About The International Poetry Festival

Bucharest, 27th of April 2017

Press release

100 poets from 30 countries to arrive in Bucharest

in May for the International Poetry Festival

The 8th edition of the Bucharest International Poetry Festival will be unfolding between May 15 and May 21 in ten cultural areas in the Capital of Romania.

The exclusive new feature of this edition: the anniversary of PEN ROMÂNIA 95 and the educational activities for children.

The evolution of the last year’s edition and also the large-scale edition of this year make the Bucharest International Poetry Festival the most important poetry festival in Romania of this kind: over 100 poets from over 30 countries, conferences, round tables, debates, performances and jazz recitals, book launches, events for children.

Details for the programme of the 2017 edition can be found on the official website,

In almost one month, the 8th edition of the Bucharest International Poetry Festival will start in the Capital. For one week, between 15th and 21st of May, more than 100 poets from over 30 countries will offer the poetry lovers the opportunity to participate to more than 20 events which will take place in ten cultural places in the city:  The National Museum of the Romanian Literature (Nicolae Crețulescu Street no.8), Central University Library „Carol I”, Bucharest Municipal Museum - Filipescu-Cesianu House, Green Hours jazz-café, The Group for Social Dialogue, Point, Humanitas Cișmigiu, Humanitas  Kretzulescu Bookshop, Tramvaiul 26, „Tudor Arghezi – Mărțișor” Memorial House.

The festival’s programme includes round tables, debates, performances and jazz recitals, book launches, conferences and – for the first time in the history of the project – events for children. At the same time, the novelty of the program of this edition is the anniversary of PEN - an important and prestigious institution, which connects the Romanian writers to the international literary life – an event that will bring together PEN members from all European countries.

The foreign participants are well-known writers from all over the world: Entela Kasi (Albania), Hugo Mujica (Argentina), Marco Lucchesi (Brazil), Gueorgui Konstantinov (Bulgaria), Călin-Andrei Mihăilescu (Canada), Simona Racková (Czech Republic), Olga Wallo (Czech Republic), Hu Chuanvy (China), Jidi Majia (China), Gao Xing (China), Gong Xuemin (China), Gil-Won Lee (Korea), Nadežda Čačinovič (Croația), Olja Savičević (Croatia), Kätlin Kaldmaa (Estonia), Jarkko Tontti (Finland), Sylvestre Clancier (France), Regula Venske (Germany), Victor Ivanovici (Greece), Bruno Mazzoni (Italy), Marco Di Pasquale (Italy), Katica Kulavkova (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Enormi Stationis (Poland), Emilian Galaicu-Păun (Republic of Moldavia), Nikolay Zvyagintsev (Rusia), Barbara Korun (Slovenia), Veronika Dintinjana (Slovenia), Ioana Gruia (Spain), Jordi Valls (Spain), Adam J. Sorkin (USA), Haydar Ergulen (Turkey), Mykola Riabchuk (Ukraine), Géza Szöcs (Hungary).

Those are accompanied by experimental poets of the highest rank, also well-known all over the world within the events of this kind: Christian Foley (UK), Steven J. Fowler (UK), Max Höfler (Austria), Christian Bök (Canada/Australia), Maja Jantar (Holand/Belgium), LaTasha N. Navada Diggs (USA), who will meet the Romanian poets Mugur Grosu, Claudiu Komartin, Răzvan Țupa and Tara Skurtu, during the show metaMorph — performance of experimental poetry.

Curator: Simona Nastac (Romania/UK).

The evolution of the last year’s project and also the large-scale edition of this year make the Bucharest International Poetry Festival the most important poetry festival in Romania of this kind.

The Bucharest International Poetry Festival (BIPF) is a cultural initiative of crucial need in the context of the European Union and its shared cultural values promoted through it. During the first edition, in 2010, Bucharest was among the only European capitals that did not organize or host a festival on the scale like this. Soon after its appearance, BIPF overcame this lack, and today it manages to settle poetry as a main stream literary genre, but also to bring poets and their distinguished voices into the attention of a large audience, passionate by different forms of poetic expression. For one week long, the inhabitants of Bucharest will enjoy the events that we challenge them to participate to, much more numerous and varied comparing with the previously editions, dedicated to all ages, from the little kids - who will discover the contemporary poetry during the creative workshops – to the elders, those who are (not) familiar with the poetic languages, all having direct access to this meaningful event, of a constant transformation stated the assoc. prof. dr.Ioan Cristescu, General Manager of the National Museum of Romanian Literature.


Organizers: The Bucharest Municipality, National Museum of the Romanian Literature, Ministry of Culture and National Identity.

Co-organizers: Romanian Cultural Institute, The Central University Library ”Carol I” of Bucharest.

Partners: PEN Romania, The Museum of the Municipality of Bucharest - Filipescu-Cesianu House, Brâncovenești Palace, Hyperion University — Art Faculty, The Group for Social Dialogue, Mușat & Asociații, Humanitas Bookshops, Point, Green Hours jazz-cafe, Bistro by Green Hours, Euro CulturArt, Clubul UNESCO Club-Teens, Tramvaiul 26, VINARTE.

Co-producer: Radio România Cultural

Media parteners: An event reflected by TVR 3

An event recomanded by: RFI România

Media parteners: România liberă,, Accente, Radio România Cultural, Observator cultural, Suplimentul de cultură, Romania Journal, Bookaholic, BookMag, Semne bune, Agenția de carte, LiterNet, Ceașca de cultură, Filme și Cărți, Ziarul Metropolis,

Project is being co-financed by AFCN — Administrația Fondului Cultural Național.