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 

Victoria Gerontasiou, Greece

Victoria Gerontasiou, Greece

Victoria Gerontasiou, Greece

Storm 9

Storm 20

The Poems

Storm 9

Small body
Wanderer
In a world
Where you only sing
Fossilized language
In the short night, violence
And at the dawn of the winter
Broken border
You are being reborn
A life course
Grasps the time
In its hand, the tail
It tames him
Frozen

(From the book Little Storms, Thraca editions 2018)


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ΚΑΤΑΙΓΙΔΑ 9

Μικρό κορμί
Περπατητής
Σ' έναν κόσμο
Όπου μόνο τραγουδάς
Γλώσσα απολιθωμένη
Στη σύντομη νύχτα, βία
Και στην αυγή του χειμώνα
Σπασμένο σύνορο
Ξαναγεννιέσαι
Πορεία ζωής
Αρπάζει τον χρόνο
Στο χέρι, η ουρά
Τον εξημερώνει
Παγωμένος

(Από την Ποιητική συλλογή Μικρές Καταιγίδες, Θράκα 2018)


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Storm 20

The flame
An eye spilled on the floor
Νon-stop wheel
A year in a green desert
The dance of the soul in the street,
The enemies seem to be leaving
The future does not bother anymore
Moment of balance
Empty of any suspicion
Unbound light
My house aloft

(From the book Little Storms, Thraca editions 2018)


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ΚΑΤΑΙΓΙΔΑ 20

Η φλόγα
Ένα μάτι χυμένο στο πάτωμα
Ρόδα ασταμάτητη
Χρονιά σε πράσινη έρημο
Ο χορός της ψυχής στο δρόμο,
Οι εχθροί μοιάζουν να φεύγουν
Το μέλλον δεν ενοχλεί πια
Στιγμή ισορροπίας
Άδεια από κάθε υποψία
Ελεύθερο φως
Το σπίτι μου ψηλά

(Από την Ποιητική συλλογή Μικρές Καταιγίδες, Θράκα 2018)


The Poet


Victoria Gerontasiou was born in Athens, followed her undergraduate studies in the Department of Communication and Mass Media at the University of Athens and has a master's degree in "Literature and Arts" at the University of Poitiers in France. Her poems have been published in the French poetry magazines "Poésie Première", "Comme en Poésie" and "Les Carnets d'Eucharis", while she has collaborated as a journalist with the scientific magazine "L'actualité Nouvelle-Aquitaine". In Greece, she has collaborated with the magazines Thraca, Apoplous and Ta Poiitika. She was nominated for two awards of emerging poet, the first one from the literature magazine O Anagnostis and the second one from the Greek Writers' Society, for her book Little Storms, Thraca editions 2018.

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Η Βικτωρία Γεροντάσιου γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα, έκανε προπτυχιακές σπουδές στο τμήμα Επικοινωνίας και Μέσων Μαζικής Ενημέρωσης του Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών και μεταπτυχιακό με τίτλο «Λογοτεχνία και τέχνη » στο Πανεπιστήμιο του Poitiers της Γαλλίας. Ποιήματά της έχουν δημοσιευτεί στα γαλλικά περιοδικά ποίησης«Poésie Première», «Comme en Poésie» και «Les Carnets d'Eucharis», ενώ έχει συνεργαστεί ως δημοσιογράφος με το επιστημονικό περιοδικό« L'actualité Nouvelle-Aquitaine ». Στην Ελλάδα, έχει συνεργαστεί με τα περιοδικά Θράκα, Απόπλους και Τα Ποιητικά. Ήταν προτεινόμενη για το βραβείο πρωτοεμφανιζόμενου ποιητή του περιοδικού Αναγνώστης και της Εταιρείας Συγγραφέων για το βιβλίο Μικρές Καταιγίδες, εκδόσεις Θράκα 2018.

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