We're delighted to invite you to this year's poetry festival which is the largest of it's kind in the Nordic countries. We're thrilled to have 23 artists from Jamaica, USA, Macedonia, Czech republic, South-Africa and Denmark on the program. As always the main emphasis is on readings carrying the visions of poets.
Oslo international poetry festival gives the audience an unique opportunity to meet the best of Norwegian and international poets and hear and listen and experience the poetry in person. The festival will be opening in the traditional way with an evening of poetry from around the world which shows the diversity of contemporary poetry ranging from conventional poetry to sound poetry. The poets appearing are Ishion Hutchinson (Jamaica/USA), Katie Ford (USA), Tone Hødnebø (Norway), Asta Olivia Nordenhof (Denmark), Karin Moe (Norway), Nikola Madzirov (Macedonia) and Kei Miller (Jamaica/UK) together with this year's Festival Musicians Rolf-Erik Nystrøm and Juliana Venter (South-Africa) along with the performance group EKTE FOLK.
The 11th Oslo poesifestival is dedicated to visions in poetry, the resources poetry exploits, the traditions it draws on and the future it invests in. Writing down the visions - to quote the title of one of Kei Miller's books - is what concerns several of the poets we have invited this year. They share with the reader a sensibility in which the sacred and the secular, belief and scepticism, and vision and analysis engage in profound and lively debate. They are all addressing political issues like the wars in Europe and abroad, postcolonialism and imperialism and question which has to do with race, gender and sexuality. Many of them also have a deep interest in their homeland's history, it's culture, oral tradition and social and religious rituals.