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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Ioanna Lioutsia, Greece


Ioanna Lioutsia, Greece

The Poems

When I utter "freedom"

When I utter the word "freedom"
two images always come to mind:

sixth grade boys
with bicycles in packs
around the city's neighborhoods


a chubby Chinese teenager
second generation immigrant
with his plastic slippers left upside down
lounging outside his parents' store
like a cat
[on an] October afternoon.

(Μτφ: Ιωάννα Λιούτσια – Γιάννης Στάμος)


Όταν προφέρω τη λέξη «ελευθερία»

Όταν προφέρω τη λέξη «ελευθερία»
στο νου μου έρχονται πάντα δύο εικόνες:

αγόρια της τελευταίας τάξης του δημοτικού
με τα ποδήλατα σε αγέλες
στις γειτονιές της πόλης


ένας έφηβος Κινέζος
αφράτος μετανάστης δεύτερης γενιάς
με πεταμένες τις πλαστικές παντόφλες
φαρδύς πλατύς έξω απ' το μαγαζί
σαν γάτος
Οκτώβρη μήνα μεσημέρι.

* * * 

The City at Night

more blankets
piles of blankets
only blankets
blankets vertically
and blankets horizontally
in all shades of woollen brown
a road paved with blankets
among the blankets you'll find blankets
above below around the man
just blankets

- behind him though
inside the big toy store on the corner
pretty little dolls with their little pets
sleep in their little beds and cots

(Μτφ: Ιωάννα Λιούτσια – Γιάννης Στάμος)


H πόλη τη νύχτα

κι άλλες κουβέρτες
σωρός κουβέρτες
μόνο κουβέρτες
κουβέρτες κάθετα
και οριζόντια κουβέρτες
σ' όλες τις αποχρώσεις του μάλλινου καφέ
ένας δρόμος στρωμένος κουβέρτες
ανάμεσα στις κουβέρτες θα βρεις κουβέρτες
κάτω πάνω γύρω από τον άνθρωπο

- πίσω του όμως στο γωνιακό πολυκατάστημα
κούκλες, κουκλάκια και τα ζωάκια τους
κοιμούνται στα κρεβατάκια τους

* Αδημοσίευτα ποιήματα

The Poet

Ioanna Lioutsia was born in Thessaloniki in 1992. She is a PhD researcher on Performance Art in Balkans (University of Peloponnese). She holds an integrated master degree in Directing (Theatre department, AUTh, 2018), a BA in Acting (Contemporary Theatre Drama School, 2017) and a BA in History&Archaeology (AUTh, 2014). She works as an actress, director and Drama in Education instructor. She has written the following books: 12 short plays for 19 World Days (for primary schools, 2021), Silence in two spaces, (poetry, 2019), Arrythmias (poetry, 2016), Talks on Mi+ (poetry, 2014) and has translated H. Ibsen's, Norma or Politician's love (2020). Poems and other texts about theatre and literature are also published in anthologies and magazines. She has been awarded with the 2nd prize in Playwriting Contest of State Theatre of N.Aegean for her first play (2014), while her next play was shortlisted at Theatertreffen Berliner Festspiele 2019.


Ιωάννα Λιούτσια: Γεννήθηκε‌ ‌στη‌ ‌Θεσσαλονίκη‌ ‌το‌ ‌1992. ‌Υποψήφια‌ ‌διδάκτορας‌ στο τμήμα ‌Θεατρικών‌ ‌Σπουδών‌ ‌(Πανεπιστήμιο‌ ‌Πελοποννήσου).‌ ‌ ‌Απόφοιτη‌ ‌των τμημάτων Ιστορίας‌ ‌–‌Αρχαιολογίας‌ & Θεάτρου‌ ‌ΑΠΘ‌ ‌και‌ ‌της‌ ‌Ανωτέρας‌ ‌Δραματικής‌ ‌Σχολής‌ ‌"Σύγχρονο‌ ‌Θέατρο‌ ‌Βασίλης‌ ‌Διαμαντόπουλος".‌ ‌‌ ‌Έχουν‌ ‌κυκλοφορήσει‌ ‌τρεις‌ ‌ποιητικές‌ ‌της‌ ‌συλλογές:‌ ‌‌Συνομιλίες‌ ‌σε‌ ‌Μη+‌ ‌‌(2014),‌ ‌‌Αρρυθμίες‌ ‌(2016),‌ ‌‌Η‌ ‌Σιωπή‌ ‌σε‌ ‌δύο‌χώρους‌‌ ‌(2018),‌ ‌μία‌ ‌συλλογή‌ ‌θεατρικών‌ ‌έργων‌ ‌για‌ ‌παιδιά‌ ‌(‌12‌ ‌σκετς‌ ‌για‌ ‌19‌ ‌Παγκόσμιες‌ ‌Ημέρες‌,‌ ‌2021), καθώς και η μετάφρασή της στο έργο του Ε. Ίψεν Νόρμα ή Ο έρωτας ενός πολιτικού (2020). Το‌ ‌πρώτο‌ ‌της‌ ‌θεατρικό‌ ‌κείμενο‌ ‌‌Τη‌‌ ‌‌Μοναξιά‌ και‌ ‌τους‌ ‌Ανθρώπους‌ ‌να‌ ‌Φοβάσαι‌‌ ‌απέσπασε‌ ‌το‌ ‌Β'‌ ‌βραβείο‌ ‌στο‌ ‌διαγωνισμό‌ ‌συγγραφής‌ ‌του‌ ‌ΔΗΠΕΘΕ‌ ‌Β.‌ ‌Αιγαίου‌ ‌(2014)‌,‌ ‌ενώ‌ ‌το‌ ‌επόμενο‌ ‌‌First‌ ‌we‌ ‌take‌ ‌Manhattan,‌ ‌then‌ ‌we‌ ‌take‌ ‌Berlin‌ ‌συμπεριλήφθηκε ‌στη‌ ‌shortlist‌ του‌ ‌Berliner‌ ‌Festspiele‌ ‌2019.‌ ‌Άλλα‌ ‌ποιήματά‌ ‌της‌ ‌βρίσκονται‌ ‌σε‌ ‌ανθολογίες‌ ‌και‌ ‌συλλογικά‌ ‌έργα, ενώ από το 2012 αρθρογραφεί τακτικά σχετικά με τη λογοτεχνία και το θέατρο.‌ ‌Εργάζεται‌ ‌ως‌ ‌ηθοποιός,‌ ‌σκηνοθέτης‌ ‌και‌ ‌θεατροπαιδαγωγός.‌ ‌ ‌

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