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51st Poetry International Festival postponed

April 08, 2020
With a heavy heart Poetry International has decided to postpone the Poetry International Festival 2020, which was to take place June 25-28 in Rotterdam. We were looking forward to it very much. Under the theme What You Will Hear Is True , we were well underway to creating a truly unforgettable 51st festival, much as we did during our successful anniversary edition in 2019, together with poets, translators, musicians, volunteers, partners, and of course the audience. Because of the current COVID-19 crisis, and the necessary measures limiting movement that have been taken in the Netherlands and abroad, it has proven impossible to prepare a festival worthy of its participants by the end of June.
We are primarily concerned with the health of the poets, translators, partners, visitors, and employees of the festival, and the uncertain circumstances in which they now find themselves. We will try to support them to the best of our ability.
By choosing to postpone, Poetry International nonetheless opts to continue the festival in the long term. We are currently exploring the possibility of presenting poets, poetry, and events online or in person at a later point in time. In the meantime we are available to loyal and new audiences on social media and our websites, so we can continue inspiring and offering comfort in these times, for example through our {segment name="archivetours/0/" title="Archive Tours"}. Soon we will also be presenting our short term plans for various Book Clubs.

We will keep sharing new information on our websites and social media. We feel encouraged by the solidarity and creativity that we have seen blossoming all around us. And we wholeheartedly thank our sponsors for their support as we take the difficult decision of postponing our festival.
 We wish everyone much strength and resourcefulness in these surreal times.
 Keep your distance, stay healthy, and support one another.

On behalf of the board and staff of Poetry International,
Inez Boogaarts, director
More information on the festival website.
© Inez Boogaarts
Translator: Fleur Jeras
Sponsors
Gemeente Rotterdam
Nederlands Letterenfonds
Stichting Van Beuningen Peterich-fonds
Ludo Pieters Gastschrijver Fonds
Hendrik Muller fonds
Lira fonds
Partners
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère