“I’m happy and deeply honored to be invited by the Foundation and Cultural Organization International Academy Orient-Occident (Curtea de Argeş, Romania) to take part in the 12th edition of its International Festival “Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights” on July 16-22, 2008 at the Curtea de Argeş- the capital of Wallachia in the 14th-15th century. And also, I’m very thankful to the organizers for providing me this wonderful opportunity and experience of a life time to meet/socialize and exchange thoughts with other writers/poets from around the globe, who’ll be attending this international literary event of such great importance.”—Ernesto Pangilinan Santiago, Filipino poet.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL “CURTEA DE ARGEŞ POETRY NIGHTS” – ROMANIA
About the Festival: The Romania International Festival “Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights” was set up in 1997, belonging to the annual programs of the Foundation and Cultural Organization International Academy Orient-Occident (Curtea de Argeş, Romania). This festival has a unique character, within the Central European countries, it has aimed and succeeded from the very beginning to become part of the international circuit of big festivals such as Struga (R. Macedonia), Las Palmas (Spain), Medellin (Colombia), Trois Rivières (Canada), etc. The International Festival “Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights” is conceived as an encomium to the world poetry nowadays, as a ceaseless poetical performance: such as the Romanian traditional music, art exhibition and book releases, Romanian folk dances, visits to the fortresses and castles of Vlad Ţepeş (Dracula), trips to the Carpathian Mountains and many more surprising activities. The festival lasts 6 days and 6 nights.
Literary Prizes: On the occasion of the Festival, the Academy will award the following prizes: 1. Wallachia Prize (for Translations); 2. Balkan Grand Prize (for Poetry); 3. The Grand European Prize (for Poetry); 4. Orient-Occident Grand Prize (for Arts); 5. The National Grand Prize (for Literature); 6. The World Grand Prize for Poetry.
Objectives: Among the objectives of the Foundation and Cultural Organization International Academy “Orient-Occident” and of the International Festival “Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights” are: 1. Promoting of mutual respect, the respect between peoples and cultures, promoting peace, non-violence, cultural, linguistic, ethnical, religious and age tolerance on the national, regional (Balkans, South and Central Europe) and international (East-West, North-South, Orient-Occident) plane; 2. Getting men of letters from all cultural meridians together; 3. Stimulating the Romanian contemporary creation; 4. Increasing the interest of men of culture from abroad in the Romanian culture and civilization; 5. Strengthening of the civil society interest for the Romanian and universal cultural values; 6. Increasing the role of the particular / private initiatives in the preparation, organization and administration of the cultural act; 7.Turning to good account of the cultural management experience of Romanian personalities; 8. Integration of Romanian cultural values in the international circuit; 9. Formation of participation spirit within individuals and collectivities to the knowledge and promotion of the Romanian and foreign cultural values.
Yearly, on the occasion of the festival, one ceremony of joining new members to the International Academy Orient-Occident takes place in Master Manole’s Hall (Royal / Episcopal Palace at Curtea de Argeş).
The 12th edition of the International Festival „Curtea de Argeş Poetry Nights” will take place on 16-22 July 2008, having as motto: „1001 Poems” and it will be hosted by poet Dumitru M. Ion (President) and poetess Carolina Ilica (Artistic Director).