For 55 years, Poetry Days have been one of the most important September events in the cultural life of Latvia. This year, the Poetry Days will bring together poets and poetry lovers, both allowing listeners and readers to enjoy traditional Poetry Days events and offering new formats for listening to and perceiving poetry.
This is the third year since the organization of the Poetry Days has been in the hands of the specially established Poetry Days Council consisting of Arno Jundze, Erika Bērziņa, Aivars Eipurs, Jelena Budanceva and Henrik Eliass Zegners. The latter is also the author of this year's slogan "Poetry Heals!", Which will invite you to look at both the festival and poetry as a healing phenomenon for individuals and society.
For the second year in a row, the festival will have its own embassy in the floating art center "Noass" on the River Daugava, where several festival events will take place, including the opening ceremony, discussions and workshops.
Currently, more than 25 events are planned in the official program in Riga, but by September 1, everyone is invited to apply to register their own Poetry Days events in both Riga and the regions, which will be added to the festival's satellite program. Contributions from Estonia and Lithuania will add an international note to the festival program this year, too.
Poetry Days are organized by the Latvian Writers' Union, supported by the State Cultural Capital Foundation and the Riga City Council Education, Culture and Sports Department.