A hop-on hop-off ride at tea stalls, poetic encounters with music and more at the Poets Translating Poets Festival


The Poets Translating Poets Festival  organized by Goethe Institut in Mumbai will kick off on 25th November 2016 with a Liederabend concert featuring renowned vocalist Benjamin Appl and pianist Simon Lepper, and the ‘Mumbai Tea Party’ that will see poets from different languages read poems at various tea stalls around the city.

With 20 languages, 51 poets, 187 poems and 280 translations, the festival – a   culmination of the Poets Translating Poets Project – promises to be a poetic extravaganza of sorts. The poetry traverses South Asia and Germany, and the festival includes performances, open mics, improv poetry, poetry readings, workshops, panel discussions as well as poetic exploration through photography, film, music and art. 

Celebrating diversity and multilingualism, the festival will create a platform for contemporary poets from South Asia – Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka – and Germany, featuring the translation of each other’s works.

Among other highlights are ‘New Revolutions’ – poetry of resistance and peace with the music of Ulrike Almut Sandig + ALIF on scratch tap at the heritage Edward Theatre – and ‘Jazz with a Glimpse of Poetry’ that features the poetry of Nicolai Kobus and Rochelle D’Silva accompanied by guitar, base and drums. Don’t miss the exhibitions – poetry and art by Atul Dodiya and a sound installation by Udit Duseja.

If you’re in Mumbai, these poetic encounters with chai, music, art and more are a great way to discover new voices and rediscover the metropolis.


Festival dates: 25-27 November 2016

Entry Free

Festival schedule, venues and details may be viewed here.