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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Lampros Papadimas, Greece

Lampros Papadimas, Greece

Lampros Papadimas, Greece

The Poems


Oh, my dear and holy family men,
what lies within you
is just a night
full of certainties
and sharpened nails

a night born
amid the solid,
hellish darkness,
that crawled its way to our land
a night as deep as it gets

My dear family men,
this night is thirsty
without being picky
and the Devil knows for a fact
that in Afrin, in Gaza, in Aegean,
the blood tastes and weighs
just the same

(Mετάφραση από τον: Χρήστο Αρμάντο Γκέζο)



καλοί μου κι άγιοι νοικοκύρηδες,
αυτό που μέσα σας φωλιάζει
είναι μια νύχτα
γεμάτη βεβαιότητες
κι ακονισμένα νύχια

στης Κόλασης
το συμπαγές σκοτάδι
κι έφτασε έρποντας στον τόπο μας
στην πιο βαθιά της εκδοχή

καλοί μου νοικοκύρηδες,
η νύχτα αυτή έχει μια δίψα
μια δίψα δίχως προτιμήσεις
κι ο διάβολος ξέρει καλά
πως στο Αφρίν, στη Γάζα ή στο Αιγαίο
το αίμα έχει την ίδια γεύση
και πυκνότητα

* * * 


«Love speaks
in immigrants' language»
you kept telling me as we were consuming
in pebbles, books, and cigarettes
and I
who only speak my native language
hastily I put my shadow on
and faded away

(Mετάφραση από τον: Χρήστο Αρμάντο Γκέζο)



«η αγάπη μιλά
με γλώσσα μετανάστη»
μου 'λεγες όσο καταναλώναμε
την Αμοργό
σε βότσαλα, βιβλία και τσιγάρα
κι εγώ
που μιλώ μόνο τη γλώσσα του αυτόχθονα
φόρεσα βιαστικά τη σκιά μου
και χάθηκα

*Τα ποιήματα προέρχονται από το βιβλίο «Μηχανική Θλίψη» (Θράκα, 2021)

The Poet

Lampros Papadimas was born in Athens in 1988. He did his masters in Pedagogy at the University of Thessaly and currently works as a primary school teacher. He also studies Philosophy at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki while is a PhD candidate at the Department of Primary Education of the University of Thessaly. His poems have been published in printed and digital literary magazines. He has published a poetry collection entitled "Mechanical Compression" (Gavriilidis 2019, Thraka 2021).


Ο Λάμπρος Παπαδήμας γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα το 1988. Σπούδασε Παιδαγωγικά στο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλίας κι εργάζεται ως δάσκαλος. Σπουδάζει Φιλοσοφία στο Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο και είναι υποψήφιος διδάκτορας στο Παιδαγωγικό τμήμα του Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλίας. Ποιήματά του έχουν δημοσιευθεί σε έντυπα και ηλεκτρονικά λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά. Έχει εκδώσει μία ποιητική συλλογή με τίτλο «Μηχανική Θλίψη» (Γαβριηλίδης 2019, Θράκα 2021).

Το φανταστικό και το μαγικό στα διηγήματα της Καζο...
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Guest - Χάιδω Μένια Κολιτσα on Σάββατο, 11 Δεκεμβρίου 2021 21:09
Congrats !!!!

Your poems are so descriptive & full of meaning that needs to be analysed !!!!
Keep rocking Lampros!!!
Chaido Kolitsa

Your poems are so descriptive & full of meaning that needs to be analysed !!!! Keep rocking Lampros!!! Yours Chaido Kolitsa
Τετάρτη, 29 Νοεμβρίου 2023

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