“International Forum of Young Poetesses” is an project
implemented by “Great Silk Way” International Youth Union. The Forum is aimed at creating a space for young and talented female
poets from the countries, historically connected with cultural bounds of the
Silk Road, for self-expression, exchange and discussions on common challenges.
The 21st of March
was declared by UNESCO as the World Poetry Day. The purpose of the day is to
promote the reading, writing, publicizing (propaganda) and teaching skills of poetry throughout the world. Deriving from the
above-mentioned fact, the UNESCO session ‘giving fresh recognition and impetus
to national, regional and international poetry movements and one of the core
objectives of promoting mutual understanding and dialogue among young people, “Great Silk
Way” International Youth Union annually organizes the International Forum of
The first forum was held on 26-28 April 2013 in Baku,
Azerbaijan. Young poetesses from 20 countries of Silk Road participated at the
forum. During 2 days participants shared their pieces of poetry in the native
language, which was also available in English translation for the audience. The
following day participants engaged in working groups which were the following:
role of poetesses in strengthening intercultural dialogue
as a stream in literature
literature: modern ways of self-expression
The Forum concluded with a Declaration adopted by the
participants which addressed the discussed issues.
It is worth mentioning, that the project was awarded
as The Best Cross-Border Project 2013 in the category of “Culture” implemented
in the Eastern Partnership region, within the framework of the Eastern
Partnership Initiative’s Congress on 1-3 October, in Lublin, Poland.
The 2nd International Forum of Young
Poetesses took place on March 12-15, 2014. The second Forum managed to cause a
great interest of more than 130 applicants from 28 countries. Finally, 23
poetesses arrived in Baku, performed their poems, had a press-conference, had
meetings with poets and writers at the Azerbaijani Writers Union. The
participants continued the Forum with workshops on 2 topics which were
moderated by such prominent writers of modern era as Chingiz Abdullaev, Gunel
Anarqizi. The following topics were discussed within the framework of Forum:
cultural diversity from women’s perspective.
tendencies in 21st century – traditional and online literature.
for peace in modern literature.
objectives of the project are the followings:
1. To initiate a space for intercultural dialogue between young people
2. Contribute to mutual understanding
among young people to raise awareness on non-traditional
streams in literature
3. To create a network among young artists from
different countries with similar background
Poetesses aged 18-35 can participate
in the forum. Original pieces of their work should be delivered in their native
languages; however, the attachments of translation into English are mandatory.
There is no fixed subject for the poems delivered by the poetesses as well as
the limit in length.
The forum will consist of 3 days:
1. The first day will include various
cultural programs, sightseeing and leisure.
2. The second day of the Forum will
include the official opening ceremony, with participation of famous poets,
writers and public figures, alongside with presentations of works of
participants. Second half of the day will be dedicated to thematic sessions on
specific topics with attendance of participants. The thematic sessions will be
moderated by famous men of the pen, public figures and will provide with
opportunity of sharing views, challenges and brainstorming on new ideas.
3. The third day of the Forum will
give an opportunity to participants to have meetings with various writers,
poets and their peers to share their work with them and discuss literature.
Only English speaking poetesses with the pieces of work published locally
will have a chance to participate at the forum.
Poetesses aged 18-35 from all countries in Europe, Asia and MENA
countries are eligible to apply.
Travel costs of participants to and from Baku, as well
as accommodation and meal expenses are covered by host organization. Travel
costs will be reimbursed after arrival of participants in Baku upon presenting
the original receipts of all the payments. The host organization provides
participants with all the necessary documents for obtaining visa.
Application form can be downloaded from here: http://bit.ly/1EsqO1M
forms, together with the poem to be presented by participant (in original and
English languages) must be sent to [email protected] by March 1th, 2015.