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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Michalis Papadopoulos, Cyprus


Michalis Papadopoulos, Cyprus

The Poems

The disagreement

For Cavafy, for Seferis
we are more or less in agreement
  even with
what they said that you didn't say
with words you put into their mouth
   that they didn't speak
you have drained them so thoroughly
  so thoroughly distilled them
that they'll surely say something different
Sachtouris, Karouzos —
  there's our disagreement.
There you get off your high horse
  there you hold your peace
over those that deploy verses
  as though in retaliation
of their self,
those steering a viewpoint
  from sunless

(Translated by Despina Pirketti)


Η διαφωνία

Για τον Kαβάφη, τον Σεφέρη
πάνω - κάτω συμφωνούμε
μ' ό,τι είπαν και δεν είπατε
μ' ό,τι βάλατε στα χείλη τους
 και δεν το είπαν
  Αν και
τόσο τους εξαντλήσατε
  τόσο τους αποστάξατε
που, σίγουρα, κάτι αλλιώτικο σήμερα
  θα πούνε
Για τον Σαχτούρη, τον Kαρούζο
  είναι η διαφωνία μας
Εκεί κόβεται η φόρα σας
Για όσους μετέρχονται στίχους
  ωσάν αντίποινα
 του εαυτού τους
Όσους χειρίζονται οπτική
  από ανήλιαγο

* * * 

Ode to Diego Armando Maradona

You didn't die of heroin
    an epidemic, pills
the ransomless lament of longevity
nor what it is customary for people
    to die of
sniffing the stench
of a high-yield immortality —
  that mistily devious
consumption of their myth
  which one day goes to dull them.
You never died in the moment
    they all expected.
Nor like mortals do, with the knowledge
 that one day they will die.
Nor even like a twilight
   leaning idly against the back
of a long day
   brandishing the veil
   of glimmering stars.
 No, you didn't die
Diego Armando Maradona.
The generosity of the gods
to make off like mere men
  is not death, is it?

(Translated by Despina Pirketti)


Ωδή στον Ντιέγο Αρμάντο Μαραδόνα

Δεν πέθανες από ηρωίνη
    επιδημίες, χάπια
το άλυτρο πένθος της μακροβιότητας
Ούτε απ' ό,τι πεθαίνουν συνήθως
    οι άνθρωποι
  μυρίζοντας τη λίγδα
μιας υψηλότοκης αθανασίας
    εκείνη την ανεξιχνίαστα δολερή
κατανάλωση του μύθου τους
    που μια μέρα τούς στομώνει
Δεν πέθανες ποτέ την ώρα
  που όλοι περίμεναν
Κι ούτε όπως οι βροτοί γνωρίζουν
 πως, μια μέρα, θα πεθάνουν
Μήτε σαν ένα λυκόφως
    γέρνει νωχελικά στην πλάτη
της κουρασμένης μέρας
    ανεμίζοντας το πέπλο
   των φεγγοβόλων άστρων
  Όχι, δεν πέθανες
Ντιέγο Αρμάντο Μαραδόνα
Η γενναιοδωρία των θεών
να την κάνουν σαν άνθρωποι
  δεν είναι θάνατος

The Poet

Michalis Papadopoulos was born in Nicosia. He studied philosophy at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has published six collections of poetry (Ammolithos, 1997, Within the Borders, State Poetry Award, 2000, Helicopter of a Fantastic Helicopter, 2010, Versions of a Poem, 2016, One in White and Two in Black, Sonata for Abstraction, in collaboration with the poet Nikolaidis, 2017, First Words, 2021). He has participated in various poetry festivals and poetic-artistic meetings in Cyprus, Greece and abroad, while his poems have been translated into various languages. He was a co-founder and collaborator of the Cypriot cultural magazine "Anev". Until recently, he worked as a journalist, copywriter and text editor in the print and electronic press, while he was responsible for publishing the cultural insert "Idydono" of the newspaper "I Simerini".


Ο Μιχάλης Παπαδόπουλος γεννήθηκε στη Λευκωσία. Σπούδασε φιλοσοφία στο Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης. Έχει εκδώσει πέντε ποιητικές συλλογές (Αμμόλιθος, 1997, Εντός Συνόρων, 2000 (Κρατικό Βραβείο Ποίησης Κύπρου), Έλικας Φανταστικού Ελικοπτέρου, 2010, Εκδοχές ενός Ποιήματος, 2016, Μια στο Λευκό και δυο στο Μαύρο, Σονάτα για την Αφαίρεση, σε σύμπραξη με τον ποιητή Παναγιώτη Νικολαΐδη, 2017).Έχει συμμετάσχει σε διάφορα φεστιβάλ ποίησης και ποιητικές-καλλιτεχνικές συναντήσεις στην Κύπρο, στην Ελλάδα και στο εξωτερικό, ενώ ποιήματά του έχουν μεταφραστεί σε διάφορες γλώσσες. Εργάζεται ως δημοσιογράφος, κειμενογράφος και επιμελητής κειμένων στον έντυπο και ηλεκτρονικό Τύπο, ενώ είχε την ευθύνη έκδοσης του πολιτιστικού ενθέτου «Ηδύφωνο» της εφημερίδας «Η Σημερινή».

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