What happens in an european capital of culture?
A lot of cultural events I suppose.
A part of which really matter.
The international festival of poetry Orpheus was one of those - it gathered poets from 3 continents in the eternal Plovdiv.
The little basilica was the home of the festival where among the ancient mosaics, poems in 14 languages were read.
The American poet George Wallas and the Turkish poet Tozan Alkan got the big award "Orpheus" for overall performance.
The awards were given by the Minister of culture of Macedonia Robert Alagiozovski and the General consul of Turkey Husein Ergani.
The awards "Lyre of Orpheus" for best poem went to Riki Daskal (Israel) for Song for the stones and Poul Lingaard Damgaard (Denmark) for Dear city. The awards were given by the Deputy Minister of culture of Bulgaria Amelia Gesheva and the member of the parliament Dimitar Lazarov.
The awards "Euridice" for best romantic poem went to Nicole Barriere (France) and Geuseppe Neapolitano (Italy). The awards were given by the mayor of the southern district of Plovdiv Borislav Inchev and the manager of the festival Elka Dimitrova PhD.
The two awards for the writer's forum "The figure of Orpheus - between myth and moment" went to Laure Cambo (France) and Elena Divarova (Bulgaria). The awards were presented by the director of the festival Anton Baev. The essays and poems from the writer's forum will be released in a bilingual book till the end of May.
All writings of the participants can be found in the multilanguage platform of the festival www.orpheus-plovdiv.eu
Till next time,