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 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
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
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
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
Poet of Slovakia
Poet of Hong Kong
Prof. Kim Jeong Ok
Writer, Professor, Poet of Korea
Poet of Argentina
M. Ines Grivarelo Ottado
Poet of Argentina
Poet of France