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 

Thanos Gogos, Greece

Thanos Gogos, Greece

Thanos Gogos, Greece

The Poems


She has a pierced bone
From within it gushes
the milk

In the plateau
They detest her:

This seashell
This seashell, they say, that I have
This seashell that I have
In me

Counts the laws like a rower
Pursues
Sinks all things and they find their joy


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Trips to the south rarely take place

At least
Consciously

People enlist in the north



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Images depart
For international waters

There
They sing a revolution
A train
A defeat
-
In the end
-
Or sometimes
In the beginning, too

Bodies
Open up a lake
In some country
Of the north
And remain
Alone


(translate:Lena Kallergi)


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Έχει ένα τρυπημένο οστό
Κι από μέσα του αναβλύζει
το γάλα

Στο οροπέδιο
Την απεχθάνονται:

Αυτό το κοχύλι
Αυτό το κοχύλι λένε που έχω
Αυτό το κοχύλι που έχω
Μέσα μου

Μετρά τους νόμους σαν κωπηλάτης
Ιχνηλατεί
Όλα τα δύει και βρίσκουν τη χαρά τους


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Τα ταξίδια προς τον νότο γίνονται σπάνια

Τουλάχιστον με
Συνείδηση

Ο κόσμος στρατεύεται προς τον βορρά


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Οι εικόνες φεύγουν
Σε διεθνή ύδατα

Εκεί
Τραγουδούν μια επανάσταση
Έναν συρμό
Μια ήττα
-
Στο τέλος
-
Ή μερικές φορές
Και στην αρχή

Τα σώματα
Ανοίγουν μια λίμνη
Σε κάποια χώρα
Του βορρά
Και μένουν
Μόνα

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Είναι από το βιβλίο Ντακάρ (Μελάνι 2020)


The Poet

Thanos Gogos was born in Larissa in 1985. He is the founder of publishing house and literarymagazine Thraka,and the co-founderand director of the Thessalian Poetry Festival. He has published two poetry collections: Frontier Playground (Farfulas, 2013), Glasgow (Thraka,2014), and Dakar (Melani, 2020). His poems have been published in various electronic and physical literary magazines and have been translated in 8 languages. In 2015,he participated in 2nd Young Writers Festival at the International bookfair of Thessaloniki, organized by Hellenic Foundation of Culture. His works appeared in the New Voices of Greece, anthology, which was published by Hellenic Foundation of Culture and presented in the 67thFrankfurt Book Fair. He is a member of Versopolis network and Poets' Circle

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Ο Θάνος Γώγος γεννήθηκε το 1985 στη Λάρισα. Είναι εκδότης του λογοτεχνικού περιοδικού και των εκδόσεων «θράκα», ιδρυτής (μαζί με τον Σωτήρη Παστάκα και τον Αντώνη Ψάλτη) και διευθυντής του Πανθεσσαλικού Φεστιβάλ Ποίησης και Project Coordinator του Ευρωπαϊκού λογοτεχνικού προγράμματος λογοτεχνικών διαμονών Ulysses Shelter (Creative Europe). Το 2013 κυκλοφόρησε η πρώτη του ποιητική συλλογή Μεταιχμιακή χαρά, εκδ. Φαρφουλάς, και το 2014 η ποιητική σύνθεση Γλασκώβη, εκδ. Θράκα (2019 β έκδοση, εκδόσεις Sandorf, 2020, Κροατία) και το 2020 η ποιητική σύνθεση Ντακάρ από εκδ. Μελάνι, (δίγλωσση έκδοση) και από το πολιτιστικό κέντρο Μάριμπορ, Σλοβενία. Ποιήματά του έχουν δημοσιευτεί σε έντυπα και ηλεκτρονικά λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά και έχουν μεταφραστεί σε 10 γλώσσες. Έχει συμμετάσχει σε πολλές ανθολογίες και φεστιβάλ ποίησης στην Ελλάδα και το εξωτερικo. Είναι μέλος του Δικτύου Versopolis και μέλος του Δ.Σ. του Κύκλου Ποιητών. Διαμένει στα παράλια Λάρισας.

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