Migration, climate crisis, Brexit, Aleppo, terror, Trump. What to do? What can we do? Are we feeling powerless, paralyzed?

Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers. The question of what to do with the feelings that have been aroused, the knowledge that has been communicated. If one feels that there is nothing ‘we’ can do — but who is that ‘we’? — and nothing ‘they’ can do either — and who are ‘they’ — then one starts to get bored, cynical, apathetic.
— Susan Sontag

Does a feeling of powerlessness turn into apathy or activism? And is the function of poetry to assess the apathy - or is it a call to activistic intervention? Does poetry have a function? This year, REVERSE will present poets and artists that work in the tension between apathy and activism, between pathos and politics, and between past and identity - as well as artistic communities that work to mobilize collective action.

The theme for REVERSE 2017 is "Don't mourn - organize".

Welcome to four days with readings, debates, audiovisual and interactive art installations, performances and concerts.

Mark the dates: 31.08 - 03.09.

Introducing #toilit

We - REVERSE - think poetry is everywhere. In all kinds of places and spaces. In the air we breathe, the food we eat, the sound of a heartbeat. And of course in our most private space: the bathroom. That's why we're introducing #toilit. A competiton. Next time you're in a toilet - at a cafe or bar, at home, at school, at your favorite festival - and see a poem, take a picture and use the hashtag #toilit. And follow our instagram where we'll also post some great ones. The best picture/poem will receive a grandious present at REVERSE 2017. Ready, set, pee!

@reversecph #reversecph


REVERSE was born in 2014, as a revival of the International Poetry Festival held in LiteraturHaus since 2006. REVERSE is located at Nørrebro, Copenhagen. It’s a festival that focusses on the diversity of poetry: poetry as play, as experimentation and as subversive. It’s a festival that’s curious about how poetry manifests itself across borders. How poetry challenges our ways of looking at, using, misusing language - how poetry is an important voice in the dialogue about our relation to the world, to one another and our self. 

REVERSE 2017 is made possible by the support of: Statens Kunstfond, A.P. Møller & Nordisk Kulturfond