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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Panagiotis Miliotis, Greece

Panagiotis Miliotis, Greece

Panagiotis Miliotis, Greece

The Poems

Weights of such disorder

Inside the home where she lives
but it is closed and untidy,
because all day the woman who maintains it,
runs with a disk in her hand, - to catch up
the twenty tables with the forty chairs.
                                                    At afternoon
i found her at home. The couch, the furniture and the library
had been knelt by the fatigue. The mask
stuck in their mounths.
                                    We wiped
the sweet dripping from our eyes.
Stop, he tells me, to open the windows
It was not only the dissolution that was advancing in their gaze,
It was also the anger –hollow– for the time being
they could not understood why weights of such disorder
were being lifted on their backs,
                                                   while they were working
for the maintenance and development
of law and order.


Βάρη τέτοιας αταξίας

Μέσα στο πατρικό που κατοικείται
αλλά είναι κλειστό κι ατακτοποίητο,
διότι όλη την ημέρα η γυναίκα που το συντηρεί
τρέχει μ' ένα δίσκο στο χέρι, − για να προλάβει
τα είκοσι τραπέζια με τις σαράντα τους καρέκλες
                                                          Το βράδυ
βρεθήκαμε σπίτι της, η κούραση είχε γονατίσει
τον καναπέ, το σύνθετο, τη βιβλιοθήκη. Η μάσκα
κολλούσε στα στοματά τους.
τον ιδρώτα που 'σταζε στα μάτια μας.
Κάτσε, μου λέει, ν' ανοίξω τα παράθυρα
                                              Δεν ήταν
μόνο η διάλυση που προχώραγε στο βλέμμα τους,
ήταν κι ο θυμός – κούφιος – για την ώρα
να κατανοήσουν δε μπορούσαν, γιατί στις πλάτες τους
φορτωνόντουσαν βάρη τέτοιας αταξίας,
                                                    ενώ δούλευαν
για τη διατήρηση και την ανάπτυξη
του νόμου και της τάξης.

* * * 

In order not to broke the law of deal and demand

The mind of the people is unawared and confused,
It is overshadowed as the hands of science approach it.
We blame
(without names to say)
the pharmaceutical industries
and some scientists
who blew it intentionally
–do not think the conspiracy–
the purpose: do not broke
the law of deal and demand.



Ανενημέρωτο – γι' αυτό – κι ανταριασμένο – το μυαλό του λαού
σκιάζεται όπως το πλησιάζουν της επιστήμης τα χέρια.
Ως υπαίτιους κατονομάζουμε
(δίχως ονόματα να λέμε)
τις φαρμακοβιομηχανίες
όπως και κάποιους επιστήμονες
που τα 'καναν επίτηδες μαντάρα
–μην πάει ο νου σας στη συνωμοσία–
σκοπός: μην παραβιαστεί καλέ
της προσφοράς και της ζήτησης ο νόμος.

The Poet

Panagiotis Miliotis was born in 1983 in Athens. He studied electronics and works in the field of communications. He was published three poetry collections A breath of street (Ars Nocturna, 2013), for whi (ch he was awarded the Giannis Varveris Prize of the Writer's Society (2014), the collection entitled Sketch in the wardrobe (Thraca 2017,2nd edition Enypnio) and the collection entitled Melting with the boots the grass (Enypnio,2021). His poems and articles have been published in electronic and print magazines.


O Παναγιώτης Μηλιώτης γεννήθηκε το 1983 στην Αθήνα. Σπούδασε ηλεκτρονικός κι εργάζεται στον κλάδο των τηλεπικοινωνιών. Έχει εκδώσει τρεις ποιητικές συλλογές Μια ανάσα δρόμο (Ars Nocturna,2013), για την οποία του απενεμήθη το βραβείο Γιάννης Βαρβέρης της Εταιρείας Συγγραφέων 2014, τη συλλογή με τίτλο το Σκίτσο στην ντουλάπα (Θράκα 2017, β΄ έκδοση Ενύπνιο,2020) και τη συλλογή με το τίτλο Λιώναν με τις μπότες το χορτάρι (Ενύπνιο,2021). Ποιήματα του και άρθρα έχουν δημοσιευτεί σε ηλεκτρονικά και έντυπα περιοδικά.

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