Wiersze w Metrze campaign is back home …

13 Dec

… and slowly coming to an end. Our memories from Tokyo are full of friendly and well-wishing people attending the opening and the Spoke’N’Word Festival on Tour. You can read more about the second event on this photoblog. As for the campaign in Beijing – it was mentioned in TVP1:

Right now we are focused on sorting out the winning Haikus from all over the world and delivering them to the commuters of Warsaw Metro as well as our internet followers. We also kindly invite you to the Wiersze w Metrze finishing party which is connected with the regular poetry slam in Powiększenie Club in Warsaw. The entry is free and we expect some extra surprises for the audience. See you there !


From Beijing to Tokyo

6 Nov

During the past two weeks the daily average of 7 million of Beijing subway commuters was able to stop for a couple of minutes and ponder upon Poetry from Poland scattered among selected underground stations. The meeting with Jerzy Jarniewicz, Jacek Dehnel and Adam Zdrodowski has officialy initiated the campaign in Beijing and the Spoke’N’Word Festival at Bookworm Beijing marked its end with live poetry acts from Polish spoken word artists accompanied by two American slam poetry scene veterans – Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger.

Our campaign remains eastbound and moves on to Tokyo, Japan. The official opening will take place this Monday at Super Deluxe. This time it will be on Julia Fiedorczuk and Tomasz Różycki to read their poems and talk about their work to the Japanese audience.

From Ukraine With Love

12 Oct

That is exactly how we came back from Kiev. We will long remember the warm welcome which the city gave us. Starting from great amounts of press and general interest at the launch of the campaign and finishing with the stories we have heard when we were finishing the campaign. Kiev citizens stopped to tell us personally how they enjoyed their everyday dose of poetry in the metro as well as in the parks. We have finished with a big bang – Spoke’N’Word Festival at Divan where a local slam and Polish performances generated screams and shouts.
Next stop – Beijing !

City That Does Not Sleep

21 Sep

Madrid has proven to be a great host ! We are slowly leaving the capital of Spain (you can still take part in Spanish Haiku competition !) and are heading towards Kiev.

The campaign in Kiev will officialy launch on the 26th of September at 6 PM with a poetry reading at E Bookshop (Lysenka 3, Kiev). This time we have invited Marzanna Kielar, Wojciech Bonowicz, Ryszard Krynicki to read their poetry and discuss it with Ukrainian poet and translator Andrij Bondar. The haiku competition and Spoke’N’Word Festival will be also present so stay tuned and up to date with our Facebook Site and Twitter account.

After Paris comes Madrid

5 Sep

After leaving a big dose of Polish poetry in Paris Metro (see the Odéon station while you still can !) we are leaving for Madrid, where just in a couple of minutes the official launch of the campaign will take place. This time we have invited Julia Hartwig and Edward Pasewicz for the poetry meeting at the Polish Embassy.

During the campaign in Madrid (from the 5th to the 18th of September) you will be able to see Polish poetry on the metro, take part in our Haiku competition and join us at the Spoke’N’Word Festival at Cafe Libertad 8.
Stay with us !

Poetry from Poland in Paris

22 Aug

Poetry from Poland is now ready to invade the City of Light. The official opening of the campaign will take place on Wednesday the 24th of August at 5 PM at the Polish Embassy in Paris (by invitation only). The poets to open up the campaign in Paris are Krzysztof Siwczyk and Marcin Sendecki.

Keep your eyes open for all the Polish poems that will pop-up here and there in the Paris metro as well as in the public space of the city. Make sure that you post at least one Haiku for our Haiku competition and get ready to attend the Spoke’N’Word Festival in Paris. The campaign in Paris will last from the 24th of August until the 6th of September. Read more about it on our website.

And here you can see how it was in London:

Time for Poetry from Poland to hit the English Channel

18 Aug

Two very busy weeks in London are slowly coming to an end. These are also the very few last days to send us a Haiku and win prizes in our competition.
The final round of the Spoke’N’Word poetry slam has seen the duel between a British poetess Vanessa Kisuule and Polish born and bred Gil Gilling. The female particle came out victorious this time. You can see the pictures from the event on our Facebook site and soon on our website.
Remember – these are the last few days to wander around London and read Polish poetry on the tube or in Regent’s Park. London – thanks for having us ! Paris, you’re next …

London calling

1 Aug

It is time for the campaign to hit the road and look for new opportunities outside Warsaw. Wiersze w Metrze – poetry from Poland will find its temporary home in London, United Kingdom. From 8 to 21 August, 2011, Londoners and London visitors will have a unique opportunity to become acquainted with contemporary Polish poetry. The events in London include the presentation of selected poems by thirty poets on the London Underground, poetry installations in Regent’s Park (with a special exhibition devoted to Czesław Miłosz), Spoke’N’Word Festival on Tour showcasing performance poets from Poland and many more attractions.

The best way to start your adventure with Polish poetry in London is to join us during the campaign launch / poetry evening with Polish poets Agnieszka Wolny-Hamkało and Piotr Sommer in conversation with Mark Ford on the 8th of August at 5.30 PM in The Embassy of the Republic of Poland, 47 Portland Place W1B 1JH, London. See you there !

Second week of the campaign in Warsaw

12 Jul

We have just entered the second week of Wiersze w Metrze campaign in Warsaw. Thank you all for the support we are receiving ! The website for Warsaw edition is up and running – other language versions will be activated soon. The inauguration of the campaign was a success ! We were glad to have such spokespersons as Paweł Potoroczyn (Director of Adam Mickiewicz Institute) and Judith Chernaik (initiator of British Poems on the Underground) joining the poets Julia Hartwig and Jacek Dehnel to celebrate this unique edition of the campaign.

This Saturday we will be bringing you a spoken word feast in Warsaw’s Powiększenie Club. The 7th edition of Spoke’N’Word Festival will once again bring the best of spoken word poetry from Poland and rest of Europe. Be sure to join us during this event !

Here we go

27 Jun

Finally, the official launch is here ! You are all invited to join us for the official opening of the fourth edition of Wiersze w Metrze campaign, which will take place at Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw on Monday the 4th of July at 5 PM. During the opening you will be able to witness a poetry reading by Julia Hartwig and Jacek Dehnel. We will also present Czesław Miłosz Audiobook created by Adam Mickiewicz Institute. See you there !

Please do remember about our on-going Haiku competition. You are still able to send Haikus until the 17th of July. All European languages are welcome. To inspire you, we have created a map that includes some of the Haikus for Warsaw we have received last year. Enjoy !