Poetry Days about to bring literary joy to Latvia

September has been the month of poetry for some 50 years already, as the annual Poetry Days, which started as a homage to Rainis' 100th birthday, will take hold of the capital and the rest of Latvia from September 3 to September 15. This year the Poetry Days will feature a whopping 36 performances with Latvian and foreign poets.

This year, the motto of the Poetry Days is "Poetry never lies", and it'll be up to you to see whether that's true.

Foreign visitors to Riga will enjoy performances where poetry is interspersed with music, or perhaps they'll fancy listening to guest poets from countries like Poland, Kazakhstan, Estonia, Belarus and others.

As an English program for the events is lacking, we are presenting a description of the events where languages other than Latvian are spoken, or where the combination of poetry and other media makes up for it.

September 3

Guest performances by poets Marcin Sendecki and Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki at 19:00, NicePlace Mansards book cafe, Kr.Barona 21a, Rīga.

September 4

"North to South" poetry readings by Marko Pogačar (Croatia) and Anuar Duisenbinov (Kazakhstan) at 19:00, Kaņepes Kultūras centrs, Skolas iela 15, Rīga.

September 5

"Light / Darkness" 

The Russian-language poets of the Orbita group - Artur Punte, Sergey Timofeev, Vladimir Svetlov and Semjon Hanin - will perform their poetry, accompanied by a piano and pre-recorded urban sounds, played back on numerous FM radios.

The performance will be followed by a photogallery by Zane Ernštreite and a vinyl performance by DJ Henriks Eliass Zēgners. The event will take place at the NicePlace Mansards book cafe, Kr.Barona 21a, Rīga.

20:00-21:00 "Slow Show FM" performance by Orbita

21:00-22:00 Photo gallery by Zane Ernštreite.

22:00-24:00 Henriks Eliass Zēgners plays vinyl records.

"Kunst oder Unfall" - an experimental classical poetry reading.

The sound and poetry improvisation, featuring Augusta Laar and Kalle Laar (Germany) as well as poetry from I. Rubene and L. Langa, will take place at the Kr. Barona iela 14, Rīga at 22:30.

The improvisation will feature poetry from underground legends Hardijs Lediņš and Juris Boiko, as well from L. Langa and Augusta Laar.

September 7

"Victims of Multitasking" will be a thematic performance about the effects of the intensification and the "increased productivity" required from members of the society, including artists. Featuring A.Punte and J.Glazova. 20:00, Kaņepes Kultūras centrs, Skolas iela 15, Rīga.

September 8

"Coffee with Aspasia" - readings by Anuar Duisenbinov (Kazakhstan) and Martyna Buliżańska (Poland). At 17:00, Aspazijas māja, Z.Meierovica prosp.18/20, Dubulti, Jūrmala.

September 9

A multimedia performance by Sándor Vály and J.K.Ihalainen (Finland), combining music and poetry. 20:00, Kaņepes Kultūras centrs, Skolas iela 15, Rīga.

September 10

Guest readings. Poetry by Lithuanian poets Arturas Valionis, Dainius Gintalas, Giedre Kazlauskaite and Mindaugas Nastaravicius, 19:00, Latvian National Library, 3rd story, Mūkusalas 3, Rīga.

September 11

Guest readings. Poetry by Olli Heikkonen (Finland), Martyna Buliżańska (Poland), and Anuar Duisenbinov (Kazakhstan) at 19:00, NicePlace Mansards, Kr.Barona 21a, Rīga.

September 12

"Lost in translation" - guest readings. Poetry by Giedre Kazlauskaite, Martyna Buliżańska and Anuar Duisenbinov. At 16:00, NicePlace Mansards, Kr.Barona 21a, Rīga. 

Flip Poets (Estonia) featuring poetry in the Russian language, backed by a musical performance. At 18:00, Nabaklab, Z.A.Meierovica bulvāris 12, Rīga.

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