Poetry Festival: Meridian Czernowitz: Ukraine to witness Europe's poetry elite

12:26 Sep. 4, 2016

Meridian Czernowitz: Ukraine to witness Europe's poetry elite

Meridian Chernowitz in 2015 (photo source: meridiancz.com)

International poetry festival will be held in the city of Chernivtsi on September 9-11

Guests from all over Europe arrive in Ukraine as the country prepares to hold a grand event, an international poetry festival, VII Meridian Czernowitz.

About 30 poets from Germany, Switzerland, the UK, Romania, Austria, Israel and Ukraine will present their best works in the city of Chernivtsi, Western Ukraine.

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Among them are German literature expert Tomas Sparr, Ukrainian-German writer and journalist Katja Petrowskaja, renowned Ukrainian poet Yuri Andrukhovych, Swiss writer Klaus Merz along with many others. 

Attendees will have an opportunity to witness the unveiling of a collection of poems ‘Templars' by Ukraine's Serhii Zhadan, and ‘Kimnata dlya pechali' (Room for sorrow – UT) novel by Andrii Lyubka.

‘Meridian Czernowitz will be just as stylish, atmospheric and vivid as it's always been. Poetry and the city will be the main actors, our visitors attend the festival to experience both of them', Meridian Czernowitz President Svyatoslav Pomerantsev sharing his expectations. 

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The participants are going to put forward a wide range of topics within their poems, and the festival's main theme will be dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Babi Yar tragedy, a historic site in Kyiv where Nazi Germany massacred many dozens of thousands of Jews, Ukrainians, Roma and Soviet POWs.

That's why the program of the event features not only recitations of poems, music concerts, lectures and exhibitions,  also a visit to the Jewish cemetery in the city. The organizers are also planning to engage the attendees in public discussions on politics and the Babi Yar massacre. 

The event is going to be spread across several locations and centers for Jewish and Romanian communities, synagogue, city square, theater and a Polish Catholic Church. Among them is the unique Chernivtsi National university, which recently made it to our Top 25 Ukrainian unique places list. 

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‘European elite poets are going to gather in Chernivtsi once again. Many old and new locations will become available to everyone', the festival director Eugenia Lopata said.

The festival will kick off on September 9 lasting three days. 

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