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Poetry Connects People
June 27, 2013   
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The young winners of an international competition entitled Poetry Connects People—My Favorite Poem received awards at a ceremony at the Kultura cinema in Warsaw June 13.

The eight winners, aged 12-17, come from Munich, Berlin and Aalen in Germany, Sofia and Shumen in Bulgaria, and from ŁódĽ and Warsaw in Poland. They won prizes for essays on their favorite poems, after their work was chosen from among a total of 920 submissions from Germany, Bulgaria and Poland.

The Poetry Connects People project is the brainchild of television director Ewa Zadrzyńska, who came up with the idea of using the power of poetry to bring people together to promote mutual understanding and help Europeans get to know each other better.

As part of the project, five-minute films featuring competition winners are shown on public television channels, online and at movie theaters. The person featured in each film picks his or her favorite poem, explains his choice and goes on to tell viewers about his or her life, hopes, triumphs and failures.
The project was launched by Polish public television in February 2006. The short films were then shown in France, Italy, Belgium, Israel, the United States, Britain and Hungary.

The project is sponsored by the Evens Foundation from Belgium, which holds an annual competition that encourages school students to write essays about their favorite poems.
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