Larnaka's World Poetry Festival 2022

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1st Larnaka’s World Poetry Festival
29/4- 1/5 2022

AGENDA

Thursday 28/4/22
21:30 Multipurpose Center for Creativity and Culture
Welcome - Welcome drink, offer of the Cultural Services of the Municipality of Larnaca

Friday 29/4/22
10: 00-12: 30 Guided tour of important historians and cultural figures
areas of Larnaca
13: 00-15: 00 Lunch (Offer of the Holy Diocese of Kiti)
17: 30-19 : 00 "Famagusta" Cultural Center - House of Letters and Arts
Gallery: Action with works by Petros Ptohopoulos.
Painting and Poetry
19: 30-21: 30 Larnaca Municipal Theater G. Lykourgos
Opening Ceremony:
The Vocal Ensemble of the Municipality of Larnaca participates
under the direction of Andreas Gerolemos.
Recitations:

Κostas Gouliamos / Haris Melitas / Antonis D. Skiathas /
Κostas Kremmidas / Dimitra Christodoulou / Nadia Stylianou /
Eleni Artemiou-Fotiadou / Niki Drouga / Ronny Someck /
Alexandre Mexis / Tallulah Florez Prieto (video)

Dinner: (Offer of the Municipality of Larnaca)

Saturday 30/4/22
10:30 -13: 00 Cultural Center "Famagusta"-House of Letters and Arts
• Book presentation: Panagiotis Nannou: Cyprus

Presented by the poet Antonis D. Skiathas
Recitations of poems from the collection: Chrystalla Kallenou
Musical intervention: Kyriakos Κosta
• Round table discussion: Coordinated by Dr. Andrew Anjoulis (with the participation of the
public)

(Drinks-Cherries for the participants, offer of the Municipality of Larnaca)

19: 30-21: 30 Larnaca Municipal Theater G. Lykourgos
(Poetry - Music - Tribute to Lefkios Zafiriou)

Recitations:
Roberto Garcia de Mesa / Eleftheria Thanoglou / Mattia Tarantino / Vangelis Tassiopoulos /
Nikolas Koutsodontis, / Vakis Loizidis / Alexandra Zampa / Maria Del Castillo Sucerquia /
Alexandra Galanou / ναerina Charalambous / Marija Dejanovic / Andreas Giorgallidis /
Manuel Iris / Andreas Timotheou

Dinner (In a restaurant with live music, its offer Organizing Committee)

Sunday 1/5/22
10: 30-13: 00 Larnaca Municipal Theater G. Lykourgos
• Poetry-Music
The Vocal Ensemble of the Municipality of Larnaca participates
under the direction of Andreas Gerolemos
Recitations:
Triantafyllos Kotopoulos / George Christodoulidis / Panagiotis Nannos /
Andri Christofidou-Antoniadou / Kyriakos Anagiotos / Panagiotis Nikolaidis /
Michalis Papadopoulos / Stylianos Stylianou / Costas Katsonis /
Christos Tsiailis / Sofia Kolotourou
• Round table discussion: Coordinated by Dr. Kleitos
Ioannidis
(with public participation)

• Festival Closing

(Drinks-Cherries for the participants, offer of the Municipality
Larnaca)

Note: 2 dinners and 1 meal will be offered to participants from abroad, as listed in the
program above.
Note : The names of the poets have been recorded according to the order of recitation in
the program.

Alexandre Mexis, France

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Alexandre Mexis, FRANCE

AFRICA

DISEMBARCATION

The Poems

AFRICA

Ebony
rather than ivory
like your skin
your hair, your eyes
but not your bones.
They remain white
washed up by your memory…

Africa
Argan
or cocoa
looted working body
mined entrails
raped for your gold, your diamonds
your people…

Africa with paradise forests
cursed animals
waterfalls of joy…

Ephemeral eternal Africa
sandy rock
on the sea
magician or witch

Africa
welcoming
dazzling
sleeping
under the sun of your ills…


AFRIQUE

Ébène
plutôt qu'ivoire
comme ta peau
tes cheveux, tes yeux
mais pas tes os.
Eux restent blancs
lessivés par ta mémoire…

Afrique
Argan
ou cacao
corps exploité pillé
entrailles minées
violées pour ton or, tes diamants
tes gens…

Afrique aux forêts paradis
aux animaux maudits
aux cascades de joie…

Afrique éternelle éphémère
roc de sable
sur la mer
magicienne ou sorcière

Afrique
accueillante
éclatante
endormie
au soleil de tes maux…



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DISEMBARCATION

Pink Igoumenitsa
at dawn…
Eyelids still asleep…
Burning Patras
at the zenith
dry nostrils and throat…
Athens…
at night on the tarmac,
hot air slapping my impatient face…
Here or elsewhere,
by sea or air,
Greece welcomes me
and celebrates my senses
from the very first step…
Unique taste
rocking and capsizing
between return and
first time
like
every delight
of mastic…


DEBARQUEMENT

Igoumenitsa rose
à l'aube…
Paupières encore endormies…
Patras brûlante
au zénith
narines et gorges sèches…
Athènes…
au soir sur le tarmac,
air chaud qui gifle mon visage impatient…
Ici ou ailleurs,
par la mer ou les airs,
la Grèce m'accueille
et fête mes sens
dès le premier pas…
Goût unique
qui tangue et chavire
entre retour et
première fois
comme
à chaque délice
de mastic…


The Poet

Born in 1971 in Saint-Etienne, Alexandre Mexis is a French author of poems, plays, short-stories and short-films. He is also a painter and an English teacher and lecturer, specialised in English literature.

His collections of poetry include Eros & Thanatos (2015) in reference to Freud, Un été grec (2017), a trip to Greece through poems, drawings and watercolours and Chimère.s (2019), words that sway and capsize to the rhythm of life, carefully touching every moment to better grasp its beauty.

As for his charcoal and pastel exhibitions, MYTHOS dives into Greek mythology, NUDE, caresses the souls of legendary characters and MUSTANG.S, the eponymous title of his first short-film, explores the wildness each of us hides.

In 2022, his new short-film UN RENDEZ-VOUS and his collection of short-stories Car l'essentiel est d'avoir pu se rencontrer, both lead us to ultimately meet ourselves…


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