Poetry From The 21ST Century- Conference

the Institute for Experimental Arts organizes the

International Digital Conference

The present and the future of poetry

SUNDAY 8th October 2023


The conference will take place online and will include curators and organizers from some of the most active poetry and video poetry festivals in the world. 

The goal of our conference is to open creative dialogue, a platform to share visions and ideas, problems and solutions, exchange experiences, and creative ways of collaboration. Therefore, taking into account your experience and competence, we would like to organize two round table sessions in which your role will be highlighted. This conversation will look into the challenges that video-poetry and literary festivals face nowadays and what will be the future of this type of events.

Conceived and presented by the members of the Institute for Experimental Arts and supported by the Greek Ministry of Culture,  this is a conference that we hope will result in collaborations and deepening of our understanding about poetry in the 21st century. 

The conference will be led by Tasos Sagris, art director of the Institute for Experimental Arts and coordinated by Sissy Doutsiou, curator of the International Video Poetry Festival.TIMELINE

12:00- 13:00 Introduction. Brief presentation and aims of your festival

13:00- 14:00 Introduction of your local poetry scene from an international perspective (poets, publications, magazines)

14:00- 16:00 Problems and solutions, proposals of exchanges and collaborations


Cadence Video Poetry Festival

Cadence approaches video poetry as a literary genre presented as visual media that makes new meaning from the combination of text and moving image. Featuring screenings, an artist residency, generative workshops for youth and adults, and juried awards, the festival fosters critical and creative growth around the medium of video poetry.

Brussels Planetarium Poetry Fest

Every year our capital city is the scene of the unique gathering of national and international experimental poets under (and on) the dome of the Planetarium: the Brussels Planetarium Poetry Fest (BPPF)

Weimar Poetry Film Award

The International Poetry Film Festival of Thuringia is an annual festival dedicated to the genres of poetry film and video poetry. The center of the festival is the presentation of the Weimar Poetry Film Award at the Lichhaus cinema. The festival wants to stimulate and perpetuate the exchange between literature and media art, between filmmakers and authors in Thuringia and Central Germany. Weimar is a place of literature and art, and a city of great poets and poetry. It lends itself particularly well to such an ambition. The festival is characterized by the close connection between an international competition, its own film production, and the Poetry film magazine.

The Film and Video Poetry Society

The Film and Video Poetry Society (FVPS or FVPSociety) mission is to encourage poets to further their ongoing explorations within the fields of filmmaking, video, digital, and media art. Our platform celebrates the convergence of these fields and we will provide a space for these artists and practitioners to activate, collaborate, discuss, and maintain creative work. FVPSociety will embrace alternative modes of story form such as; though not limited to, Essay Film, Epistolary Cinema, and Intercultural Cinema. We acknowledge Artists’ Moving Image and Experimental Filmmaking as fundamental practices within our community and will continue to develop outreach through the lens of all these art forms.

European Poetry Festival

The European Poetry Festival is the biggest consistent celebration of continental poetry in the UK, ever. For six years as a festival, and a decade as an event series, over 1000 European poets have performed new collaborations across the British Isles. The festival celebrates, in the UK and beyond, the grand resurgence in avant-garde and literary poetry that has marked the 21st century across Europe and it aims to not only innovate what a live poetry experience might be, but to inculcate community and engagement between poets across the continent, as well as between new audiences and complex poetries.

Versopolis Review

Versopolis was founded in 2014 as a European poetry platform that builds novel opportunities for emerging European poets. It envisages continuation of cooperation and growth, given that it was selected from two open calls within the Support for European Platforms initiative by Creative Europe. 

Art Visuals & Poetry Film Festival Vienna

International Poetry Film Festival founded in 2013. The festival is dedicated to all genres of poetry short films. experimentals, schrift films, animations and essay films. Main competition for German speaking countries. International competition after a given festival poem. In addition curated side program with international films, readings & lectures. The Art Visuals & Poetry Film Festival will take place November 14 – 17, 2023 at Künstlerhaus Vienna.

Ó Bhéal Winter Warmer Poetry Festival

Ó Bhéal’s Winter Warmer poetry festival (since 2013) aims to present a range of contemporary poets and related art forms (poetry-films, poetry fused with other arts, etc) to public audiences over three days each November. Ó Bhéal undertakes to deliver the festival in truly hybrid fashion, simultaneously in-person and online, so that these events are accessible to anyone, both during and after the festival has taken place.

Irish Poetry Films for REEL Poetry Houston

REELpoetry/HoustonTX 2024 is an international, curated, hybrid poetry film festival taking place online APRIL 1-4 and in person APRIL 5-7, 2024. We explore the intersection of poetry and film or video with artists working solo or collaboratively, on a cell phone or in a studio, with new or remixed or previously created work. Everyone worldwide is invited to submit their best work, created in the past or the present, up to a maximum of 6 minutes

International Video Poetry Festival

The International Video Poetry Festival in Athens attempts to create an open public space for the creative expression of all tendencies and streams of contemporary visual poetry. The IVPF has been around since 2011. It is one of the largest international platform for video poetry. Every year, it offers poets, film directors, video artists and festival makers from all over the world a platform for creative exchange, brainstorming and meeting with a broad audience. With poetry readings, live performances, concerts, retrospectives, exhibitions, performances, workshops and lectures present in various sections the diversity of the genre of video poetry and spoken word music.

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The Institute for Experimental Arts was founded in 2008 in Athens- Greece as a non-profit platform of creative expression and research in the fields of theater, performance art, digital media, installation, poetry and art theory. The Institute is committed to existing as an open meeting point for poets-writers, directors, actors, theater engineers/ technicians, performance artists, photographers, video artists and the writers who develop new analytical tools on contemporary art, media & communication.