An international archive of multimedia poetry.
Started in 2020 on International Poetry Day to bring poetry in the voice of its authors to an international community, the collection now houses over 500 audiovisual poems from all over the world in various languages. Today we count with the collaboration of Kulturhuset Islands Brygge in CPH, Bokens Hus in Turku, Finland, and Kultivera in Tranås, Sweden, who feature the collection in their activities and/or serve as headquarters of the Phonotheque in their respective countries. Our collection also tours to cultural events, with a focus on climate, minority representation, and reconnecting our communities.
For 2023, the Poetic Phonotheque celebrated its third NATURE & CULTURE – International Poetry Film Festival, along with collaborations with various organizations in the Nordic region and Latin America. For 2024, we are delighted to introduce the FONOTEK, portable rotary phone recorders that you can record your poetry on, wherever the Poetic Phonotheque is visiting.
All the poetry films screened during each festival, remain in our permanent archive, which you’re welcome to browse through by navigating this website.
Special thanks to the Poetic Phonoteque’s partners, Kirjan Talo (Finland) and Kultivera (Sweden), as well as to South.Nord for this year’s collaboration, and to Husets Biograf for hosting our live screening event.
Add your voice to the Collection:
Listen to the entire collection HERE
or click below to record your voice directly and add it to the archive:
Meet FONOTEK, our traveling poetry collector! Join the Poetic Phonotheque’s archive by picking up the red phone in our visiting locations and adding your voice.
Poetry Film Festival in KBH:
Performing arts and activism often go hand in hand, used as tools to deliver messages in need of their voices being represented. In this case, it isn’t a voice or a minority, but an entire planet that needs to be spoken for by those inhabiting it… the main threading line being poetry in interdisciplinary media.
That is the concept behind “Nature & Culture – International Poetry Film Festival”, which features the audiovisual poetic language found in a selection of screened films, from documentaries to short films, experimental and poetry films, all which discuss the connections between humanity and nature.
Learn more about the festival here:
Nature & Culture – International Poetry Film Festival
Visit the Poetic Phonotheque in Copenhagen!
The Danish Headquarters:
RED DOOR is a gallery based in Copenhagen, but also an arts quarterly magazine released internationally. It collaborates with various organizations for the hosting of the festival, among them Kulturhuset Islands Brygge who spearheaded the initiative, and Husets Biograf who hosts the yearly event in its cinema.
THE FINNISH HEADQUARTERS:
Kirjan Talo / Bokens Hus are cultural organizers in the city of Turku, Finland, and combine visual arts, poetry, publishing and performance to strengthen the cultural environment of their city and region. They joined the partners of Poetic Phonotheque in 2023 and are placing resources to the mapping and organization of the collection.
THE SWEDISH HEADQUARTERS:
Kultivera is based in Tranås, Sweden, where they host a vast variety of events, including a fringe festival called Tranås at the Fringe. They’ve been collaborators of the Poetic Phonotheque since 2022 and participate in the festival with their own selection of films.
The Online Collection:
Let us keep the momentum of the Poetic Phonotheque by guiding it to the documentation of the subjects that inspire, move, and matter to our society.
Please browse this website, to see the amalgam of voices, cultures, messages and poetic creations that make this multimedia archive so unique.