Poets of the world resist new outbreaks of poems in Sidi Bou Said


Tunisia – The sixth edition of the International Poetry Festival in Sidi Bou Said, the city that has become an annual poetry festival in the southern Mediterranean, will take place on Friday, June 14, with a gathering of poets from around the world for three days until June 16.

Twenty-two poets from 16 nationalities are participating in the new round of the festival, poets who have an important place in their cultures, such as Cuban Victor Rodriguez Nunes, who is today one of the most important poets of Latin America and who is visiting Tunisia for the first time.

As well as the Spanish Rakilla Ennis, who this year won the Critics Award in Spain. And Frenchman Christophe Manon, winner of the Literature Prize in France.

From Turkey, the prestigious Kurdish poet Bijan Matur, translated into more than 28 languages, Among the guests is the American poet Jack Hirschman, one of the world's giants of poetry.

In this year's session, poets from different nationalities are also present: poets Abdel Wahab Al-Arid from Saudi Arabia, Adrian Grima from Malta, Bijan Matur from Turkey, Philippe Ribataz from Switzerland, Zaher Al-Ghafri from Oman, Samira Narkuch from Algeria, Mohammed Al-Haraz of Saudi Arabia, Lyudmila Diachenko of Ocarania, Ghada Khalil of Jordan of Palestinian origin, Francesca Sernioli of Italy, Christophe Manon of France, Ala Hussein of Egypt, Abdel Rahim Al-Khasar of Morocco, Raquel Anasirus of Spain and of Tunis poets Anwar Yazidi , Kamal Faqah, Inas Abbasi, and Lamia Al Presented.

Faced with the upsurge in new outbreaks of hate, racism and violence, poetry tries to recall Brecht's saying, "How hard it is to be evil."

The festival was adopted by the World Poetry Organization, headed by Colombian Fernando Rendon, director of the Medlin Poetry Festival, and decided to put the new session under the theme "Poetry in the face of new outbreaks."

Moez Majed: The festival is a permanent act through which we continue to defend poetry and beauty
Moez Majed: The festival is a permanent act through which we continue to defend poetry and beauty

The festival continues in the same progressive and innovative vision of the poetic discourse outside the prevailing systems that choke poetry into a consumptive substance without spirit. Therefore, the festival places poets in open spaces that restore poetry to its vitality and its living link to people.

Poets will read their poems for three days, accompanied by translators and musicians, in cafes, public squares and museums, in a poetry exit from closed spaces, which the festival has successfully conducted, to broadcast poetry on the streets and among people without barriers.

In an interview with the Tunisian poet Moez Majid, director of the Sidi Bou Said International Festival of Poetry, he spoke about the merit of poetry in defending people's issues today, so that the festival will take the path of resisting the new outbreaks. "When the refractions break down and all hope seems to have disappeared, Only then can hair be radiated by a bright truth. Every time many believe that poetry is over and that it is no longer useful and every time the hair comes hope and from it emerges the pulse of life that we have disappeared. "

Over the past five sessions, the festival has established a different scene of poetry, peace, integration and enlightenment away from the old evocations of other events. "Our festival has proved that it is possible to create a world-renowned poetry event in our region. We work year after year to build a poetic history that will consolidate and become a pride for the country, its people and one of its cultural weapons. The secret in this is the commitment to credibility and the value of programming. "

The organizers of this year's festival have struggled with funding. The ministries still have an old lobby that wants an ancient culture and ancient poetry. Some parties only finance the old demonstrations with huge sums and ignore the renewed protests.

"I do not know if we can talk about a lobby and a systematic will to perpetuate mediocrity," Majid told the Arabs. "I hope that is not the case. Unfortunately, the ministries are purely administrative entities and they are still practicing cultural work on outdated bases and a vision devoid of any strategy, which makes a large number of their achievements useless. But there are smart and intelligent people in some departments, which saves the situation. But it could have been much better than what was achieved. "

The festival of Sidi Bou Said, the world-renowned Tunisian city, has become an integrated project, and this year it will have poetry releases to be presented within its activities. On the next steps to make the festival a permanent reality, Majid admits that since last year, the festival has overtaken the idea of ​​a wedding lasting for days And decided to contribute to enriching the poetic movement in Tunisia by supporting the publication of books of high poetic value, and this is what we did with the publication of my book "The Man of Magnases" by Sabri al-Rahmouni and "Gharqy Jablion" by Muhammad Nasser Al-Moulhi.

"If we can get enough support, the festival has a project to launch a poetry residency program in Tunisia and to partner with international centers on the subject."

As for the obstacles facing them in organizing the festival and about ways to avoid it, Majid says to the "Arabs" that "the obstacles are purely material. Every year we can not say whether the festival will continue because we do not enjoy the material support that guarantees us continuity and work to develop it. We hope to reach real partnerships that allow us to look for the long term. "In the meantime, we continue to defend poetry and beauty."


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