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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Petros Skythiotis, Greece

Petros Skythiotis, Greece

Petros Skythiotis, Greece

The Poems


Alberto once asked why they align people.
I thought that maybe it's because they don't have
the same dream or because they don't have the same pace;
   I said that definitely it's because they didn't choose an idea
   to circulate freely.
He got up, went out in the yard, slowly counted eleven steps,
turned around and fired the gun.

I stayed there staring at the hole;
at the new Free World the bullet opened up behind the wall.

   That's why they align people, Alberto said.
   To kill eleven.

(μετάφραση: Μαρία Τσανακαλιώτη)



Ο Αλμπέρτο ρώτησε κάποτε γιατί στοιχίζουν τους ανθρώπους. Σκέφτηκα πως ίσως γιατί δεν 
βλέπουν το ίδιο όνειρο ή γιατί δεν έχουν το ίδιο βήμα·

   είπα πως σίγουρα γιατί δεν επέλεξαν μια ιδέα να

   κυκλοφορεί ελεύθερα.

   Σηκώθηκε, βγήκε στην αυλή, μέτρησε αργά έντεκα βήματα, έκανε μεταβολή και έριξε με 
το πιστόλι. Εγώ έμεινα να κοιτάζω την τρύπα·

   το νέο κόσμο που άνοιξε η σφαίρα πίσω απ' τον τοίχο.

Γι' αυτό στοιχίζουν τους ανθρώπους, είπε ο Αλμπέρτο.
Για να σκοτώνουν έντεκα.

* * * 


Some night it started raining.
Alberto sat at the piano.
   'The rain will pour the fish down', he said.
   'And fish can see in the dark. And fish eat anything
   they see alive'.

After a while the water came in, I climbed on the table.
   'This night is alive but art is larger than life', said Alberto.
   Water was now reaching his mouth.
'This night is alive but art is larger than life', Alberto kept singing;

until the music stopped
and out came the fish.

(μετάφραση: Γιώργος Τσαβδαρίδης)



Κάποιο βράδυ άρχισε να βρέχει. Ο Αλμπέρτο κάθισε στο πιάνο.

   Η βροχή θα κατεβάσει κάτω τα ψάρια, είπε.

   Και τα ψάρια βλέπουν στο σκοτάδι.

   Και τα ψάρια τρώνε ό,τι μικρό βλέπουν. Σε λίγο τα νερά μπαίνανε μέσα, εγώ ανέβηκα
στο τραπέζι.

   Η νύχτα είναι μικρή μα η τέχνη είναι μεγάλη, είπε ο Αλμπέρτο. Τα νερά φτάνανε τώρα
στο στόμα του.

   Η νύχτα είναι μικρή μα η τέχνη είναι μεγάλη, συνέχιζε ο Αλμπέρτο·
ώσπου η μουσική σταμάτησε και βγήκανε
τα ψάρια.

The Poet

Petros Skythiotis (1992) born in Larisa, Greece. He is a PhD Candidate in Educational studies. He has published two collections of poems: A Treaty of Balance (2014) and Academic notes of Jan Markezic (2018). He has participated in poetry festivals and anthologies in Greece and abroad. His poems have been translated in English, Croatian and Macedonian. He is also a lyricist.


Ο Πέτρος Σκυθιώτης (1992) γεννήθηκε στη Λάρισα. Είναι Υποψ. Διδάκτορας στις Επιστήμες της Αγωγής. Έχει εκδώσει δύο ποιητικές συλλογές: την Συνθήκη Ισορροπίας (2014) και το Οι Ακαδημαϊκές Σημειώσεις του Ίαν Μάρκεζιτς (2018). Έχει συμμετάσχει σε φεστιβάλ ποίησης και ανθολογίες στην Ελλάδα και το εξωτερικό. Τα ποιήματά του έχουν μεταφραστεί στα αγγλικά, τα κροατικά και το σλαβομακεδόνικα. Είναι, επίσης, στιχουργός. 

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