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Freie Universität and Literaturwerkstatt Berlin Host Festival Featuring Literature from Flanders and the Netherlands: May 11 and 25, 2012

№ 107/2012 from May 03, 2012

Twelve poets will be presenting spoken word poetry and lyric poetry from Flanders and the Netherlands on May 11 and 25. During the festival "ES GRACHT!" some of the most important performance poets from the greater Berlin region will be presenting their works, supported by the best Berlin-based spoken word artists including Bas Böttcher, Ken Yamamoto, and the singer-songwriter Dota. Two public events will be held, one on May 11 in the Maschinenhaus in the Kulturbrauerei (Prenzlauer Berg) and the other on May 25 in Heimathafen (Neukölln). Both events will start at 8 p.m. The festival is being organized by the Institute of German and Dutch Languages and Literatures at Freie Universität Berlin and the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin.

The artists will be presenting unpublished works, some written as classwork for two different courses, that were translated into German for the festival. Three bands and two live drawing artists will also be performing.

The following poets, bands, and artists will be participating: Mark Boog (Nieuwegein), Daan Doesborgh (Amsterdam), Ellen Deckwitz (Utrecht), Brecht Evens (Ghent), Andy Fierens (Antwerp), Marjolijn van Heemstra (Amsterdam), Maarten Inghels (Antwerp), Erik Lindner (Amsterdam), Jeroen Naaktgeboren (Rotterdam), the Poetry in Motion band (Nieuwegein), Randall. C (Gent), the Reinout met Nevenwerking band (Antwerp), Maud Vanhauwaert (Antwerp), and Reinout Verbeke (Antwerp).

The spoken word poet Wolf Hogekamp will moderate the two events. The festival is receiving financial support from several institutions, including the Dutch Language Union, the Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren, the Nederlands Letterenfonds, the Flemish Representation in Berlin, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Times and Locations

  • Friday, May 11, 2012, 8 p.m.
    Maschinenhaus, Kulturbrauerei
    Es GRACHT! 1
    Spoken Word & Lyric Performance from Flanders and the Netherlands
    With Reinout Verbeke (Antwerp), Maud Vanhauwaert (Antwerp), Jeroen Naaktgeboren (Rotterdam), Marjolijn van Heemstra (Amsterdam), Erik Lindner (Amsterdam), Ken Yamamoto (Berlin), and Band Reinout met Nevenwerking (Antwerp)
    Moderated by Wolf Hogekamp (Berlin)
    Admission: 5 / 7 euros
  • Friday, May 25, 2012, 8 p.m.
    Heimathafen (Neukölln)
    Es GRACHT! 2
    Spoken Word & Lyric Performance from Flanders and the Netherlands
    Andy Fierens (Antwerp), Maarten Inghels (Antwerp), Ellen Deckwitz (Utrecht), Daan Doesborgh (Amsterdam), Mark Boog and his band Poetry in Motion (Nieuwegein), Bas Böttcher (Berlin), Dota (singer-songwriter, Berlin), and the comic artists Brecht Evens (Ghent) and Randall.C (Ghent)
    Moderated by Wolf Hogekamp (Berlin)
    Admission: 5 / 7 euros

Further Information

  • Prof. Dr. Johannes Konst, Institute of German and Dutch Languages and Literatures, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-54423, Email:
  • Boris Nitzsche, Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 48 52 45 24, Email:

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