The 29th WCP was held in Budapest, Hungary from 27th September to 1st October, 2009 at which István Turczi was President, Milan Richter was Vice President. 

 

The Congress was held at Danubius Hotel Flamenco.

 

The Budapest Congress was attended by more than 100 poets from 25 countries, among them some well-known representatives: Juhász Ferenc (Hungary), Anise Koltz (Luxemburg), Alain Lance (France), Eva Ström, Peter Curman (Sweden), Marianne Larsen és Pia Tafdrup (Denmark) Knut Odegard (Norway), John F. Deane (Britain), Mila Haugová és Jozef Leikert (Slovakia),Yu Hsi (Taiwan), Israel Bar Kohav (Israel), José Maria Alvarez (Spain). 

 

The opening ceremony of the congress was addressed by the Minister of Culture. The closing ceremony was attended by the Secretary General of the Hungarian PEN Centre.

 

The topic of the congress was: “The Future is a Place on Earth”.

 

The brief program of the 29th Congress was the following: 

 

 

 

28. September – Monday

 

 

 

OPENING CEREMONY

 

Opening words by the Hungarian Minister of Culture

 

Opening address  by the Honorary President of the XXIX WCP – President of Hungarian P.E.N. Centre

 

Honoring Dr Yu Hsi with the P.E.N. Memorial Award

 

Hungarian music program

 

WAAC/WCP President M. Young

 

XXIX WCP President I. Turczi

 

Parnassus International Poetry Award (3 pc) conferred by I. Turczi. 

 

Announcement of the theme for the poetry contest (in English, Spanish and Chinese) by I. Turczi

 

Honorary doctorates awarded by M. Young and M. Richter

 

Musical presentation by Dr Yu Hsi

 

Afternoon: 1st poetry sessions (English, Spanish, French

 

Evening: 

 

Photo: Opening ceremony: István Turczi –President of the 29th Congress, István Hiller Minister of Culture, Dr. Yu Hsi, Maurus Young and János Benyhe General Secretar of PEN Hungary.

 

Photo: Poetry reading by invited international and Hungarian established poets at the Hungarian Literary Museum followed by dinner for all the members of WCP

 

 

 

29. September – Tuesday

 

Morning:

 

Visit to Hungarian Writers’ Association (here a short poetry reading by the members of WCP Board)

 

Lunch in Zugló hosted by the Mayor of the district – Stefánia Palota

 

Afternoon:

 

2st poetry sessions (English, Spanish, French) 

 

In Műcsarnok (Hall of Arts) – Poetry reading by the members of the  European Academy of Poetry

 

John F. Deane, Anise Koltz, Knut Odegard, Vlada Urosevic, Milan Richter & István Turczi

 

 

 

30. September – Wednesday 

 

Morning: Visit to the House of Parliament, short reception by the President of the House of Parliament.

 

 

 

 

Photo: Reception at the Hungarian Parliament given by Katalin Szili (Chairwoman) (István Turczi, Dr Yu Hsi, Prof. Ernesto Kahan) 

 

Afternoon: Readings of invited poets in various  places: Cervantes Institute, French Institute, Holocaust Memorial Center, Mongolian Embassy, Scandinavian Faculty at the University

 

Evening:  CLOSING CEREMONY 

 

During the  congress an anthology was published with photos, bios and poems of the part-taking poets. 

 

Name list of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Literature (Litt. Dr) 2009

 

 

 

Jozef Leikert

 

Poet of Slovakia

 

 

 

Choi Laisheung

 

Poet of Hong Kong

 

 

 

Prof. Kim Jeong Ok

 

Writer, Professor, Poet of Korea

 

 

 

Susana Roberts

 

Poet of Argentina

 

 

 

M. Ines Grivarelo Ottado

 

Poet of Argentina

 

 

 

Marie Robert

 

Poet of France