International Poetry Festival
Dr Gcina Mhlophe honored South Africa – when she performed at the INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL OF MEDELLIN from the
18th until the 25th of June 2016. http://festivaldepoesiademedellin.org/en/Intro/index.htm
The International Poetry Festival of Medellín (Spanish: Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín) is an annual festival held in Medellín, the second-largest city of Colombia. It was founded in 1991.
Medellín has a reputation for violence, and from its beginning, the festival has attempted to offer an alternative. In 2006 the festival was one of the recipients of the Right Livelihood Award. The citation for the award explained that it was given “…for showing how creativity, beauty, free expression and community can flourish amongst and overcome even deeply entrenched fear and violence.” The festival has also won a Spanish literary award for its contribution to peace among other things.
In 2011, the World Poetry Movement was founded in the context of the World Gathering of Directors from 37 International Poetry Festivals, held in Medellín.