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04 · 04 · 2019

Michael Strunge in Warsaw – Poems in the City 2019

Poems in the City spreads love all around Warsaw



Twenty poems will overtake Warsaw thanks to the third edition of the project Poems in the City. The subject of this year’s edition is love, providing a contrast to aggression and these years’ heated discussions about hate speech. With the 2019 Poems in the City love will overtake the city in April.


Poetry in its essence is a unique type of communication, and this time it will become a bold manifestation of the language of love. In over 100 Warsaw cafes, bookstores and libraries there will be 30,000 postcards with poetry.


Among the represented poems are one by Michael Strunge, translated by the director of DCI in Poland Bogusława Sochańska. The Strunge poem comes from his debut volume Livets hastighed.


Michael Strunge (1958-86) has cult status when it comes to the Danish poetry of the 1980s and authored eleven volumes of poetry. He was the central figure in the literary movement against the politically-engaged literature of the 1970s, partly inspired by punk culture. So far, his work has not been known in Poland.



Poems in the City

April 1st-30th

At bus stops, cafes, clubs, book shops and libraries all around Warsaw.



7th April 2019, 12:00, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art – Laboratory, Jazdów 2a street. Free entrance, no prior enrollment, limited number of places.


„20 poems about love. European poetry”

8th of April 2019, 19:00 8 kwietnia 2019 roku, 19:00, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art – Laboratory, ul. Jazdów 2a, Free entrance, for free tickets click here: 20wierszy.evenea.pl


Organizers: European institutes of culture and cultural branches of embassies associated in EUNIC Warsaw: Austrian Cultural Forum, British Council, Instituto Camões, Cervantes Institute in Warsaw, Czech Centre, Danish Cultural Institute, Estonian Embassy, General Representation of the Government of Flanders at the Belgian Embassy, Goethe-Institut, Embassy of Ireland, Embassy of Malta, Embassy of Netherlands, Embassy of Luxembourg, Romanian Cultural Institute, Slovakian Institute, Hungarian Cultural Institute, Italian Cultural Institute, Yunus Emre Enstitüsü

Co-organizer: City of Warsaw

Partners: The European Commission Representation in Poland, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art



Photo: Michael Strunge