International poetry festival this week in Jelgava, Latvia

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The second international poetry festival Page Break will take place in Jelgava from May 10 to 13. The four-day poetry event will conclude with an ambitious poetry concert, with 13 poets from 12 countries around the world, the festival's organizer said on May 8.

This year's poetry festival places a special emphasis on Nordic poetry, so poets from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland will be present. Alongside them, poets from Spain, Turkey, Croatia, Germany, and the USA will visit Jelgava. The Latvian side will be represented by three poets – Artis Ostups, Anna Auziņa, and Sergejs Timofejevs.

The festival had also planned the participation of a Ukrainian poet Hrihoriy Semenchuk, but he is not able to leave his country because of the war. His will still be read at the festival.

An anthology edition of the festival's poetry will be available free of charge at all venues, in which it will be possible to find information about all participants in the festival, as well as to read their poetry, which will be available in the original language, English, and Latvian.

Following the theme of the festival, which is 'Biophilia' this year, the first poetry event is expected on May 10, 18:00 in Jelgava urban environment. On May 11 and 12, 18:00, the Great Hall of Jelgava Culture House will host public readings of poetry.

On May 11 at 16:00 in the Great Hall of Culture House of Jelgava, poetry enthusiasts are invited to the discussion “Biophilia and poetry”, while on May 12 the festival's guests will visit three Jelgava high schools.

The “Page Break” festival will be closed on 13 May at 18.00 with a special poetry concert at the Great Hall of Jelgava Culture House. The event will be attended by all the festival guests, reading their works on the improvisations of contemporary jazz music that will be provided by musicians Toms Poišs, Kārlis Auziņš, Edgars Cīrulis and Rudolfs Dankfelds. This festival is also open to everyone for free.

The tradition of the “Page Break” poetry festival was established last year by organizing an international poetry event in Latvia for the first time, bringing together poets from 10 countries around the world.

More information is available on the festival's Facebook page and website.

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