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Stockholm International Poetry Festival + Gurlesque? Yes Please!
Our friend Johannes Göransson alerted us to this supremely excellent festival taking place in Sweden, the Stockholm International Poetry Festival. This year’s theme is Gurlesque. He translates the festival’s description as follows:
In the age of Pussy Riot, poets from around the planet are sharpening their pens against the media’s portrayal of women’s role in society. “Gurlesque” is a feminist movement in literature that expresses femininity and sugar-sweet cuteness as well as grotesqueries and violence. It is a maximalist aesthetic that mixes high and low culture, obscenity and artifice, kitsch and disgust. It blends strains of Riot Grrl and the harajuku, Disney flicks and splatter films, mixes HC Anderson with Sylvia Plath.
From the website’s English translation, a description of the festival:
Stockholm International Poetry Festival
Founded in 1997 and inaugurated by Tomas Tranströmer – recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2011 – the Stockholm International Poetry Festival is an annual event organized by 10TAL. The festival is the single most recognized poetry festival in Scandinavia; it is a meeting point where international poets are introduced to the Swedish audience. With the Stockholm International Poetry Festival 10TAL presents the most important, engaging and creative poetry being written in the world today.
The Stockholm International Poetry Festival, hosted at the Royal Dramatic Theatre and at the Stockholm City Theatre, springs from a wish for poetry to take new shapes and directions by giving it a scenic expression. The festival serves as a melting pot where the written word meets music, dance and performance, and creates something new.