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Welcome to our festival!


You can visit our festival on Saturday December 11th at 14.00 hrs in Laaktheater. From December 10th you can also follow our festival on Laaktheaterthuis.nl. Famous and less famous poets will bring a tribute to the short poem: Haiku.

At the festival we present 'The Other Haiku'. Not strictly Japanese Haikus but Arab, Spanish, Dutch and other short poems by wellknown and lesser known poets. 

14.00 hrs - Walk-in

14.30 hrs - Start program

- Workshop “ How to write a Haiku” by Youetta de Jager 

- Live Haiku program with:

· Ferial Abdoel (NL) and Khadija Bouachrine (MAR)

. Juan Tajes (ARG)

· Translations are read by Anita Poolman (NL)

- Music by: Mohammad Gomar en Satyakam Mohkamsing

- Film recordings will be shown by:

·  Ali Qaisi (IRK)

·  Meriem Lahlou (MAR)

·  Claudia Piccinno (ITA)

·  Safa Salen Ghareeb (IRK)

·  Manii Farah (SYR)

16.45 hrs - End of program


The young poet Mansooreh Afshary reads from her own work.

The poet Azedine El Ouafi reads from his own work.

The Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami is known for uses of certain themes and cinematic techniques that are instantly recognizable in his work, from the use of child protagonists and stories that take place in rural villages, to conversations that unfold inside cars utilizing stationary mounted cameras. He often undertook a documentary style of filmmaking within narrative works, and frequently employs contemporary Iranian poetry in dialogue, movie titles, and in the thematic elements of his pictures

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The Last Journey is a tribute to the authors’ Mother Carla Simeoni, an Activist and dreamer. TraveIling with her mother since she was young, it was an honor to the author to stay with her for her last Journey from Scansano (Toscany) to Maccarese (Lazio).

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A captivating story about migrants who desperately seek for a new home

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