Seventh Wall Poem

On Saturday 25 October, the Stichting ArchipelpoëZie revealed the seventh poem on the wall. The short poem Regen by Ivo van Strijtem is now on the side wall of Riouwstraat 48. The poem is written in Collis font of the typographer Christoph Noordzij. Here is a link to the pictures taken:

Poetry, fries, and prosecco” was the theme for this revelation. The big number of guests enjoyed a variable programme. Frederink Fernhout, together with Theo Osse, owner of the wall, welcomed everyone.

Ruth van Rossum, president of Stichting ArchipelpoëZie, thanked the Municipality of The Hague and Fonds 1818 for the financial support and assistance. The owners of the wall chose the new wall poem from the collection De Liefde, jazeker by the Flemish poet, translator, teacher of English and anthologist Ivo van Strijtem. Annebel Schipper and Wimar Grossouw, the fixed developers of the wall poetry project, chose for the Colllis font because of the light and round character.

The Stichting ArchipelpoëZie started an education project in 2015 in cooperation with Harry Zevenbergen and Diann van Faassen of the Haagse Dichtersgilde. With the wall poems, they developed lessons for both primary and advanced education, which will be offfered next year in a number of schools. With these poems as basis, the students will try poems themselves and will combine poetry with other art forms such as music or visual arts.  In addition to this, the fifteen year old Sanne Bartfai, winner of the Haagse Scholenslam 2014, presented the new wall poem. Afterwards, she presented the poem Letter for letter (on how we learn new words and acquire new knowledge, always looking for more) which she wrote especially for this occasion:


The saxophone quartet Basta with soloist Daan van Koppen played before and after the ceremony jazz music from the period 1900-1920 and Bram Ladage took care of the fresh fries. The people present were enthusiastic about the wall poem and the variety of the programme. And, of course, about the festive gathering of so many different people, which used this chance for new introductions and bonds.

12 November 2014, Derk Hazekamp