Wiersze w Metrze - Poems in the Underground
The main objective of Wiersze w Metrze campaign is to promote contemporary poetry through showcasing it in the metro and in urban spaces all around the world. The first three editions, which took part in Warsaw in 2008-2010, focused on modern European poetry. In 2011, within the framework of the Polish EU Presidency, contemporary Polish poets and their poetry were not only present in Warsaw, but also in 8 cities outside Poland: London, Paris, Madrid, Kiev (see photo), Beijing, Tokyo, Brussels and Luxembourg.
Poetry exhibitions on the underground were accompanied by meetings with authors, happenings, a haiku competition, Spoke’n’Word on Tour performance poetry festival, slam workshops and a promotional campaign.
The Wiersze w Metrze campaign was initiated by the Book Institute in Warsaw and British Council. The campaign was inspired by similar projects taking place in Dublin, Paris, New York, Barcelona, Stockholm, Stuttgart and Moscow, and above all Poems on the Underground, which has been regularly taking place in London since 1986.
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