Quamruzzaman to participate in Medellin Int’l Poetry Fest

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 22:29, Sep 20,2020


Quamruzzaman Swapan

Poet Quamruzzaman Swapan is going to participate in the 30th Medellin International Poetry Festival, a 70-day poetry event, on October 10.

The festival commenced virtually on August 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Medellin International Poetry Festival, one of the largest and prestigious poetry festivals in the world, began its journey in 1991. The event was organised for the first time by thirteen people connected with the literary magazine Prometeo protesting at the political violence and hatred prevailing in Colombia and especially in Medellin.

The poetry festival was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for creating a safe space for communities ravaged by violence so that they could come together through art in 2006.

A total of 191 poets from 103 countries are participating in the 30th Medellin International Poetry Festival, which will conclude on October 10.

‘I am delighted and honoured to be invited to the Medellin International Poetry Festival. I will recite 17 poems penned by me at the festival. I will recite seven poems in Bangla and 10 translated into English,’ poet Quamruzzaman Swapan, also co-ordinator of World Poetry Movement Bangladesh Chapter,’ told New Age.

‘Earlier, I have participated in the Asian Poetry Festival. The Medellin International Poetry Festival is one of the leading poetry events in the world. Bangladeshi poet Aminur Rahman will also participate in the event,’ added Quamruzzaman.

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