Thursday, 14 May 2015

Prague Microfestival 2015

I'm excited to be taking part in this year's (7th) edition of the Prague Microfestival, an international festival of innovative, intermedia and translocal poetry, taking place 18-20 May 2015:

"PMF’s aim is twofold: to invigorate the Czech literary scene with up-to-date creative impulses from abroad (so far, those have been linguistically experimental poetry, intermedia writing, conceptual poetry, poetry performance and poetry collective) and to put Prague back on the map of global avant-garde capitals." Read more about the festival, including its history, here.

I'll be taking part in two events, both on Tuesday 19 May:

1/ Being Translocal: Writing In-Between Spaces (tranzitdisplay, entry free / vstupné zdarma, language / jazyk: ENG): The writers Louis Armand (Prague), Christodoulos Makris (Dublin), Philip Hammial (Sydney) and Donna Stonecipher (Berlin) discuss writing in-between the national literatures, i.e. writing as a translocal writer. Moderated by David Vichnar and Olga Pek.
Start time: 16.00

2/ Conceptual Music and Text Night (Theatre NOD, entry 80 Kč, language: CZ & ENG): The second PMF night will start off with the Australian avant-gardist Philip Hammial and a reading incorporating a live mass-collaboration Twitter poem by the Ireland-based Cypriot Christodoulos Makris. The second half of the evening comprises a unique series of verbal compositions, classical singing and experimental music by Samuel Vriezen from Netherlands and Ian Mikyska from Prague, two composers who will be accompanied by the improvisation collective Startocluster. The composition "A House for Hanne Darboven," with text by Louis Armand, will be performed as a homage to the German conceptual artist. The night wraps up with indie-folk by TEVE.
Start time: 19.00

The full programme and accompanying events include some amazing writers and artists from Europe and beyond. Massive thanks to festival director Olga Pek for the invitation, and to her organising team. Thanks also to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for supporting my participation.

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