Córdoba poetry festival to feature two Nobel winners

19th February 2008, Comments 0 comments

The fifth Cosmopoética, a festival of poetry that takes place in Córdoba, will feature two Nobel Prize winners, it was announced last week.

19 February 2008

MADRID - The fifth Cosmopoética, a festival of poetry that takes place in Córdoba, will feature two Nobel Prize winners, it was announced last week.

The event, which runs this year from 1-20 April, will count on the presence of Irish poet Seamus Heaney, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995, as well as that of Darío Fo, the Italian playwright, director, actor and composer, who won the same prize in 1997.

Speaking at a press conference to launch the event, the mayor of Córdoba, Rosa Aguilar, said that Cosmopoética would "return for another year to bring poetry out onto the streets in an attempt to bring culture to the whole city."

The mayor went on to announce that the festival would feature some 130 activities, including a program of films, a series of performances, classical music concerts and art shows - all linked in some way to the art of poetry. A total of 150 artists hailing from more than 20 different countries will be on the bill, including the US poet Jorie Graham and  Scotland's  Anna Crowe.

Also appearing on the program is a group of Latin American poets, headed up by the Peruvian Carlos Germán Belli, as well as writers from Iraq, Palestine and Morocco.

A new addition to the list of events this year is "Poesía en los pubs" (Poetry in the Pubs), which consist of workshops for amateur poets. Locals in Córdoba will also get the chance to enjoy some verse without having to attend any of the events, thanks to a series of poems that will be displayed on public transport throughout the festival.

[Copyright EL PAÍS 2008]

Subject: Spanish news

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