Calling all patrons of prose, advocates of alliteration and those who appreciate all-round good form; the Genoa International Poetry Festival is ready for you.
- When? 8th - 18th June 2017
- Where? Genoa
- Price: TBC - prices vary, some free
Founded by the poet Claudio Pozzani in 1995, the Genoa International Poetry Festival is considered the most important event in Italy for those well-versed in verse.
Every year, set against the backdrop of beautiful and bustling Genoa, the Festival puts on over one hundred free events such as performances, concerts, and workshops across more than 30 locations - commandeering the picturesque beaches, parks and historical buildings in the process.
The festival draws crowds of roughly 30,000 poetry buffs each June, with stand-out events ‘Bloomsday’ on the 16th and the ‘Night of Poetry’ on the first Friday, established as firm crowd favourites.
In its 20 plus year history, the festival has attracted over 1,200 poets from 83 countries, including Nobel Prize winners Walcott, Soyinka, Coetzee and Milosz. This illustrious list is regularly supplemented by stars from other genres of expression. In the past, the Festival has seen performances by more generalist musicians too such as the legendary Lou Reed, Ray Manzarek of The Doors, ever-popular Paco Ibanez.
So as you can see, this mecca of literary expression would make the perfect trip for any poetry enthusiast.
- Get there: Use the metro to travel to the festival, it is well-connected to the city's main areas.
- Stay: The Foce ans Carignano areas are ideally located on the waterfront.
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