Promoting the International Poetry Festival in Medellín (Colombia) through the support to the participation of the beneficiaries of Proyecto Gulliver
THE PROJECT IN DETAIL
Supporting the participation of children and adolescents from violent, degraded areas of Medellín, beneficiaries of Proyecto Gulliver, at the International Poetry Festival
Approximately 300 children between the ages of 9 and 12 that come from areas in the city characterized by serious socio-economic marginalization, residing in orphanages or enrolled in the public schools in Medellín. About 5,000 people who attend the poetry readings.
The Prometeo poetry collective has been organizing the International Poetry Festival in Medellín for 26 years. It is one of the best known poetry festivals worldwide, an emblem of the civil resistance to conflict through poetry and art. During the Festival more than 100 poets from all over the world read their poetry in various parts of the city of Medellín.
Prometo has been organizing and coordinating the Gulliver Project in Medellín for 18 years (with Alta Mane support since 2011) using poetry to stimulate children and adolescents in the violent and degraded areas of Medellín, which have been severely affected by the violence of a particularly dangerous, conflict-prone city.
In 2015 and 2016, crucial years for the peace process in Colombia, as a result of the great international in the Gulliver Project, the children and adolescents from the violent, degraded areas of the city will take an active part to the Poetry Festival of Medellin. On this occasion, a day of artistic and poetic activities entirely dedicated to children is organized. In addition, ten readings are held, each with the participation of three poets from around the world, in the outskirts of Medellín where Proyecto Gulliver operates. There are also creative writing workshops for the children and adolescents that benefit from the project. The young beneficiaries of Proyecto Gulliver also read the poems written during the poetry workshops held throughout the year.
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