Bersong Euro-Pinoy: Live European and Filipino Poetry Festival May 27


The charm and romance of European and Filipino languages ​​continues this year with the release of “Bersong Euro-Pinoy” via the EU Delegation’s Facebook account on Friday 27 May 2022 from 4pm to 6pm.

In collaboration with the embassies of Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany (and the German Academic Exchange Service), Ireland, Spain (and the Instituto Cervantes), France (and the Alliance French), Italy (and the Filipino-Italian Association), Austria and Poland, and the University of Santo Tomas, the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines is organizing a poetry recital “Bersong Euro- Pinoy, “Pagkakaisa, Pag-asa”.

The poetry festival is part of the Viva Europa cultural programme, in commemoration of Europe Day, which took place on 9 May.

European Union Ambassador Luc Véron said the poetry recital highlights the importance of unity and hope as the world recovers from the pandemic.

A brainchild of the Instituto Cervantes, it used to be held as part of “Dia del Libro” bringing together all diplomats and literature enthusiasts from embassies and cultural institutes of EU Member States and the EU Delegation in the Phillippines.

“Doordeweeks” (On Weekdays) will be recited by its author, the Belgian poet Mustafa Kor. Mustafa Kör is the 5th poet laureate (national poet) of Belgium after his predecessor, Carl Norac, whom the Embassy was also able to present last year in the Bersong EuroPinoy. Norac dedicated last year’s poem to Kör (as his successor) entitled “For Mustafa, for Mustafa Kör”. Inaugurated on March 23, 2022, Kör has made it its mission to write poems inspired by all of Belgium, its history and its current events.

Renowned and award-winning poets from the University of Sto Tomas will recite their original works: Associate Professor Dr. Nerisa del Carmen, How to Speak to the Dead in the Garden; Dr. Joselito delos Reyes, Ang Init Na’to; assistant professor Ned Parfan, The Waves; Assistant Professor Paul Castillo, Para Lang Sa Langit;

Diplomats from the embassies of Belgium, Czechia, Germany/DAAD, Ireland, Spain/Instituto Cervantes Manila, France, Italy and the Italian Association of the Philippines, Austria and Poland will recite poems in their original language with English subtitles.

For the third consecutive year, Bersong Europinoy is joined by La Punta della Lingua, an international festival, based in Ancona, Italy, dedicated to “Total Poetry”. Since 2006, the festival continues to explore the possibilities of interaction between poetic texts and moving images, as well as other forms of hybridization of poetry with the web, theater, music and cinema.

This year, La Punta della Lingua will present the video-poem “Un adesso immenso” / An Immense Now, by Filippo Balestra and Alessio Bertallot. — As published

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