosophy and much more. Together with you, we are going to push the boundaries of what poetry can be!




Nominees C. Buddingh’-prize 2024 known


Valentine's Day Special / January 30, 2024

A Blind Date with a Book & Open Mic


13 Year-old pupil of Wolfert Dalton writes most beautiful line of poetry / January 25, 2024

Leah Nölling wins high school poetry contest


Poetry Week: Poetry International in Melly / January 03, 2024

Home is a poem

Archive Tours: Discover your favorite poems

With more than 10.000 poems in more than ninety languages, translated into English and often into Dutch, the Poetry Archives has a lot of reading material. Travel across the voluminous poetry collection of Poetry International with one of the Archive Tours – take for example the favorite poems of Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb – or choose poets and poems from a specific country, or pick your favorite festival edition or poems in a specific language or as audio or video.

Gemeente Rotterdam
Nederlands Letterenfonds
Stichting Van Beuningen Peterich-fonds
Prins Bernhard cultuurfonds
Lira fonds
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère