Patras World Poetry Festival 2021

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4th “Patras World Poetry Festival 2021

13th - 19th of December


This year, the 4th “Patras World Poetry Festival” boasts a variety of original literary events taking place between the 13th and 19th of December 2021, hosting a total of 70 poets from 20 different countries.

The occasion of a calendar year combining on one hand the memory of the Greek people’s fight for freedom, and on the other hand the contemporary experience of confinement, led us to this year’s thematic center: “CONFINEMENT-FREEDOM-HUMAN REVOLUTIONS”. We bring novel aims and ideas, along with a greater and more essential need for expression, synergy and communication.

For 2021, the festival’s programme will be extended from 4 days to 7, hosting a multitude of events for audiences and participants both Greek and foreign, raising the bar and aiming to establish a tradition of cultural celebration.

This year too, for its most part, the Festival will be held online, a blended programme combining physical and online activities as adjusted to Covid-19 regulations, in a shifting terrain of cultural events during the pandemic.

The events of the week’s programme will take place in three (3) different places in Patras, each one of them a space for hosting cultural events. The events will be broadcasted ONLINE on the website including both main and side events:

Main Events:

  • 15th-18th December 2021

Five (5) Online Poetry Meetings including Readings and Roundtables: There will be lecterns where the guest poets will be presented; their works will be read (in 2 languages). The guest poets will also participate in the roundtables and discuss topics revolving around poetry and criticism.

  • 18th December 2021

Online Award Ceremony for the Greek “Jean Moréas” Poetry Award for 2021: The annual ceremony for the “Jean Moréas” Awards for Greek poetic art and production in its entire spectrum.

  • 16th December 2021

Newcomer Poet Marathon: A night of presentations and readings of new poets, combining physical and online presence.

Parallel Events: (11th -19th of December 2021)

  • Festival Anthology: Limited trilingual book edition plus eBook.
  • Online shows:
  • #meet_the_poets: tributes and interviews online at the channel.
  • #videopoetry: presentation of video-poetry online.
  • Poetry Set to Singing: music radio tributes to poetry set to singing.
  • Exhibitions:
  • Poetry exhibition: presenting the works of poetry
  • Book exhibition of Newcomer Poets: presenting poetry collection books from new poets; participation from established poets and publishing houses.
  • Poetry Alley: Presentation of poets and poems (the ones participating in the festival) on a central pedestrian precinct of Patras.

During both the physical and the online events, there will be participation from internationally acclaimed academics, novelists, critics, and representatives of institutions.

The Patras World Poetry Festival 2021 is organized by the “Grafeion Poiiseos” Poetry Foundation, the literary website Culture Book (, while it is annually held under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Tourism*. The festival’s events are supported by the Greek Library of London, the University of Western Macedonia, the Hellenic Open University and many other esteemed institutions, since the festival takes place under the aegis of the Hellenic Republic’s President.

The Patras World Poetry Festival is one of the largest literary institutions in Greece, certainly the largest of its whole region, and it has already drawn attention amongst esteemed festivals internationally. Every year, the city of Patras hosts important figures of world literature and offers a richness of events, including poetry readings, seminars and cultural activities. The festival’s vision is to promote Greek literary expression worldwide and turn this capital of Western Greece into a European center for literary studies. Through its actions, the festival communicates with various departments of Greek literary studies all over the world and it chronicles contemporary poetic expression.

A detailed programme will soon be posted on the festival’s website


On behalf of the Scholarly Representatives

Kotopoulos H. Triantafyllos

Chair of the “Patras World Poetry Festival”

Skiathas D. Antonis

Chair of the “Grafeion Poiiseos” Poetry Fountation



Maria Alaniadi


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Ana Victoria Padilla Onatra, Colombia


Ana Victoria Padilla Onatra, Colombia

Furniture in a box

The Poems

Furniture in a box

There is something hidden in the act of collecting boxes
in the act of sorting them out
to contain the world
or creating a little poetic scenery
where you can remain

There is a kind of enchantment
for all the unanswered questions
like a mischievous laugh of whom
                                            despite the fear
stealthy comes closer to see the mystery

There is something hidden in the crease of the boxes, I say

The boxes as houses of poems
The boxes as daydream cathedrals
nourishing the real scenery
that unfolds
out of every box

(Translation by Teresa Beltrán and Karla Aguilar)


Mobiliario en caja

Hay algo oculto en el acto de recoger cajas
en disponer de ellas
para contener el mundo
o crear un pequeño escenario poético
donde quedarse a vivir

Hay una suerte de encantamiento
ante lo que no tiene respuesta
como una risa traviesa de quien
                                           pese al miedo
sigiloso se acerca para ver el misterio de cerca

Hay algo oculto en el doblez de las cajas, digo

Las cajas como casas de poemas
Las cajas como catedrales de la ensoñación
alimentando el escenario real
que se despliega
fuera de toda caja

* * * 

Expedition to amazement

There are people who, when the flowering season arrives
leave their workplaces
to see the trees in bloom
They may travel to less frequented neighborhoods
by bicycle, walking or by bus
Looking for a sparkle to shine through their eyes
and give them the strength to accept the wind that blows away the instant
the routine of the days to come
the revelation of tiny miracles
that every time announces the flow of life
as well as the urgency and the calm of everything that returns to the earth

(Translation by Emanuel Julio)


Expedición al asombro

Hay personas que llegada la temporada de floración
abandonan sus lugares de trabajo
para ver los árboles en flor
Pueden desplazarse a barrios poco frecuentados
en bicicleta, a pie o en autobús
Van en busca de un destello que atraviese sus ojos
y les dé la fuerza para aceptar el viento que deshoja el instante
la rutina de los días venideros
el descubrimiento de diminutos milagros
que todo el tiempo anuncian el continuo despliegue de la vida
así como la urgencia y la calma de todo lo que retorna a la tierra

The Poet

Ana Victoria Padilla Onatra: She studied History, but especially she collects instants and writes poetry, which has been a refuge, company, and a link to know the world. Because of her curiosity, and the desire of conspiring with her friends, she has combined the letters with sound, plastic, and audiovisual arts, considering that poetry is in everything and everyone. Her poems lie in digital and printed magazines and anthologies, or secretly resonate in the places where poetry has taken her.

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