On the initiative of Versopolis – a platform connecting European poetic and literary festivals, the Hope Festival takes place from April 23rd – 30th. – Hope is a key concept of imagining a different, better future in the most difficult, unpredictable and challenging times – describe the organizers. The festival will start on April 23rd, on the World Book and Copyright Day, at 6pm with a conversation with authors from Slovenia, India, China and the United States. All debates and materials accompanying the Hope Festival can be found at: https://www.versopolis.com/festival-of-hope.

The European Poet of Freedom Festival organized by the City Culture Institute belongs for several years now to Versopolis network, that promotes European poetry through multilingual literary translations, organizing visits of poets at festivals, publishing poetry volumes, running website with reviews and critique of European poetry.

-”I hope” – in the last few months many conversations, messages, e-mails or letters are starting with those words. Hope is the last, ultimate aspiration that gets trapped in a Pandora’s box after releasing evil among people. – organizers from Versopolis talk about the idea of Hope Festival.

Together with forty partners from 25 countries around the world, a diverse literary and poetic community will visit the Versopolis platform (https://www.versopolis.com/festival-of-hope). Partners have created new, valuable content as well as carefully selected content that deserves to be shared in those times with global audience. An intensive literary program will take place on the available digital channels of Versopolis and its partners. It will start with a discussion on the World Book Day (April 23th, at 6pm).  Versopolis organized the first global festival of virtual poetry, that speaks about hope, future and possibilities. It is not about sowing false optimism, but about high-quality content that answers the most pressing questions.

The festival will start with a discussion panel on Thursday, April 23rd at 6pm. Ales Steger (Versopolis, Slovenia), Yan Lian (author, China), Carolyn Forche (author, USA) and Sharmistha Mohanty (poet, India) will talk about hope.

The Hope Festival takes place on Versopolis website: https://www.versopolis.com/festival-of-hope.

The main program will be available online in the daily program from April 24th to April 30th.

Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/228717398437660.