Poetry brings down the borders of Europe

The European Poetry Festival burst back into live life with 7 remarkable events over 10 days celebrating collaboration and performance in contemporary literary and avant-garde European poetry. Poets from Hungary, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Slovenia, Latvia, Austria and all over Europe performed to packed venues across London, with nearly 500 people witnessing 60 brand new made-for-festival collaborative and commissioned readings and performances.

A wonderful celebration of contemporary Hungarian poetry saw a duo of Hungary’s most inventive and eminent contemporary poets come to London to present brand new collaborations with Britain-based counterparts alongside solo readings by European poets to a sold-out audience at the Liszt Institute's salon in Covent Garden.

Our Cultural Institute invited the Petri award-winning Anna Vados and Ferentz Anna Kata who is a member of the prestigious Young Writers Society to represent the home country at this year's event. The poets proved that Hungary's contemporary poetry stands its ground among the international literary sphere just as their predecessors did.

Photo credits: Alexander Kell