Poems on the Brussels Metro. To mark the European Day of Languages on 26th September, European cultural institutes based in Brussels are showing a collection of poems in key metro stations across Brussels.
A collection of 21 poems from 21 European countries in 18 languages will be displayed in their original language alongside a translation in French and Flemish, allowing nearly 3 million weekly travellers to turn their trip into an inspiring journey.
Francoise Ledune, STIB / MIVB spokesperson said: “This poetry collection brings an exciting new concept to Brussels. The addition of these poems on the metro adds a new cultural aspect to each journey.”
The TRANSPOESIE collection is organised by EUNIC in Brussels, the network of European Cultural Institutes, in partnership with the Brussels public transport system STIB / MIVB. It is also supported by the Polish Presidency of the European Union. TRANSPOESIE aims to encourage language learning and promote multilingualism.
Martin Hope, President of EUNIC in Brussels, said, “Like the citizens of Brussels, these poems speak many languages. We hope these poems will inspire commuters to think about the importance of languages and language learning in our diverse society.”
The poems will be unveiled on the European Day of Languages on 26th September. Their launch will be accompanied by a festival of cultural events focusing on poetry and multilingualism including a dance flash mob in metro stations, organised by Flashmob Dance Belgium, and a multilingual showcase by participating poets in the International House of Literature Passa Porta.
“This is an exciting cultural project. These poems will turn a daily commute into an inspiring journey” said Beata Podgórska, Director of the Polish Institute in Brussels; who added “The poems will bring a bit of culture and a moment of reflection into our daily commute. With each poem and each trip we hope to create a thousand journeys for metro travellers.”
PRESS CONFERENCE: 12th September 2011, 11h00 at STIB/MIVB Headquarters - 62 Rue des Colonies / Kolonienstraat
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Added: 06 September 2011