The Stockholm International Poetry Festival serves as a melting pot where the written word meets music, dance and performance, and creates something new. The festival is hosted at Södra Teatern, Stockholms stadsbibliotek, and the Nobel Museum November 25-30.
The main event of the festival is hosted at Södra Teatern, Thursday, November 27, with poetry, dance, music and performances. Participants: Abdellah Taïa, Morocco, Halyna Kruk and Serhij Zjadan, Ukraine, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, USA, Kim Hyesoon, South Korea, Olga Ravn, Denmark, Tomasz Różycki, Poland, Frida Hyvönen, Helena Boberg och Rikard Wolff, Sweden. Artistic leader and conferencier: Madeleine Grive.
Abdellah Taïa has been celebrated and awarded for his poetical prose in French. He has gained a lot of attention as the first open gay author and director in the Arab world. He was born in Morocco and is currently living in Paris. In his books, he often returns to the neighbourhood and experiences of Salé, the hometown of his childhood. Feeling culturally starved, he moved to Paris to study film and learn French in 1998, when he was twenty-five years old. When he openly spoke about his sexuality in 2006, he was officially condemned in his home country, where homosexuality still is illegal. Bloggers demanded that he would be stoned.
At Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Taïa performs together with Rikard Wolff, who interprets him in Swedish.
Julian Talamantez Brolaski from Brooklyn is a transgender poet, does Vaudeville shows and has an own country band; Juan & the Pines. For the first time Julian is coming to Sweden to be introduced to a Swedish audience.