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 Koltsidas, Greece

Christos Koltsidas, Greece

Christos Koltsidas, Greece

The Poems


With her hammer and anvil
and with the spark of lightning in July.

With what is inside you
a loose dog and a tracker
and outside of you
a tame puppy in the yard.

With the multitude of herbs,
the pomegranate and its decay,
and above all
with the sun.

Nature rests on her laurels.

She loves you
and she breaks you.

(Teflon, issue 25, Summer-Fall 2021)

(Translation: Lena Kallergi)



Με το σφυρί και το αμόνι της
και με το σπίθισμα του κεραυνού Ιούλιο μήνα.

Μ' αυτό που είναι μέσα σου
σκυλί λυτό και ιχνηλάτης
κι απ' έξω σου
ήμερο κουταβάκι της αυλής.

Με τα πολλά μυρωδικά,
το ρόδι και τη σήψη του,
και πάνω απ' όλα
με τον ήλιο.

Η φύση επαναπαύεται στις δόξες της.

Σ' αγαπάει
και σε τσακίζει.

(Τεφλόν, τχ. 25, Καλοκαίρι-Φθινόπωρο 2021)

* * * 


Beneath our feet beats
the beautiful artery of eternity.

It nourishes trees, people, living things.

And we,
with our duty of shade and light,
stir the water
in the great well of the world.

Thus we distribute evenly
a little of Life's infiniteness
a little of Death's experience.

(Aquifers, Thraca 2021)

(Translation: Lena Kallergi)



Κάτω απ' τα πόδια μας χτυπά
η όμορφη αρτηρία της αιωνιότητας.

Θρέφει δέντρα, ανθρώπους, ζωντανά.

Κι εμείς,
μ' ένα καθήκον φωτοσκιάσεων,
αναδεύουμε το νερό
στο μεγάλο πηγάδι του κόσμου.

Έτσι μοιράζουμε ισάξια
λίγο απ' την απειρία της Ζωής,
λίγο απ' την πείρα του Θανάτου.

(Νεροφόροι, Θράκα 2021)

The Poet

Ο Χρήστος Κολτσίδας γεννήθηκε στην Καρδίτσα το 1991. Ζει στη Θεσσαλονίκη. Σπούδασε φιλοσοφία και εκπονεί διδακτορική διατριβή με θέμα τη σχέση της φιλοσοφίας του Βίτγκενσταϊν με τη σύγχρονη αναλυτική φιλοσοφία της θρησκείας. Κυκλοφορούν οι ποιητικές του συλλογές: Τα ορεινά (Μελάνι 2015, Κρατικό βραβείο πρωτοεμφανιζόμενου συγγραφέα 2016), Βροχή περασμένη (Μελάνι 2020) και Νεροφόροι (Θράκα 2021).

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