International Poetry Festival of Medellín

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The International Poetry Festival of Medellín (Spanish:Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín) is an annual festival held in Medellín, the second-largest city of Colombia. It was founded in 1991.

Medellín has a reputation for violence,[1] and from its beginning the festival has attempted to offer an alternative. In 2006 the festival was one of the recipients of the Right Livelihood Award.[2] The citation for the award explained that it was given "…for showing how creativity, beauty, free expression and community can flourish amongst and overcome even deeply entrenched fear and violence."[3] The festival has also won a Spanish literary award for its contribution to peace among other things.[4]

In 2011 the World Poetry Movement was founded in the context of the World Gathering of Directors from 37 International Poetry Festivals, held in Medellín.


  1. ^ "Colombia the Most Dangerous City". Time. March 21, 1988. Archived from the original on April 28, 2007. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
  2. ^ Anonymous. "2006 Right Livelihood Awards honour pioneers for peace". CCPA Monitor. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. 2007. Archived 2002-03-31 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Alternative Nobel Prize for international poetry festival Medellin". 2006. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  4. ^ Arias, Sara (28 June 2013). "Premio "Aula de las metáforas"". La Nueva España. Retrieved 13 June 2019.

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