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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Fanis Papageorgiou, Greece


Fanis Papageorgiou, Greece

Decommissioned Time

Youth 30 years old

The Poems

Decommissioned Time

The defeat that we thought of
as not belonging to us
greater since it was
from its shadow
shorter since we were
from our sum
located us in the map

as this cloud
that dropping the counterweights
stood above us
and broke into two


Παροπλισμένη Ώρα

Η ήττα που πιστέψαμε
ότι δεν είναι δική μας
μεγαλύτερη καθώς ήταν
και από τον ίσκιο της
μικρότεροι καθώς ήμασταν
και από το άθροισμα μας
μας βρήκε στο χάρτη

όπως το σύννεφο εκείνο
που ρίχνοντας τα αντίβαρα
στάθηκε από πάνω μας
και άνοιξε στα δύο

* * *

Youth 30 years old

His entire life
was the making of symmetry
he did not have other identity
nor a job
maybe he could not speak

his aim was to uproot
the world
and create another

as if the practices of the heart
are sighing from symmetry
or four eyes
are ever symmetrical


Νέος Ετών 30

Όλη του η ζωή
ήταν η κατασκευή συμμετριών
άλλη ιδιότητα δεν είχε
ούτε και δουλειά
ίσως δε μιλούσε

Είχε στόχο να εκχερσώσει
τον κόσμο
να φτιάξει έναν άλλο

Λες και οι πρακτικές της καρδιάς
στενάζουν από συμμετρία
ή τέσσερα μάτια
δύο ανθρώπων
είναι ποτέ σύμμετρα

The Poet

Papageorgiou Theofanis was born in 1986 in Athens Greece. He studied economics in bachelor and master's degree and holds a PhD from National Technical University of Athens in the field of political economy. Currently, he is Assistant Professor in the Department of Business Administration, in the University of Patras. He has authored four books of poetry in Greek "Plintirio Astron" (Laundry of Stars), "H Thalasa me ta 150 Epipeda" (The sea with the 150 levels), "Dioriga Metaxi Nefon" (Canal between Clouds), "Me lathos Skia" (With faulty Shadow). His first book was selected in the short list of the Hellenic Authors' Association for the prize of the first-featured poet. Several poems of him have been translated in English and Spanish.


Ο Φάνης Παπαγεωργίου γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα το 1986. Σπούδασε οικονομικά σε προπτυχιακό και μεταπτυχιακό επίπεδο. Είναι διδάκτωρ Πολιτικής Οικονομίας στο Εθνικό Μετσόβιο Πολυτεχνείο. Σήμερα είναι επίκουρος καθηγητής στο Τμήμα Διοίκησης Επιχειρήσεων του Πανεπιστημίου Πατρών. Έχει εκδώσει τέσσερεις ποιητικές συλλογές: Πλυντήριο άστρων (Εκδόσεις Λογότεχνον, 2013, βραχεία λίστα πρωτοεμφανιζόμενων ποιητών για το Βραβείο «Γιάννη Βαρβέρη» 2013), Η θάλασσα με τα 150 επίπεδα (Εκδόσεις Κουκούτσι, 2016), Διώρυγα μεταξύ νεφών (Εκδόσεις Θράκα, 2018), Με λάθος σκιά (Εκδόσεις Κουκκίδα 2021). Ποιήματά του έχουν μεταφραστεί στα αγγλικά, γαλλικά, γερμανικά, σέρβικα και ισπανικά, ενώ έχουν δημοσιευτεί σε περιοδικά και εφημερίδες.

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