[3,4 Dec 2011] 16e Festival International de Poésie

Added on by Saori Fukasawa.

12月3・4日に開催された 16e Festival International de Poésie より。



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会場:à l’heure bleue à Saint-Martin-d’Hères

Maison de la Poésie 主催の年に一度の国際詩祭「第16回 Festival International de Poésie」が二日間にわたり開催されます。フランス国内からの参加に加え、今年はわたしを含め外国(カナダ・モロッコ)より三名、総勢35名の詩人の声が会場空間を占拠します。朗読の他にもワークショップ、インタビュー、ディスカッション等盛りだくさん、詩に没頭する二日間の大祭典です。

From the 16e Festival International de Poésie on December 3-4th.
As the site was packed with many different people, this carnival of poetry celebrated the Poésie and provided a meeting place for the various invited poets and publishers.
The first day started with a presentation of poetry by students from local schools. And after a number of study sessions, workshops were held by the invited poets.
It was a massive landscape of poetry with poets everywhere. During the lunch break, I was reunited with El Amraoui Mohammed (photo below). At the table, we shared stories of our recent experiences with Brigitte Daïan, the president of Maison de la Poésie.

On the second day, the festival continued with more than thirty poets giving different style readings.
At six thirty in the afternoon I was called by the emcee, Katia Bouchoueva, and went up on stage. After my first reading, the energetic shouts of “Bravo” from the audience heated up the air, which then led to the second poem, “The World Like A Blinking Mosaic”, to finish with a standing ovation.
This time around there were no instruments, other than my own voice, to accompany my poetry. But afterwards an audience member reminded me that the Japanese language is music in itself, which made my reading feel even more natural and magical.

There were many encounters with poets from around the world initiated by poetry.  Someday I hope that our paths of drifting through this ocean of poetry will cross again here.

Event Information

Time & Date: 03 December 9:30-23:00, 04 December 14:00-19:00
Place: à l’heure bleue à Saint-Martin-d’Hères
Entrance Fee: FREE 

The poetry international festival held once a year by Maison de la Poésie, “16e Festival International de Poésie” will take place during the two days. This year, there will be the invited poets from France and also three poets from overseas (Canada and Moroc) including myself. Beside the poetry readings, workshops, interviews and discussions etc. will also be welcoming public. I will be between18:00 - 19:00 on 4th December in a group of poets.