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