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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Vasilis Pandis, Greece

Vasilis Pandis, Greece

Vasilis Pandis, Greece

The Poems

Cerement Saturday

Secret labour
a jolt
inside your throat

the way of such a light
falling on the cerement
the way of so much whiteness
on the wood

The night
the bitterest pulley
the world

Guard your soil
oh soul
for fallacies nest
in all of your folds


Σάβανο Σάββατο

Μύχιος μόχθος
κάτι σκοντάφτει
στο λαιμό

πώς πέφτει τέτοιο φως
πάνω στο σάβανο
τόση λευκότητα
στο ξύλο

Είναι η νύχτα
που τον κόσμο
το πιο πικρό μαγκάνι

Κράτα το χώμα σου
στην κάθε σου πτυχή
φωλιάζ' η πλάνη

* * * 

It is then

At night when remorse disappears
the root lifts the soil
however fortune
laughs deeper
by the leaves

There is a thirst
      in every tear
and a sleepless sea
that the dead hold
in their eyes
like a pale sky

it is then
that they hurry
towards oblivion
and darkness separates
               from the shadow
               before zero
in the midst of other rains

where death
           does not belong
and the waters
run clear
through the rock

The leaves are shouting Hades
Hades the assailable
The two rivers
            by flowing


Είναι τότε

Τη νύχτα που οι τύψεις εκλείπουν
η ρίζα σηκώνει το χώμα
κι όμως η τύχη
βαθύτερα γελάει
στα φύλλα

Είναι στο δάκρυ
                μια δίψα
κι είναι ακοίμητη
             μια θάλασσα
που οι πεθαμένοι την κρατούν
σαν ουρανό χλωμό
στα μάτια

είναι τότε
που ανοίγουν ολοένα το βήμα
στη λήθη
και ξεχωρίζει το σκοτάδι
                     απʼ τη σκιά
το ένα
                πριν απʼ το μηδέν
ανάμεσα σε άλλες βροχές

εκεί όπου ο θάνατος
             δεν έχει θέση
κι από την πέτρα
περνάν τα νερά

Άδης φωνάζουν τα φύλλα
Άδης ο τρωτός
και ιδού
τα δυο ποτάμια

The Poet

Vasilis Pandis was born in 1997 in Corfu, Greece. He has published three poetry collections.

Ο Βασίλης Πανδής γεννήθηκε το 1997 στην Κέρκυρα. Έργα του: Χάσμα βαθύ (Οδός Πανός, 2018), Ιόνιος Ακολουθία (Οδός Πανός, 2019), Πρόλογος σε κάθε πιθανό μέλλον (Οδός Πανός, 2021).

Penelope Zardoukα, Greece
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