Tue 16 Feb 21
StAnza, Scotland's International Poetry Festival will mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the Soviet Union as a political unit with a focus on languages from countries of the former Eastern Bloc under the title Beyond the Iron Curtain. The 2021 programme will feature poets and events dedicated to languages of Ukraine, Georgia, Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany and North Macedonia. As well as showcasing poets working in languages from these countries, including minority languages and dialects, the festival will have a selection of installations and online exhibitions, giving audiences an insight into the poetry scene and touching on some of the recent unrest from this part of the world.
A number of award winning poets will be among the big names from the literary world reading and performing at StAnza next month as part of the Beyond the iron Curtain programme including Kateryna Babkina, Ilya Kaminsky, Lyuba Yakimchuk, Bela Chekurishvili, Eta Dahlia, Marina Kazakova, Maria Stepanova, Volha Hapeyeva, Valzhyna Mort, Ligija Purinaša, Adam Zagajewski and many others. As well as individual poets, the festival programme also includes various events celebrating poetry and culture from these countries.
Festival Director Eleanor Livingstone said: "We’re delighted to be marking the 30th anniversary of the end of the Soviet Union as a political unit with a focus on poetry from countries of the former Eastern Bloc under the title Beyond the Iron Curtain. We are delighted to offer a platform to a diverse range of poets from these countries to celebrate their culture as part of our first digital, hybrid festival.”
Viccy Adams, Literature Officer, Creative Scotland added: “Contemporary poetry in Scotland is a thriving, multi-lingual space which welcomes new voices as well as celebrating the achievements of our established poets. StAnza’s inventive and considerate programming offers something of interest to many communities, both at home and abroad, and the 2021 Festival will give us all a chance to escape briefly the ongoing implications of the pandemic, explore from our armchairs and enjoy the thrills of poetry in different languages, forms and collaborations. Creative Scotland is delighted to once again be supporting the Festival to bring the boldest and the most poignant voices of different generations together.”
StAnza traditionally focuses on two themes which interweave with each other to give each annual festival its own unique flavour. This year’s themes are fittingly ‘Make It New’ and ‘No Rhyme nor Reason’. StAnza is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland. Events are free but ticketed and places can be secured online.