Vienna, 16 June 2004 – To celebrate the Irish Presidency of the EU, an event entitled "City of Poets"and devoted to Central European poetry is being held in Dublin on 17 June 2004 within the framework of Platform Culture-Central Europe, the Regional Partnership in the cultural field founded in June 2001 by the partner countries of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia and Austria.
In this context, Minister for Foreign Affairs Benita Ferrero-Waldner underlined the importance of Platform Culture-Central Europe within the Regional Partnership: "The first major phase of the Regional Partnership was successfully concluded with the EU enlargement on 1 May 2004. In the second phase now beginning the focus will be on representing joint initiatives within the EU, and it is precisely in this area that Platform Culture-Central Europe has been assigned a central role.Via the Platform, the six partner countries can bring their cultural and economic regions into the European Union along with all their intellectual, cultural and regional treasures and products. This will enable us to enhance global knowledge, open up increased opportunities for those active in the cultural field and thus make an important contribution to the identity of the EU partners on the cultural level."
As part of the renowned annual "Dublin Writers' Festival", the six EU partner states together with Irelandwill be showcasing Central European and Irishlyric poetryat the Project Arts Centre in Dublin on the day after "Bloomsday". The two Nobel literature laureates Czesław Miłosz and Seamus Heaney have agreed to act as patrons of the event.Central European poets such as Katerina Rudčenková and Petr Hruška (Czech Republic), Anna T. Szabó and Győző Ferencz (Hungary), Tadeusz Pióro and Andrzej Sosnowski (Poland), Martin Solotruk and Peter Sulej (Slovakia), Lucija Stupica and Aleš Šteger (Slovenia), Christine Huber and Christoph W. Bauer (Austria) as well as the two Irish poets Áine Ní Ghlinn and Randolph Healywill enchant the audience with their poetry, while the musical backdrop for the event will be provided by the Polish saxophonist and clarinettist Mikołaj Trzaska and the Swiss cellist Clementine Gasser.
The event will coincide with the presentation of a literary publication on the creativity of Central European lyric poetry.