30th Medellin International Poetry Festival

El santo, oil painting by Pedro Ruiz (Colombia).

-June 13th to 20th, 2020-


With the participation of 100 poets and invited from more than 45 countries, 125 activities will be held, including poetry readings, concerts, workshops, conferences, conversations, panels and artistic interventions.

Up to this moment, the guests who have confirmed their attendance are: Hamid Larbi (Algelia), Hugo MujicaMaría Negroni (Argentina), Nigar Hasan-Zadeh (Azerbaijan), Quamruzzaman Swapan (Bangladesh), Sylvie Marie (Belgium), Ketty Nivyabandi (Burundi), Carlos Cociña (Chile), Jidi MajiaLi ShaojunLi YunMei Er, Cao Shui (Popular Republic of China), Rómulo Bustos, Jotamario ArbeláezCarlos Vásquez,  Javier Naranjo, Fernando Rendón, Alberto Vélez, Gabriel Jaime Franco, Jairo GuzmánLucía Estrada, Ela Cuavas, Fernando Linero, Yirama Castaño, Víctor Gaviria, Paula Andrea Pérez, León Vallejo, Ashanti Dinah Orozco, Ángela Acero, Jonatan Echeverri, Valentina Rojas, Laura Bastet Kali, Johanna Carvajal, Karla Jazmín Arango, Liliana Velasquez, Alejo Morales, Eliana Tabares (Colombia); DaGenius (Comoros Islands), Youssouf Athoumani (Comoros Islands); Julien Kilanga Musinde (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Arabella Salaverry (Costa Rica), Bronislava Volková (Czech Republic), Claus Ankersen (Denmark), Sandra de la Torre (Ecuador), Josué Andrés Moz (El Salvador), Richard Berengarten (England), Christos Koukis (Greece), Salvador Madrid (Honduras), Reshma Ramesh (India), Paul Muldoon (Ireland), Stefano Strazzabosco (Italy), Han Sun Rea (South Korea), Natasa Sardzoska (Macedonia), Antoine Cassar (Malta), Rocío Cerón (Mexico), Mohammed Bentalha (Morocco), Hadaa Sendoo (Mongolia), Sreten Vujovic (Montenegro), Marije Langelaar (Netherlands), Imdad Aakash (Pakistan), Giovanna Benedetti (Panama), Victoria Guerrero (Peru), Simeon Dumdum Jr., Ma Milagros T. Dumdum (Philippines), Luis Filipe Sarmento (Portugal), David Eggleton (Fiji Islands), Tudor Cretu (Rumania), Margarita Al (Russia), Victor Pelianagre (Russia), Dan Taulapapa (Samoa), Zolani Mkiva (South Africa) Ahmed-Al-Mulla (Saudi Arabia), Abdukakhor Kosimov (Tajikistan), Sabri Rahmouni (Tunisia), Ataol Behramoglu (Turkey), Pelin Batu (Turkey), Nurduran Duman (Turkey), Khulood Almualla (United Arab Emirates), Lyudmyla Diadchenko (Ukraine), Roberto Bianchi (Uruguay), Ernesto Román, Freddy Ñañez (Venezuela), Nguyen Quang Thieu (Vietnam), Tran Hung (Vietnam). They will also participate the winning poets of the 30th International Poetry Festival of Medellín Prize: Antonio Herrada (Cuba), Elena Annibali (Argentina) and John Freddy Galindo  (Colombia), and literary critic Yue Wen (People's Republic of China).

The essence of the Festival and the training processes that it has generated establish close links with the community, in order to move forward together for the construction of a new culture, for humanity freed from the thread of violence, so that lasting peace could be possible, democratic participation, cultural rights, while respecting their free expression, life and caring for the planet.

Amongst the 130 scheduled activities of the Festival, these include those programs related to the 24th International Poetry School of Medellin as its pedagogical component.


Conference Inspiring Change Through Culture
June 14-16


It is significant that by 2020, the 30th Medellin International Poetry Festival has been chosen by the organizers of the Alternative Nobel Prize (Right Livelihood Award -RLA-), headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, to jointly celebrate the thirty years of the Festival and the forty years of existence of this prestigious global award, which promotes the defense of human rights, to protecting the environment of our planet, the fight against nuclear war and defuse conflicts.

In this perspective, the International Conference Inspiring Change through Culture (June 14-16) will be implemented, with the goal of increasing awareness worldwide to promote change, the conversion of history with ongoing coordinated and permanent powerful actions between participating delegates and organizations contributing to a  culture of peace and for the protection of the planet.

At the Conference Inspiring Change through Culture, will participate 20 laureates, from different parts of the world, who have received the Alternative Nobel Prize, with acknowledged mastery for their contributions on a variety on global issues, dealing with social conflict resolution, related to human rights and committed to the preservation and caring of the planet.

Jointly with the Alternative Nobel Prize laureates, 30 guests will participate in the Festival, including poets, philosophers, scientists, peace and environmental activists, indigenous leaders in stewardship of the land, anti-nuclear activists, statesmen committed to change and representatives of organizations demanding the end of war and the preservation of the planet. 

At the moment the confirmed laureates of the Alternative Nobel Prize are Raúl Montenegro -principal founder of FUNAM (Environment Defence Foundation)-  (Argentina), Jamila Raqib -of the Albert Einstein Institution, constituted by Gene Sharp- (Afghanistan-United States), Chico Withaker -co-founder of the World Social Forum (Brazil), Leonardo Boff -theologian and philosopher- (Brazil), Davi Kopenawa and/or a representative of the Hutukara Yanomami Association (Brazil); Sheila Watt-Cloutier (Inuit People, Canada), Yannick Beaudoin -on behalf of the David Suzuki Foundation (Canada), Juan Pablo Orrego -ecologist and activist- (Chile), Christian Henríquez -on behalf of the Manfred Max-Neef Foundation and Right Livelihood College Valdivia- Chile), Braulio Mosquera, representative of the Asociación de Trabajadores Campesinos del Carare -ATCC- (Colombia), Diana Rico, Colombian representative of International Baby Food Action Network -IBFAN-; Alyn Ware, peace educator and campaigner (New Zealand); David Shaw Academic Coordinator of Santa Cruz Institute for Social Transformation, the Right Livelihood College.

They have also accepted our invitation: Alejandro Gaviria, rector of the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia); Aida Quilcué Vivas,  Human Rights Advisor of the Consejo Regional Indígena del Cauca -CRIC- (Colombia); Francia Márquez -environmental and human rights activist- (Colombia), Iván Cepeda Castro, human rights defender, philosopher and senator (Colombia); Carl Ruck, philologist, professor of classical studies (United States); and the poets Ketty Nivyabandi, human rights activist (Burundi); Jidi Majia, Vice President of the Writers Association of China (People's Republic of China); Julien Kilanga, professor and diplomatic (Democratic Republic of Congo); Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer Prize, university professor and collaborator of The New Yorker,  (Irlanda); Zolani Mkiva, parliamentary, founder of the Mkiva Humanitarian Foundation (South Africa), Ataol Behramoglu, essayist, playwright, literary critic, university professor and translator (Turkey), Nguyen Quang Thieu, Vice President of the Vietnamese Writers Association (Vietnam); among others.

The Conference will also feature the presence and participation of representatives of the World Poetry Movement, a global network that integrates poetry festivals, poetic projects and poets from the five continents, joined for a common cause through campaigns and actions contributing to world peace, the defense of life on the planet, for the sustainable development in a new world, for the restoration of beauty, dignity and truth, as part of a continuous assessing process for strengthening the presence of Poetry in our contemporary society. Its coordinating committee that is led by the Medellin International Poetry Festival is made up of poets and directors of international poetry festivals from India, Nepal, Turkey, China, Kuwait, France, Sweden, South Africa, Morocco, Ghana, Kenya, Colombia, Chile, Panama and the United States of America.

Published on 20.01.2020

Última actualización: 25/02/2020