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25 · 04 · 2018

A night of poetry – The culmination of Poems in the City

The culmination of the Poems in the city campaign (Wiersze w mieście) was an evening filled with poetry that took place at the Royal Theater in the Old Orangery in the Royal Łazienki Park in Warsaw, Monday April 23rd.

During the event the poems from 18 different European countries were presented in Polish, read by actors, Beata Jewiarz and Arkadiusz Brykalski as well as in original languages. The Danish poem by Inger Christensen was read by director of DCI Poland, Bogusława Sochańska. The evening was hosted by Maciej Ulewicz, and the musical setting was provided by Piotr Łyczkowski.


Read about last year’s “Poems in the City”


“Poems in the city” are 18 poems written by 18 European poets. The theme of this year’s edition is freedom. Freedom, which in poetry means creative freedom in the choice of language and ways of describing the world. Freedom written both with capital and small letter and understood in the widest possible way: as the freedom of the nation, individual freedom, freedom to choose attitudes towards the dilemmas of the present day, freedom to make decisions about your life.


The promotion of the poems can still be found all around Warsaw until the end of April!


Organizers: European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC Warsaw)

Co-organizer: City of Warsaw

Partners: European Commission representation in Poland, the Royal Łazienki Museum