Haere Mai - Welcome
Poetica: The Christchurch Urban Poetry Project aims to bring poetry to the streets of Ōtautahi via visual art, installations, and public performance. Working in collaboration with other arts and community organizations, and in conjunction with poets, artists, and an amazing crew of volunteers, Poetica's goal is to get people to engage with poetry in new and innovative ways and to help make our post-quake city an interesting and exciting place to be.
The Poetica Story
Poetica was founded in 2012 by Christchurch resident, Elise van Bentem. Inspired by the "Poems on Walls" initiative in Leiden, The Netherlands, Elise wanted to bring poetry to the streets of Christchurch as a way to commemorate those who had lost their lives in the earthquakes, and also as a means of re-introducing the city to its citizens after so much of it had changed.