Poetry Moon literature festival will take place from 19th to 24th August 2021 under the theme “Forest”. The Main venues of the festival are Tiivistämö at Suvilahti and the Oodi Helsinki Central Library. The program of the festival consists of evening club events and literature themed discussions. The current covid-19 situation will be taken into account in all arrangements and all events will be live streamed. In case of tight restrictions in August, the festival will be arranged only in remote mode.
In the program the theme ”Forest” takes different forms. The festival offers for example poetry performance by poet Raisa Marjamäki in the forest and discussions arranged by Selja Ahava and Emma Puikkonen under the title ”Animal, landscape, novel” in which the means of both novel and play are discussed in representing the nature. The theme continues in the final event of the festival on 24th August in the performance “Crushing” by Katri Naukari and Janne Myllymäki, dealing with human kind’s contradictory relationship to nature.
Poetry Moon Festival presents also international guests, depending on the prevailing restrictions to travelling in August either live in Helsinki or via video connection. This year the festival has invited for example American poet James Meetze, French prose writer Eric Vuillard, Germany based Finnish experimental poet Cia Rinne, German writers Iris Hanika and Lea Sauer, Austrian poet Judith Nika Pfeifer and Estonian poet and writer Jan Kaus.
Prose is in big role at the festival this year. Friday 20th August at the Nuori/Voima event Niillas Holmberg and Anni Kytömäki meet and read together their novels Halla Helle and Margarita. Contemporary poetry is presented by for example Vilja-Tuulia Huotarinen, Kaija Rantakari, Sini Silveri, Saad Hadi, Nihkee Akka and Pauli Tapio. The festival hosts also this year the legendary Poetry on Rails campaign bringing contemporary poems under the theme “Forest” in undergrounds and trams of Helsinki during the festival days. The series is curated by poet Henriikka Tavi.
Poetry Moon is partner festival of the Helsinki Festival. Most of the program is free of charge. The tickets to the evening events will be available in August. The program is arranged partly in English and partly in Finnish.