Saturday, 11 May 2013

1000 Years of Peace

The Transformation of a Drug Capital: the Medellín Poetry Festival

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Medellín, Colombia, a city once notorious for being the epicenter of the cocaine trade, is reinventing itself as a global center for the living word. The Medellín International Poetry Festival was founded in 1991, when the streets of Medellín were at their most precarious. Organizers envisioned the Poetry Festival as a form of cultural resistance--a venue for cultivating peace and a protest against injustice and terrorism, including state terrorism. Over the past 20 years the festival has established itself as the largest of its kind in the world. Since its inception nearly 1,000 poets from 145 nations have come to Colombia, where more than 1,100 poetry readings have been held in 32 cities across the country. The festival was one of the recipients of the 2006 Right Livelihood Award, widely known as "The Alternative Nobel Peace Prize." This short film documents some of the readings from the 2008 festival and highlights performers talking about the use of poetry as a tool for promoting peace and justice.

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May 8th
Palabra en el mundo / Word in the world / Parole dans le monde
The Fredericton event, on Thursday, 16 May, 2–4 pm, in Palabra en el mundo / Word in the world / Parole dans le monde, festival internacional de poesía en todas partes (VII edición del 9 al 21 de mayo, 2013) features participating poets, Joe Blades, Carlos Morales, Nela Rio, Eugenia Dietrich, Andrew Scott, and others. Location is the Carleton Street pedway (rain location: River Reading Room, Fredericton Public Library, 12 Carleton Street). Organized by Nela Rio , with the support of Asociación Latina de New Brunswick–“Presencia”, Broken Jaw Press, Capítulo Fredericton de la Academia Iberoamericana de Poesía; in association with Proyecto Cultural SUR, Revista Isla Negra, and Festival Internacional de Poesia de la Habana; plus World Poetry Movement supporting peace in Columbia and throughout the world.
Joe Blades

At least 200 poetry readings and art activities will be held between next 9 and 21 May in 117 cities from 63 countries as an expression of solidarity with the peace talks between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), being carried out in Havana, Cuba, from poets and member organizations of the World Poetry Movement (WPM) and Word in the World.
Over 850 poets, artists, intellectuals and scientists from 139 nations signed a statement supporting this global campaign, which began last February, created from the efforts of world poetry to help solve some of the deepest humanitarian crises of our time, war, the deterioration of the lives of people and nature, and the material and cultural poverty of millions of human beings.

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