TARP 10: INTER-states

Festival TARP, this year celebrating 10 years since its beginning, has been levitating between underground venues and mainstream spaces, attracting audiences who like and support poetry or varied forms of its synthesis. Over these many years, we have had different unexpected fusions that later became popular: we have befriended slam organiser Domas Raibys, initiated comic book and poetry workshops with Shaltmira, Gerda Jord and Migle Anušauskaite, put on exhibitions with Benediktas Januševičius and Fiokla, Darius Jurevičius and photo poetry formations, we have been growing together with those advocating for poetry and sound art – „Betoniai triušiai“, „Regina“ (Vaiva Grainyte and  Gražvydas Kardokas), and projects created by the organisers themselves, such as „NUNU“, „Avaspo“ and other. We have always been striving for innovation and presented foreign performers who deliver text and music in a progressive way, such as  „Planningtorock“ (Germany), Soul Williams (USA), „AGF“ (Germany), Sturle Dagsland (Norway), Maria Minerva (Estonia/USA), „Orbita“ (Latvia), „Octobre“ (Fance) and others.

It would be hard to count all our events. What is most important is that a largely unknown ground has turned into a fertile soil for creativity, experimenting, searchings and presenting poetry – to both audiences and poets themselves –  in interesting and attractive audivisual forms. This is why we believe that this year‘s themeINTER-states (TARPinės būsenos) embodies not a finite point, but a process which allows improvement and development. The festival which will arrive a month earlier this year to take place on 15-19 September, will present a spectrum of events, from poetry and music, through video haiku workshops and photography exhibitions, to installations, live concerts and performances, and will feature Alessandro Bosetti (Italy), Gudrun Gut (Denmark), Rosen (UK), Vul Vulpes (Estonia), SHE‘S A SHOW (Denmark), Ondřej Buddeus (Czech Republic) and others.

This year‘s special touch – audiozine, which will see poets Dainius Gintalas, Laima Kreivytė, Marius Burokas, Benediktas Januševičius, Agnė Žagrakalytė and others being recorded reading poetry in their favourite settings.

The last day of the festival TARP 10 will be dedicated to TARP academy, together with video poetry researchers Sarah Lucas and Lucy English from Great Britain, andan open discussion with the festival guests. The closing of the festival will be crowned as usual by an open mic readings and the opening of the „INTER-states“ exhibition – because it is just the festival that will end, while poetic states will flutter in the air for long afterwards.

The festival is partly supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture.

Festival partners and supporters:Goethe Institute in Lithuania, French Cultural Institute in Lithuania, Embassy of Denmark in Lithuania, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Vilnius, Polish Literature Office (Biuro Literackie), „KINZA“, „eLoftHotel“, „Kirtimų kultūros centras“ and „Sha:TRI:Ah“.