2008 Taipei Poetry Festival to kick off

The ninth Taipei Poetry Festival hopes to infuse the spirit of poetry into the daily lives of the residents of the busy capital city when it opens Saturday, the Taipei Culture Foundation said Friday.
Sponsored by the Taipei City Government, the festival's annual theme this year is "Roving Desk / Walking Poetry."
The festival will experiment with fusing many different art forms with poetry, presenting it through interdisciplinary exhibitions, music, stage performances, in-depth conversations with poets, poetry recitals, and screenings of poetry films, according to the foundation.
An opening performance called "walking poetry" that combines poetry, music, theater, dance and imaging will be staged Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Zhongshan Hall in Taipei. Admission is free.
"It is our hope that everyone in this bustling city can be a poet, and poetry can be found everywhere, " Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin said in a statement.
Many foreign poets have been invited to participate in a conference at this year's festival. They include Korean poet Kim Hyesoon, Chinese poet Yu Jian, Madeleine Lee from Singapore, Yau Ching from Hong Kong, Katerina Rudcenkova from the Czech Republic and Emmanuelle Pireyre from France.
The festival will run until Nov. 23.