City poems 86- Dublin (9)

Sometimes it’s hard to say where politics end and poetry begins. Johan Moerman shot these photos in March 2006 and sent them to us with the question: are these city poems? For Johan they were! We leave the judgement to…

CityPoem 66 – Cairo

A poem inviting thirsty passers-by inside for some cold water, a gift by the great ruler Muhammad Ali of Egypt to this part of Cairo. This photo was kindly contributed to our project by Khaled Yacoup thank you! Cairo CityPoem…

CityPoem 67 – Cape Town

How does Cape Town cope with its past? The District 6 Museum works with the memories of the city’s experiences. There are several poems capturing the changes on the walls of the museum: “To White South Africa”, “Times Change”. The…

Inno alla libertà – Hymn to Freedom

Inspiring Cities supports the action going on at Flickr.com to support the resistance in Burma / Myanmar.> See  http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=birmania%20freedom&w=all&s=int for examples of this action going on at the international photo website www.flickr.com. Please read these few lines carefully. Some…

CityPoem 68 – Niterói (Brazil)

A poem of Pessoa, describing the Portuguese tears the sea is made of, on top of a historic military fort opposite Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Brian Morris Photo: Brian MorrisThe photos of the poem were kindly contributed by Brian…

CityPoem 69 – Kyoto

A poem for the Gion district (that also features in Memoirs of a Geisha) by the famous tanka poet Yoshii. Every year on November 8, a festival is held in his memory, where the geisha and maiko of the Gion…

CityPoem 70 – Copenhagen

Inger Christensen wrote her masterpiece poem “Alphabet” in 1981. She uses the alphabet (from a [“apricots”] to n [“nights”]) along with the Fibonacci mathematical sequence in which the next number is the sum of the two previous ones (0, 1,…

Caminito, Buenos Aires

The possibilities of creative urban transformation: Caminito in the barrio of La Boca, Buenos Aires. How do you transform a run-down, no-go area of your city into one of its biggest tourist attractions, in the process generating hundreds of jobs…

Urban Acoustics – Sound Hunt in Hamburg

A new way to discover the Soul of the City: through Sound. A first impression of the results of the Monospace Salon in Hamburg, with 1,7 mln residents Germany’s second city. The brand new Inspiring Cities Hamburg Office made this…

CityPoem 71 – Zaandam

A poem for the main ‘carrier’ of Zaandam: the river Zaan. The first poem written by the newly appointed CityPoet of Zaandam, Hans Kuyper. Photo: Hans Kuyper Zaandam CityPoem: De eeuwige (The Eternal One), Hans Kuyper This poem was donated…

How to Organize Your Own Inspiring Cities Salon

The Inspiring Cities Salon is a mechanism for generating integrated solutions through creative dialogue. At all times the focus is on creativity, innovation and accessibility. This is your toolkit to organize an Inspiring Cities Salon in your own city.1.…

CityPoem 65 – Sabadell

Photo: Kevin NolanThis text is an African proverb. An African proverb becomes a Catalan CityPoem, being published by an Irishman. Now that’s Inspiring Cities. Sabadell CityPoem This CityPoem in Sabadell, a city 20 km north-west of Barcelona, was contributed by…

Inspiring Cities Museum of CityPoems

Inspiring Cities has collected many citypoems over the years, as well as organized salons with citypoets and cities doing special projects. We have two criteria for what a citypoem is: the intention must be poetic, and it must be in…

CityPoem 60 – India

There are many ways to donate poems to the public domain. In this CityPoem: Urdu poetry from the last Mughal emperor, on an Indian postal stamp. photo: Ejaz Mubashir / **** jazzzi **** India CityPoem: poem by Bahadur Shah Zafar…

CityPoem 63 – Karachi

A poem of the legendary Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz.Karachi CityPoem: poem by Faiz Ahmad Faiz Till the strength in these hands remains, and the blood in them warm While truth dwells in this heart, and courage in this…

Kalashnikovs To Sit On

The Nucleo de Arte got involved in an extraordinary project. About the importance of the artists’ centre to Maputo and Mozambique, and to reconciliation. In workshops, members made works of art out of AK 47 machine guns, landmines and hand…

Evolution Painted Wall

Educational public art: past, present….. future?Click on the picture for a closer look. Photo as found on www.frogview.com…

CityPoem 64 – Prague

A poem by Jan Skácel who was banned during the Communist regime and tragically died ten days before the 1989 revolution. “ This article has been contributed by Ellen Delzenne – thanks Ellen! Prague CityPoem – photo Ellen Delzenne Prague…

Temple Bar – From Bus Depot to Cultural Centre

The Temple Bar, photo Pierofix How culture was the driver to push this area in Dublin, and become the focal point of the city. Temple Bar: a Bus Depot? At the end of the ’80s Dublin knew many poorly developed…

Neighbourshop On Tour

What product will you use to improve your dialogue with your neighbour? “Being neighbours is the first step to forming a society.” With this motto, twenty young artists in Amsterdam have bought up a former driving supermarket. They turned this…

Just Landed in Chicago

Spotted in Chicago. Street art that makes passers-by wonder what exactly they put in their Starbucks that morning. } else {…

CityPoem 72 – Buenos Aires

They are interwoven: Buenos Aires and Borges. He wrote many poems on his city, tormented ones, but still he considered it a city “to be as eternal as air and water”. He captures the Soul of Buenos Aires in his…

CityPoem 73 – Reykjavik

CityPoems in Reykjavik, about the soul of Reykjavik. Photos: Nanna Lind Reykjavik CityPoem: A Morning in June, Tómas Guðmundsson A morning in JuneA dripping silvery mist, The rain gleefully falls On busily growing flowers Barely out of the ground…

CityPoem 87 – Stockholm

Not a poem this time, but citations Strindberg in the asphalt of the busiest street in Stockholm. Photo: Mattias Berg Stockholm CityPoem: Citations, Strindberg “Han kom som ett yrväder en aprilafton och hade ett höganäskrus i en svångrem om halsen”…