The Confusing Festival
Recently Ostroh Academy has had a great honour to receive guests who are fond of poetry from about 10-odd countries of the world. It was held the international poetry festival “Terra Poetica”. The participants are originated from the UK (England, Wales, Scotland), the USA, the Netherlands, France, Estonia, Israel, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Poland and others. The poems were recited or read in English as well as in their mother tounge. Although the festival is even known as the poetry Eurovision, most of the poets read their poems. Actually, the organizers aspired to do the festival very informal, it was incredibly noticeable.
Sometimes it was seemed that they are entirely dissatisfied with everything: with a microphone, acoustics and even with participants. Alternatively, I thought that one of the organizers lost his temper. He allowed himself to shout at another one, to interrupt him and tell him what to do. As a matter of fact, occasionally it was seemed that the assambley hall was full of the utter chaos and the festival is badly organized. Mind you, then I understood that it was planned on purpose. It was a trick to impress the audience that is not accustomed to such kind of the meetings. Besides, the organizers are Ukrainians and, perhaps, they would like to show new format of the festival.
In any case, I would like to tell you about the poets who impressed me the most. The first woman was English and it was noticed that she was ecstatic about reading her poem. The second poet was English as well. She showed us the technique which is very popular in the UK. She made emphasises on some syllables and words and it was indescribable. Another one was Ukrainian and he wore his heart on his sleeve. His poem was about love and it was emotive. As for me, he was the best and he deserved the prize. (It is not because I am Ukrainian, too J). By and large, the international poetry festival “Terra Poetica” was good experience for me and absolutely stunning.