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A Day Made In Poetry, UNESCO, 21.03.2023

Centenary of the birth of Aco Šopov (1923 – 1982)
celebrated in association with UNESCO,
21st of March 2023,

Video of the event


09:00  Welcoming of the public – 125, avenue Suffren, Paris 7e

09:35  Opening speeches by Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO and by Mr Stevo Pendarovski, President of the Republic of North Macedonia

09:50  Screening of the animated film “Horrordeath”, poem by Aco Šopov inspired by the Skopje earthquake of 1963. Flipbook Production 2023, Skopje

10:00 Opening of the international symposium in honour of Aco Šopov “Poetry: The Creativity, Translation and Circulation of Works in Languages of Lesser Diffusion,” by Jasmina Šopova,  Aco Šopov Poetry Foundation

10:10  Session I : “What are the poets for?”
Moderator: Katica Ćulavkova, Macedonian Academy of Sciences and arts (MANU)
Vlada Urošević (North Macedonia)
Sibelan Forrester (USA)
Sylvestre Clancier (France)
Sibila Petlevski (Croatia)
José-María Paz-Gago (Spain)
David Shook (USA)

11:30  Announcement of the 2023 winner of the Golden Wreath of the Struga Poetry Evenings and the winner of the Struga Bridge Prize, by Todorče Tasevski, Director of the festival

11:40  Session II : “Literary translation, another way of existing in poetry”
Moderator: Frosa Pejoska-Bouchereau, INALCO, Paris
Dionicio Morales (Mexico)
Daouda Ndiaye (Senegal)
Christina E. Kramer (Canada/USA)
Rawley Grau (USA/Slovenia)
Maciej Kawka (Poland)

13:00  Free time

15:30  Session III : “Poetry within everyone’s reach?”
Moderator: Jasmina Šopova, Aco Šopov Poetry Foundation
Jamila Mejri (Tunisia)
Will Evans (USA)
Roland Kayser (Luxembourg)
Yves Bergeret (France)
Mia Lecomte (Italia)
Јean Portante (Luxembourg)

16:50  Closing of the symposium: address by Mr Ljupčo Kocarev, President of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (MANU)

16:55  Address by Ms Bisera Kostadinovska Stojčevska, Minister of Culture of the Republic of North Macedonia

17:00  Visite of the exhibition “The Road I Walk”, on the creative journey of Aco Šopov (in front of Room II)

17:30  Multilingual poetry performance “The Long Coming of the Fire” performed by:
Jean Pétrement (France)
Nikola Ristanovski (North Macedonia)
le Duo SoliPse (french-macedonian)
Dijana Tomić Radevska (North Macedonia)
with the participation of Luisa Futoransky (Argentina)

More information on the organisers and participants is available in the event brochure.

This event at UNESCO is part of the national programme “2023, Year of homage to Aco Šopov,“ under the patronage of the president of the Republic of North Macedonia, Mr Stevo Pendarovski.

  • Entrance : 125, avenue de Suffren, Paris 7e
  • Métro: line 10 Ségur-UNESCO, line 6 Cambronne, line 8 École militaire  
  • Bus: 28, 87, 80, 82
  • Stations Vélib: 7018 ( Ségur) or 7013 (Duroc) 

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