antiBABYLON 2022 - Ukrainian event
DO 24.11, 19H ACUD Studio
The name of the project refers to the story of the Tower of Babel. During its construction God mixed up the languages of people so they could not understand each other and could not build the tower to the sky. Some may interpret this story using the symbols of paternalism, oppression and aggression. But this is exactly what we stand against.
Unlike the heroes of the legend, we do not want to build a tower, the symbol of a rigid vertical hierarchy; we would like to create a free and safe space of horizontal communication, assuming that the art of poetry is capable of overcoming linguistic and cultural barriers.
But is it? How free is the poetry word? What are the themes that exsite contemporary poets*? Do they want to appeal directly to readers/listeners/viewers, or do they rather want to stay within their professional environment? Can modern poetry be an adequate tool for a critical examination of reality?
We don't have the answers, we ask the questions. In our project we invite participants to try to find a common poetic language and present the results of their creative search to the public.
It is the first edition of the antiBabylon poetry project that will be held in five countries which used to be under the Soviet influence (Georgia, Armenia, Moldova, Ukraine, and Germany) and invites poetesses and poets interested in performance poetry, spoken word poetry and developing their communication skills in an international poetry environment.
The aim of the antiBabylon 2022 project is to create a free multilingual poetic space - with a horizontal structure and an inherently international component. Essential is the comprehension of a unique linguistic identity which does not divide, but unites as well as an anti-imperialist state of mind. The project is organized by the Berlin-based international NGO "PANDA platforma" with the support of the German Foreign Office and takes place in cooperation with local partner organizations, such as Goethe Institut im Exil.
Partner countries: Georgia, Armenia, Moldova, Ukraine and Germany
This event is a part of the creative tour of the project team. During this event, the results of a 1 month multilingual poetry lab will be presented, with the selected participants and jury members from the five countries, this time with an emphasis on Ukrainian language. Prepare to dive into an evening full of spoken word and performance poetry flowing between languages, countries and stories.