World Poetry Day

Between Poems. Portuguese and Sufi Voices

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On March 21 we celebrate World Poetry Day and Noruz, the New Year of the Persian calendar.

Words meet music in this celebration of Portuguese and Sufi poetry. In a multicultural gathering, poems by Fernando Pessoa, Maria Gabriela Llansol, Rūmī, Khayyām, Ibn ʿArabī, Rābiʿa are read in their original language. The inspiring words of these and others Portuguese, Persian and Arabic poets are combined with live music.

This meeting is held as part of the exhibition Power of the Word IV. Divine Wisdom: The Sufi Way.



Jessica Hallet — Curator of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

Persian and Portuguese poetry

Readings by Omid Bahrami and Teresa Coutinho

Arab and Portuguese poetry

Readings by Shahd Wadi and Isaac Jaló

A talk on Poetry and Sufism

With Fabrizio Boscaglia

Moderation: Elisabete Caramelo

Musical performance

José Peixoto


Guilherme Oliveira Martins — Administrator of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation



Jessica Hallett
Fabrizio Boscaglia

Sponsor Power of the Word

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation reserves the right to collect and keep records of images, sounds and voice for the diffusion and preservation of the memory of its cultural and artistic activity. For further information, please contact us through the Information Request form.

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