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Launched in 2014 with the support of the European Commission’s Creative Europe programme, the VERSOPOLIS PLATFORM has created many new opportunities for emerging European poets and brought (their) poetry closer to audiences. 13 literary festivals and 137 poets united in this important initiative. With a mobility scheme, a digital platform and unique communication and audience development strategies, Versopolis organized 185 international visits, translated 1479 poems for the VERSOPOLIS DATABASE, published 187 VERSOPOLIS BOOKS in printed and e-format, and established the VERSOPOLIS REVIEW which has so far seen as many as 100,000 readers. Versopolis 2017–2021, with which we are applying to the Creative Europe Call for Proposals 06/2017, is firmly grounded in the achieved results, but broadens its focus quantitatively, qualitatively and geographically. The proposed 4-year action plan foresees the participation of a total of 15 European partner festivals, 317 poets from European countries and 4 festivals from candidate and ENP countries. Important new aspects of the existing scheme include: firstly, the VERSOPOLIS EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING MODULE, addressing students in collaboration with the literary professors from European Universities; secondly, the VERSOPOLIS CORPORATE ENTREPRENEUERSHIP MODEL, empowering literary festivals in candidate and ENP countries; thirdly, a series of new e-books, including the unique European Reliquary, aimed at saving from oblivion hidden thoughts, objects or places that co-create a multifaceted European identity; and last but not least, new content in the Review including guest editors, European thematic years’ focuses and blogs.Supported by a smart and innovative promotion and audience development strategy, the platform intends to continue spreading quality contemporary poetry beyond national borders, focusing on common European values of creativity, individuality and community, and creating a new, integrated European poetic identity.
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