Patras World Poetry Festival 2021

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4th “Patras World Poetry Festival 2021

13th - 19th of December

LIVE & ON LINE EVENTS

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 www.culturebook.gr 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 culturebook.gr 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.
  • Art Exhibition: “CONFINEMENT-FREEDOM-HUMAN REVOLUTIONS”
  • 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 (culturebook.gr), 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 www.culturebook.gr.

Sincerely,

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

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EVENT MANAGER

Maria Alaniadi

Communication:

poetryfestival@culturebook.gr

grafeion.poihseos@culturebook.gr

Archival content available on www.culturebook.gr 

Nthabiseng JahRose Jafta, South Africa

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Nthabiseng JahRose Jafta, South Africa

The Poems

It's in our names

A child bearing gifts as I trot the earth
To unknot life's mysteries
Every branch in the family tree has a name.

Ke theoha kgulong la Matselane le Mpho
I am a native to Mother of Journeys
and Father of Gifts.

I suckled on a mammoth of Inheritance
Named – Lefa Father to a Builder – Agang
I left the same milk for Gratitude – Kelebohile.

A delighted Rainbow Child
Bringing forth Words – Lentsoe my Sun shine
In Union with –Bonngoe a Sister to Change – Phetoho.

The chapter is now wrapped by Revelations
of Wealth – Tshenolo ya Lehumo
The lineage paused here.

Bitso lebe ke seromo
We live to follow our names
Mine is Nthabiseng – Rejoice with me.


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Mabasootho | Brown days 

Hello soil child your father's
Herds are in the kraal
We will learn from you

Appàrels of the brown ones
Thethana the original Tutu skirt
Tightly holding the waist
Breasts like mountains pointing with pride

Mother-wildflower
Called mmae-Shweshwe
With her shweshwe fabrics
Her colours sewn on her Queens's cloth
Crowned with Seanamarena
Bohadi's celebratory blanket

Aunt chants Bafokeng ba ha Makgetha
Granny joins with her grandchildren, Bakwena
Passing gratitude to the ancestry before us
Praising the God of yesterdays
Inspiring the days when
Respect was soul food
Love brewed in the hearts of men
Botho in abundance of the stars

Hello soil child
Your father's Herds are in the kraal
You became a true cultural shepherd
We will learn from you
Mother of the brown ones
Mmabasootho

Hello soil child your father's
Herds are in the kraal
We will learn from you

Appàrels of the brown ones
Thethana the original Tutu skirt
Tightly holding the waist
Breasts like mountains pointing with pride

Mother-wildflower
Called mmae-Shweshwe
With her shweshwe fabrics
Her colours sewn on her Queens's cloth
Crowned with Seanamarena
Bohadi's celebratory blanket

Aunt chants Bafokeng ba ha Makgetha
Granny joins with her grandchildren, Bakwena
Passing gratitude to the ancestry before us
Praising the God of yesterdays
Inspiring the days when
Respect was soul food
Love brewed in the hearts of men
Botho in abundance of the stars

Hello soil child
Your father's Herds are in the kraal
You became a true cultural shepherd
We will learn from you
Mother of the brown ones
Mmabasootho


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Mabasootho | (Brown Days)
Sesotho Language largely spoken in South Africa

Ekare kea bona mohlang oo
mohla monene
Mekgabo ea ba sootho o e pepesitse
Thethana theka le e dutse
Matswele seka dithaba a eme pepeneneng

Mmae shweshwe ka seshweshwe a se tenne
mebala e metle hakaalo
Seanamarena yona kobo ea bohadi

A se otle seboko mmangwane a feleheditswe ke Nkgono oa tsona
Ditloholo le ditloholwana, a boka ba pele baseng ba fetile
Le ho leboha Tlatlamatjholo, mohlodi oa mahodimo le mafatshe

Thlompho e be dijo tsa moya
Lerato le bele pelong tsa bohle
Botho e be matletsetletse

Hela ngwana mobu kajeno o entse taba
Mehlape ya ntate e ka sakeng
O bile modisa oa nnete,
hoba setso, bonono le botjhaba
Re tla ithuta ho tswa ho wena
Mmabasootho

The Poet

Nthabiseng JahRose Jafta is an International Performing Poet, Singer, Content developer and Creative Strategist born in the Free State, South Africa. She writes in her home language Sesotho and English, her poems are translated into Spanish, Danish, Mandarin and Braille She has published 30 publications ranging from Literary journals, Poetry anthologies, Compilations, Novels, Audio books and Children books. She is presently a candidate for a Masters in Creative Writing at Rhodes University. JahRose is the deputy president of NWASA (National Writers Association of South Africa) She is a founder of Poetic Blues Virtual/ Festival: An international platform from poets and musicians. See www.poeticblues.co.za

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