25 Nov 2016 - 27 Nov 2016

Mumbai | Poets Translating Poets Festival

poetstranslating Poets Translating Poets Festival takes place in Mumbai 25-27 November, on the theme of LANGUAGE | IMAGE | SOUND . The festival is the culmination of a  two-year-long project initiated by the Goethe-Institut Mumbai along with the Goethe-Institutes in South Asia. A celebration of all things poetry, the festival features 20 Languages | 51 Poets | 187 Poems | 280 Translations  The Poets Translating Poets Festival is a three day extravaganza, exploring ideas of diversity, identity, and multiculturalism through poetry, nudging at the boundaries between poetry and other forms of art, as well as a celebration of poetry in performance. The festival will create a platform for contemporary poets from South Asia – Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka – and Germany, featuring readings and the translation of each other’s works. In October 2014, the Poets Translating Poets project was initiated by the Goethe-Institut Mumbai along with the Goethe-Institutes in South Asia, and in collaboration with the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin / Haus für Poesie. The vision was to transcend boundaries of language and culture, through the act of translation and poetry. The project was aimed at creating a platform for poets from South Asia and Germany to translate each other’s works. Over the last year and a half, contemporary poetry from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka was translated into German by well-known German poets, and vice versa. This is the first time that contemporary German poetry has been translated into South Asian languages at such a scale and vice versa. The fruits of these ‘poetry encounters’ – the original poems and translations, as well as photos and audio recordings – are available online, on an extensive website that is documenting this project in order to make the work available freely and in the public domain The culmination of this project is a celebration of all things poetry at the Poets Translating Poets Festival this November. A satellite festival is also being planned in Chennai immediately after the one in Mumbai, that will feature 15 of the 51 poets.