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Festival International de la Poésie
September 28, 2012, 12:00 AM – October 7, 2012, 12:00 AM EDT
The Festival International de la Poésie (English: International Festival of Poetry) is an annual poetry festival held in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada.
In the late ’70s, the idea of promoting a large-scale event around poetry hatched in the mind of the co-founder of the Écrits des Forges publishing house, Gaston Bellemare. He was saddened to see how much the media ignored poetry. After much reflection, he came to the unequivocal conclusion that someone had to create an event that would arouse the general public’s interest. People had to meet poets in everyday places.
In the fall of 1985, one year after the Fondation Les Forges Inc. was born, the International Poetry Festival was to forever change Trois-Rivières. Invited to the very first edition, Quebec’s great singer-songwriter Félix Leclerc declared Trois-Rivières to be “the Poetry Capital.” Eighty Quebec poets and 5,000 poetry fans came to first Poetry Festival!