Baltic Poetry Night

su 26.8 klo 18.00 Vapaa pääsy / Free entry

The best of the contemporary Baltic verses intertwene with improvised sounds of violin in the dark summer night of the Poetry Moon festival! On the stage Gabrielė Labanauskaitė (Lithuania), Eeva Park (Estonia) and Arvis Viguls (Latvia) together with violonist Rista Tuura (Finland). Hosting: Kaisa Kaakinen.

Gabriele Labanauskaite is a poet and playwright. Gabriele has defended her PhD thesis about narrative construction in contemporary drama in 2014. At the moment she teaches history and theory of playwriting and creative writing at National Music and Theatre Academy in Vilnius, Lithuania. From 2003 Gabriele’s plays The One that Hurts the Most, Circus, Red Laces and Alaska won awards at the National Lithuanian Plays contest and were staged in Finland, Sweden and the UK. Gabrielė writes mostly about freedom of speech and behavior, feminism, women empowerment, etc. Departing from the more traditional delivery of poetry, Gabriele used song and spoken word as a medium for her poetry, releasing it DVD or CD formats instead of books together with audiovisual poetry group, called AVaspo.

Eeva Park was born into a writers’ family in Tallinn, Estonia and as well as poetry is also well known for her short stories, novels and plays. Eeva has been a member of the Estonian Writers’ Union since 1993 and has been the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Elise Rosalie Auri Literary Award, the Friedebert Tuglas Short Story Award and the Eduard Vilde Literary Award.

Arvis Viguls is a Latvian poet and translator from English, Spanish, Russian and South Slavic languages. His first two poetry collections, Istaba (Room, 2009) and 5:00 (2012), were published to great critical acclaim and won him several prizes, including Annual Latvian Literature Award for the best debut of the year and Latvia’s main poetry festival’s Poetry Days (Dzejas dienas) prize for the best collection of the year. His poems have been published in anthologies and literary magazines in more than fourteen languages. In 2017, his selected poetry book La caligrafía de la aguja was published in Spanish translation by Valparaíso Ediciones. He lives in Riga where he works as a translator.

Rista Tuura is a violinist specifically interested in improvisation. She has worked in interdisciplinary projects with dancers and story telling theaters. She plays in multiple bands and orchestras.

In cooperation with Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the Association of Estonia Societies in Finland, Estonian Institute, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the Republic of Finland.

Runokuu-kirjallisuusfestivaali Lavaklubilla 20.–26.8.