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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Vladimir Martinovski, Republic of North Macedonia


Vladimir Martinovski, Republic of North Macedonia

The Poems


Inspired by a black 
and white photograph
from the Museum of
Photography in Paris

The Father
is missing

He probably never
liked to have his picture taken
(or maybe he's hiding
behind the camera)

The Mother
is also missing

She probably got tired
of posing without her husband
(or maybe she's in the kitchen
or in front of a mirror)

The children
are also missing

The son could be in the army
or lives with his in-laws,
the daughter could be
living somewhere overseas

The grandfather
is also missing

(He has, probably, long ago
departed from this world)

that's why the grandmother
holds the old
family portrait
just like mothers
hold their baby
or kids hold
their doll

(Translation from Macedonian
by Milan Damjanoski)



Според една црно-бела
од Музејот на
во Париз

Таткото го нема

Веројатно не сака
никогаш да го сликаат
(а можеби е засолнет
зад фотоапаратот)

Ни мајката ја нема

Веројатно ѝ здодеало
да се слика без сопругот
(а можеби е во кујната
или пред огледалото)

Ни децата ги нема

Веројатно синот е
во војска или е домазет
а можеби ќерката е
замината јабана

Ни дедото го нема

(Веројатно веќе одамна
заминал од овој свет)

Можеби затоа бабата
го држи стариот семеен портрет
како што мајките држат бебе
или децата кукла

* * * 


like pumpkins
about to burst
the two suitcases
stand in the middle
of the lobby

No room
for so many
pieces of clothes
books and

(We put them back
in the closets
on the shelves)

All of them
in an instance
are infused
with a silent
emotion: perhaps

that very sorrow felt
by all those for whom
there was no room
in Noah's big suitcase

(Translation from Macedonian
by Milan Damjanoski)



Подуени како тикви
пред пукањедвата куфера
чекаат среде ходникот

За многу алишта
книги и дреболии
немаше место

(Ги враќаме
во плакарите
по витрините)

Во сите нив како за миг
да се всели некое немо
неискажливо чувство:

можеби тагата на сите оние
за кои немало место
во големиот куфер на Ное

The Poet

Vladimir Martinovski (b. 1974) is a poet, short story writer, essayist, literary critic, translator, musician. He teaches General and Comparative Literature at Sts Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje. He completed his PhD at University Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle at 2007. He is member of the Executive Board of the International Association for Semiotic Studies. He is a member of the International Comparative Literature Association and Executive Board member of the European Network for Comparative Literary Studies. He is member of the board of the Struga Poetry Evenings Festival and member of the European network for poetry Versopolis. He has won a number of literary awards: Brother's Miladinovci Award; Dimitar Mitrev Award for literary criticism, The Orpheus Lyre, Ante's Golden coin. His poetry has been translated into more than 20 languages.

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