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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Christos Dikbasanis, Greece

Christos Dikbasanis, Greece

Christos Dikbasanis, Greece



The Poems


I gave you my dreams, my dead sponds
in space
What else do you want?

In the frozen Universe I was left alone to look you in the eyes
No sadness left
while you look at me angrily
Where is the love, you replaced with bitterness and silence?
What else do you want?

I'm tired of being a winner or looser. What does it matter?
Let's fall in love again with bared feet
and lowered head

We have now crossed the threshold of eternity
You are mine and my dissolved form is yours
What else do you want;
I don't know you now
I don't remember if you stayed by my side or if I left

Surely the hard rocks of this exoplanet
we live in , have the blame either
the unbearable cold of the Universe or the naked mountains of our desires
What else do you want me to tell you?

I remember you wandering the interstate streets
struggling to balance your steps
I remember your rebirth
through the mud of a new reality
And yet you no longer exist
Extinction has taken place over the centuries
of your last memories
What else do you want me to tell you?

And yet again without remembering who you are
I walk with you to a new dream colony

I'm not alone anymore either you

We are accompanied by the desires for search
other cultures which lost their way
in the eternal night

Big worlds beautiful, perforated
from dreams and sins like our own insignificant silences

I start to remember again
the beginning and the end of this course
What else do you want?

I do not want to tell you anything else!



Σου χάρισα τα όνειρά μου, τις πεθαμένες σπονδές μου στο διάστημα
Τι άλλο θέλεις;
Μέσα στο παγωμένο Σύμπαν έμεινα μόνος να σε κοιτώ στα μάτια
Δε μου περίσσεψε θλίψη μα εσύ με αντικρίζεις οργισμένα
Που είναι η αγάπη που την αντικατέστησες με πίκρα και σιωπή;
Τι άλλο θέλεις;
Κουράστηκα να είμαι νικητής ή νικημένος Τι σημασία έχει;
Έλα ν'αγαπηθούμε ξανά με γυμνά πόδια και χαμηλωμένο κεφάλι

Περάσαμε πια το κατώφλι της αιωνιότητας
Είσαι δικιά μου και είναι δικιά σου η διαλυμένη μου μορφή
Τι άλλο θέλεις;

Τώρα δε σε ξέρω πια
Δε θυμάμαι αν έμεινες στο πλάι μου ή αν έφυγα εγώ
Σίγουρα φταίνε οι σκληρές πέτρες αυτού του εξωπλανήτη που ζούμε,
το αφόρητο κρύο του Σύμπαντος, τα γυμνά βουνά των επιθυμιών μας
Τι άλλο θέλεις να σου πω;

Σε θυμάμαι στους διαστρικούς δρόμους να τριγυρνάς,
πασχίζοντας να ισορροπήσεις τα βήματά σου
Θυμάμαι την αναγέννησή σου
μέσα απ'τη λάσπη μιας νέας πραγματικότητας
Και όμως δεν υπάρχεις πια
Στο κύλισμα των αιώνων συντελέστηκε η εξαφάνιση
των τελευταίων σου αναμνήσεων
Τι άλλο θέλεις να σου πω;

Και όμως πάλι χωρίς να θυμάμαι ποια είσαι
περπατώ μαζί σου προς μια νέα αποικία ονείρων
Δεν είμαι πλέον μόνος ούτε κι εσύ
Μας συντροφεύουν οι πόθοι γι'αναζήτηση
άλλων πολιτισμών που έχασαν το δρόμο τους
μέσα στην αιώνια νύχτα
Κόσμοι μεγάλοι πανέμορφοι διάτρητοι
από όνειρα και αμαρτίες σαν τις δικές μας ασήμαντες σιωπές

Ξαναρχίζω πλέον να θυμάμαι
την αρχή και το τέλος αυτής της πορείας
Τι άλλο θέλεις;
Δε θέλω άλλο τίποτε να σου πω!

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What do you want to give you
to hand over this planet to us?

I turned two stars to look
in their sparkles your eyes

I looked for two asteroids to listen
in their sound your sweet voice

I looked for a black hole to get lost
in your tender embrace

What will you offer us as a sacrifice?

Take my knees
I can not stand other bows

Take my face
I can no longer stand the grimaces
of fear and loneliness

Take the light years I went through
in the eternal night
Just do not take my soul

I need it to count me

the pulses of my weakened desires



Τι θέλεις να σου χαρίσουμε
για να μας παραδώσεις αυτόν τον πλανήτη;
Γύρεψα δυο άστρα να κοιτάζω
μες στις λάμψεις τους τα μάτια σου
Γύρεψα δυο αστεροειδείς ν'ακούω
στον ήχο τους τη γλυκιά σου φωνή
Γύρεψα μια μαύρη τρύπα να χάνομαι
μες στην τρυφερή σου αγκαλιά

Τι θα μας προσφέρεις θυσία;
Πάρτε τα γόνατά μου
Δεν αντέχω άλλες υποκλίσεις
Πάρτε το πρόσωπό μου
Δεν αντέχω άλλο τους μορφασμούς
του φόβου και της μοναξιάς
Πάρτε τα έτη φωτός που διένυσα
μέσα στην αιώνια νύχτα
Μόνο μην παίρνετε τη ψυχή μου
Τη χρειάζομαι για να μου μετράει
τους παλμούς των εξασθενημένων μου πόθων

The Poet

CHRISTOS DIKBASANIS is a teacher, poet, writer and speculator of religions. He was born in Thessaloniki in 1961, where he graduated from the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He holds a Master's Degree from the Theological School with a specialization in Religious Studies and he is a PhD candidate at the University of Western Macedonia. He has collaborated with many specialty magazines. He writes poetry, essays, studies, short stories and novels. His poems have been published in various literary magazines. It has also been included in the "Great Encyclopedia of Mondern Greek Literature" of Haris Patsi publications and in the Who'sWho of journalists. He has participated with his texts in many collective works. He is a member of the Society of Greek Writers based in Athens and Thessaloniki. He has been honored with national and international awards for his poetic work.


Ο Χρήστος Ντικμπασάνης είναι καθηγητής, ποιητής, συγγραφέας και μελετητής των θρησκειών. Γεννήθηκε στη Θεσσαλονίκη το 1961, όπου και τελείωσε τη Θεολογική Σχολή του ΑΠΘ. Είναι κάτοχος του διπλώματος Μεταπτυχιακών Σπουδών της Θεολογικής Σχολής με ειδίκευση στη Θρησκειολογία και υποψήφιος διδάκτορας του Πανεπιστημίου της Δυτικής Μακεδονίας. Έχει συνεργαστεί με πολλά περιοδικά ειδικού τύπου. Γράφει ποίηση, δοκίμια, μελέτες, διηγήματα. Ποιήματά του έχουν παρουσιαστεί σε διάφορα λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά. Επίσης, έχει συμπεριληφθεί στη «Μεγάλη Εγκυκλοπαίδεια της Νεοελληνικής Λογοτεχνίας» των εκδόσεων Χάρη Πάτση. Έχει συμμετάσχει με κείμενά του σε πολλά συλλογικά έργα. Είναι μέλος της Εταιρείας Ελλήνων Λογοτεχνών (Ε.Ε.Λ.) με έδρα την Αθήνα και Θεσσαλονίκη(Ε.Λ.ΘΕ.) Επιπλέον έχει τιμηθεί με σημαντικά βραβεία.

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