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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Giorgos Karabelas, Greece

Giorgos Karabelas, Greece

Giorgos Karabelas, Greece

The Poems


Love is
Your pace in time
Your slow unwinding
The swift -in your silence- movements
That resolve
Until your consipiring smile
Can be heard

A journey to the unknown
At the eleventh hour
Before that
the silence
On her own
Embarking with words that are slow
onto speedy thoughts
At the eve of your eyes
The remebrance



Έρωτας είναι
Οι χρονικοί σου ρυθμοί
Το αργό σου ξετύλιγμα
Οι γρήγορες -εν τη σιωπή- σου κινήσεις
Που λύνονται
Ώσπου το σου συνωμοτικό χαμόγελο
Ν' ακουστεί

Ταξίδη στο άγνωρο
Την τελευταία στιγμή
Πιο πριν η σιωπή
Επιβίβαση με λέξεις αργές
σε σκέψεις γρήγορες
Στων ματιών σου το βράδυ
Η μνήμη

* * * 


The secret in a desire,
is something born by love.
And love is a progression,
of acts of admiration.

The secret of admiration,
In other words creation.
Is always brought about,
In freedom's whereabouts.

Freedom's secret lies of course,
in acting with sincerity.
Which is nourished by courage,
undoubtedly, with certainly.

The secret of courage
is the faith and the persistence,
it will be change always
the flow of the resistance.

For giving to someone,
first you will be the one to bare.
The self will whom eventually,
your givings you will share.



Το μυστικό του έρωτα,
το φέρνει η αγάπη.
Αυτή δημιουργείται με τον,
θαυμασμό που πράττει.

Το μυστικό του θαυμασμού,
το λεν δημιουργία.
Που πάντοτε γεννάται,
μέσα στην ελευθερία.

Το μυστικό της 'λευθερίας,
το φέρνει η ειλικρίνεια.
Που θρέφεται μοιραία,
με το θάρρος αναμφίβολα.

Το μυστικό του θάρρους,
είναι η πίστη κι ο εμμένων,
θ' αλλάζει μια για πάντα,
τη ροή των δεδομένων.

Σε κάποιον για να δώσεις,
πρέπει πρώτα εσύ να φτιάσεις,
τον εαυτό που κάποτε,
σ' εκείνον θα μοιράσεις.

The Poet

Giorgos Karabelas was born and raised in Athens, where he currently lives and skates. He graduated from the Faculty of Social Theology and received a History of Philosophy MA from the University of Athens. In the past he has worked as a carer for people with special needs and as an art model. «Simple Transition» is his first poetry collection, «The Child and the Angel» his second.


Ο Γιώργος Καράμπελας γεννήθηκε, ζει και κάνει Skate στην Αθήνα. Είναι απόφοιτος του τμήματος Κοινωνικής Θεολογίας και του μεταπτυχιακού Ιστορίας της Φιλοσοφίας του Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών. Στο παρελθόν έχει εργαστεί ως συνοδός ατόμων με αναπηρία και ως καλλιτεχνικό μοντέλο. Η «Απλή μετάβαση» είναι η πρώτη του ποιητική συλλογή, «Το Παιδί και ο Άγγελος» η δεύτερη.

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