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 

Sapfo Soutsou, Greece

Sapfo Soutsou, Greece

Sapfo Soutsou, Greece

IN ITS LIQUID ENVIRONMENT

The Poems

IN ITS LIQUID ENVIRONMENT

The jellyfish
Was reflected in the glass's white bed
Dancing beautifully within its liquid environment

During the conference commotion
no one listened to anyone
The waves washed up blasting
parched subconsciouses
which are commanding solely storks

And you were late
not by hours
by seashells

(Μετάφραση: Dimitris Mavros)


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ΣΤΟ ΥΓΡΟ ΤΗΣ ΠΕΡΙΒΑΛΛΟΝ

Η μέδουσα
Καθρεφτίστηκε στον λευκό πάτο του ποτηριού
Χόρευε όμορφα στο υγρό της περιβάλλον

Στην οχλοβοή του συνεδρίου
κανείς δεν άκουσε κανέναν
Τα κύματα ξεβράστηκαν ωστικά
σε ξερά υποσυνείδητα
που μόνο πελαργούς προστάζουν

Κι εσύ καθυστέρησες
όχι ώρες
κοχύλια


("Μάρτης αγνώστου μήνα", εκδόσεις Εκάτη, 2021)



* * * 


THE DOMESTIC SOIL

Romeo lay down dead upon the floor
His blood was squirted from this unheard-of pleasure

Medea ate the right hand of the pupil
of her eyes. The left one she dubbed crab

And Gkionis climbed the suspended heights
of his prison. He felt so freely white

At the season's end, those very stars fell
flowers inside the planters of the yard

How beautifully glistening the domestic soil

(Μετάφραση: Dimitris Mavros)


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ΤΟ ΚΑΤΟΙΚΙΔΙΟ ΧΩΜΑ

Ο Ρωμαίος ξάπλωσε νεκρός στο πάτωμα
Έχυσε αίμα απ' την πρωτόγνωρη αυτή ηδονή

Η Μήδεια έφαγε το δεξί χέρι της κόρης
των οφθαλμών της. Το αριστερό το έχρισε καβούρι

Κι ο Γκιώνης σκαρφάλωσε ψηλά στα μετέωρα
της φυλακής του. Ένιωθε τόσο ελεύθερα λευκός

Στο τέλος της εποχής, τα αστέρια αυτά έπεσαν
λουλούδια στις γλάστρες της αυλής

Τι όμορφα που άστραψε το κατοικίδιο χώμα

("Μάρτης αγνώστου μήνα", εκδόσεις Εκάτη, 2021)


The Poet

Η Σαπφώ  Σούτσου γεννήθηκε το 1993 στην Αθήνα. Σπούδασε Γαλλική Φιλολογία στην Αθήνα και το Παρίσι και Γνωσιακή Επιστήμη στο Δουβλίνο. Ποιήματά της απέσπασαν το πρώτο βραβείο στον 2ο Πανελλήνιο Διαγωνισμό Ποίησης "Γιώργος Ν. Κάρτερ" του Ιδρύματος Αικατερίνης Λασκαρίδη (2017). Η πρώτη ποιητική της συλλογή με τίτλο "Μάρτης αγνώστου μήνα" κυκλοφόρησε από τις εκδόσεις Εκάτη, τον Απρίλιο του ΄21. 

Penelope Zardoukα, Greece
Βραβεία Jean Moréas 2021 - Βραχείες λίστες
 

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