Romanians will be able to buy coffee with poetry in over 200 coffee shops from around the country. The manifest campaign called “Pay with a poem” will take place for one day only, on the 21st of March, 2016.
The campaign started in 2013 when 6,300 poems were gathered.In 2014 on the International Day of Poetry coffee lovers visited 150 coffee shops and wrote 16,356 poems, which were inspired from great poets, personal poetry or were inspired in the moment. Last year alone, 17,400 poems were written in over 70 coffee shops from different Romanian cities.
This is a worldwide campaign and it is organized in 30 countries. The official ambassador of the campaign is Robert Montgomery, a poet and a conceptual artist. The campaign is sponsored by Julius Meinl. According to the Telegraph, Robert Montgomery said “I love how Pay With A Poem provides a little pocket of freedom, where money is replaced by poetry. Instead of using a banknote or a credit card people can transfer value to poetry, and use it as an alternative form of payment.”
Some of the coffee shops that will give you coffee in exchange for your poems will be
Satu Mare- Ambiance Caffe, P-ta Libertatii, nr.7
Baia Mare- Saint Moritz, Str. Scolii nr.4
Piatra Neamt- Temple, Bulevardul Republicii nr.15
Bistrita Nasaud- Hotel Metropolis, str. Parcului nr.19
Cluj-Napoca- Deutsches Haus, str. Plopilor nr.51-55, Panemar, Floresti, str. Avram Iancu nr.172
Sebes- Hotel Axa
Deva- Cafe Joly, Bulevardul 1 Decembrie nr.5
Ploiesti- St. Patrick’s Pub, Piata Victoriei nr.1A
Bucuresti- Corner Pub and Grill, str. Fildesului nr. 1
There are many more caffes. For a map with the caffes and locations, go here: meinlcoffee.com