Patras World Poetry Festival 2022

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5h “Patras World Poetry Festival”

“From Hippocrates to poetry therapy”

1 – 4/09/2022 PATRAS – ANCIENT OLYMPIA

 

 

Along with many other important international participations and a rich event programme, this year, the 5th “Patras World Poetry Festival” is going to be held between the 1 and 4 of September, in different cultural locations of Patras and not only.

After two years of online realization of the Festival, Patras is again glad to receive in person 65 important poets from 13 different countries, 20 among them, being poets from abroad. This year’s programme has in store many surprises for the participants and for the audience, with visits and poetry recitations in particular places and in alternative ways.

The subject area of PWPF2022 concerns the healing properties of art and especially of poetry and it is entitled “From Hippocrates to poetry therapy”, so the complete action programme was planned with the purpose of creating a back – to - back interaction of arts, poetry and psychology.

The events are going to take place in the mornings and in the evenings in different locations of Patras every time, such as the Epikentro Theatre, the Foundation of Hellenic Diaspora, Achaia Clauss Winery  and the Villa of Kolla, while the last recitation is going to take place in Ancient Olympia through an all – day excursion of experiential character. The programme includes further guided tours, food and wine tasting and activities of cultural tourism, in order for the visitors to obtain the best possible experience from our land!

Ιmportant guests participate at the events, among them ambassadors of collaborating countries, internationally renowned academics, belletrists and representatives of entities.

Special moments of the Festival are the tribute to the poet Titos Patrikios, the Round Table with the subject “Healing through Poetry”, the visit at the “Foundation of Hellenic Diaspora” with its art exhibitions from important emigrant Greek artists and the set to music poetry event, entitled “Like a Shiver...”, which is going to take place at the Honorable Evening of the Festival.

All the events are open for the audience with FREE entrance.

 

At the same time. The Festival converses with visual arts and hosts two visual and one photographical project.

  • Art Platform | Lagrange Points

In passing of the collaboration of the contemporary art gallery “Cube Gallery” and Liana Zoza as a curator, with Patras World Poetry Festival, the art platform “Lagrange Points” was created.

The idea came up simultaneously with the proposition for the presentation of the two on going art projects “Open Studio” and “Invisible cities”, during the Festival and under the common title “L3 point”, at the same time with the desire for the continuation of the creative meetings of all forms of art.

Even if the term is a loan from the mechanics of celestial bodies, which discusses the rules of equilibrium and affinity of their relationship and coexistence, it also works with the same equilibrium at the coexistence of different art forms.

 

  • Peny Delta poet portraits

During the Festival, the photographer Peny Delta is going to create the portraits of the participant at the Festival poets and poetesses, which are going to be used at the archive of the Poetry Office and in the related publishing of the Festival.

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The World Patras Poetry Festival is organized by the “Poetry Office” of Patras and the CultureBook (Culturebook.gr), with the support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Region of Western Greece, the Regional Union of Municipalities of Western Greece, the the University of Patras, the University of Western Macedonia, the Hellenic Open University, the Poetry Festival of Larnaka, the Embassy of Hungary, the Embassy of Czech Republic and the Athens Czech Center,  the Embassy of Poland, the Greek Library of London, the World Poetry Movement, the Epikentro Theatre, the Cube Gallery and other entities. It is under the evaluation of Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Tourism.

 

Patras World Poetry Festival forms one of the greatest literature institutions in Greece, the greatest of the Region, and has already stood out amongst the most estimable Festivals all over the world. Each year it receives important names of world literature and it offers an abundant programme of events, including poetry readings, presentations, meetings and cultural galas. Its vision is to promote the Greek literary creation globally and to popularize the capital of West Greece as a European literature center. Through its actions, it communicates with Chairs of Hellenic studies all over the world and it catalogues the recent poetry production.

 

*The organising of the Festival has a non-profitable character in every aspect and the participation of the people is costless.

 

CONCERT IDENTITY

POETRY SET TO MUSIC

“Like a Shiver...”

 

Like the way a note touches the word,

And oxygen life.

Music fights against verse, in a fight for love, man, society, existence, love, hate, passion and nature.

 

Participants:

Yorgos Georgiadis, Mandolin (evikoon melos)

Sani Peta, Mandolin (evikoon melos)

Yannis Anagnostopoulos, Guitar

Thomas Pallas, Guitar

Andreas Zafiropoulos, Piano

Themis Martekas, Percussion

 

Interpretation:

Hristos Konstantopoulos

Dora Mpeleri

 

Artistic curation

Yannis Anagnostopoulos

 

 

Orchestrations

Yannis Anagnostopoulos

Yorgos Georgiadis

 

 

PROGRAMME

5th PATRAS WORLD POETRY FESTIVAL

 

THURSDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2022

20.00 // Theatre Epikentro+

Welcome Drink

1st Cycle of Poetic Readings

Presentation L3 point: on going art projects “Open Studio” & amp “Invisible Cities”

Dinner for the participants

 

FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2022

11.00 // Theatre Epikentro

2nd Cycle of Poetic Readings

Round Table on the subject “The Healing Properties of Poetry”

Free Programme – Knowing the City

 

19.00 // Winery Achaia Clauss

Guided tour at the Winecastle

3rd Cycle of Poetic Readings

Dinner for the participants

 

SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2022

11.00 // Foundation Greek Diaspora, Kastritsi

Guided Tour at the Exhibition of Greek artists of Diaspora

4th Cycle of Poetic Readings

Lunch for the participants

 

20.00 // Villa Kolla

Formal Ceremony

Greetings – speeches

5th Cycle of Poetic Readings

Honorable Evening for Titos Patrikios

Concert with Poetry set to Music “Like a Shiver...”

Official Reception at Achaia Clauss

 

SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2022

09.00-20.00 // Ancient Olympia

Excursion to Ancient Olympia

Guided Tour at the archaeological site

Visit of the Digital Museum 1821 – Krestena

15.00 // Lunch for the Participants

17.30 // 6th Cycle of Poetic Readings

 

The programme also includes:

 

- Tribute “meet the poets” from Culturebook.gr: presentation of the participants and diffusion in social networks

- Anthology of the Festival. Offspring of the organization and a literature consignment constitutes the collective trilingual Edition (and e- book) with the poems of the participants, in each one’s language, in Greek and in English.

- Art Platform | Lagrange Points / simultaneously with the presentation of the participants at the Culturebook.gr the art platform Lagrange Points is created

- Peny Delta poet portaits / During the Festival, the photographer Peny Delta is going to create the portraits of the participant poets and poetesses, which are also going to be used at the relevant publication of the Festival

 

 

PARTICIPANTS

 

ALBANIA     Alma Braja

BULGARY    Roman Kissiov, Nadya Radulova

ITALY            Matthias Tarantino

CZECH REPUBLIC Josef Hrdlička, Jan Škrob, Tim Postovit

CROATIAN   Marija Dejanović

CYPRUS        Eleni Artemiou-Fotiadou

HUNGARY    Weiner Sennyei Tibor, Izsó Zita, Bek Timur

NORTH MACEDONIA  Michailo Svidersky, Andrej Al Asadi, Gjoko Zdraveski

POLAND        Anna Adamowicz, Antonina Tosiek

SERBIA          Ana Marija Grbić

SLOVENIA    Petra Kolmancic

USA                Don Schofield

 

GREECE

Kyriaki-Koula Adaloglou, Giannis Alexandropoulos, Popi Aroniada, Anna Afentoulidou, Spyros L. Vrettos, Thanos Gogos, Yiannis Doukas, Lena Kallergi,, Dimitris Kalokiris , Kostas Kanavouris, Menelaos Karalis, Christos Katroutsos, Nikos Katsalidas, Giorgos Kozias,, Alexandros Kordas, Elsa Korneti, Dimitris Kosmopoulos, Giorgos Koutouvelas, Chloe Koutsoumpeli, Kostas A. Kremmydas, Triantafyllos H. Kotopoulos, Vasilis Ladas, Konstantinos Ch. Loukopoulos, Alexandra Bakonika, Theocharis Bikiropoulos, Konstantinos Bouras, Vasilis Pandis, Theofanis Papageorgiou, Sotirios Pastakas, Titos Patrikios, Aggeliki Pechlivani, Eleni Sigalou, Angeliki Sidira Papakosta, Antonis D. Skiathas, Yannis Stefanakis, Manos Stefanidis, Vangelis Tasiopoulos, John Tolias, Lina Fitili, Thanassis Hatzopoulos

 

 

 

Statement of Antonis Skiathas (President of the Poetry Office)

The Patras World Poetry Festival has created an international institution of literature that honors Greek letters, promotes Greek poetry and brings in contact Greek poets and poetesses with related poets and poetesses from all over the world.

Along its way, poets and poetesses from fifty countries have conversed at the Patras World Poetry Festival.

It is extremely important for all of us at the Poetry Office that the Festival is a matter of the whole town, as panhellenic, regional, local, institutions, businesses, citizens stand for the organising by every means.

The Ministry of Culture, the Region of Western Greece and the University of Patras are some of the institutions that support it.

The publishing that is been organized and the events at emblematic locations of the wider area like Achaia Clauss, the museum Diaspora, form the Festival’s identity.

At the same time, the synergism with cultural institutions and the connection of Poetry with other arts like music, visual arts, photography create all things that make the Festival unique.

 

Alexandra Bakonika, Greece

Alexandra Bakonika, Greece

Alexandra Bakonika, Greece

The Poems


Bacchanal Revelry

The excursion coach made a stop in the idyllic town.
The CD player continued playing music full blast
as the passengers were getting off.
Earlier on, en route, a lively merriment broke out
with songs, in fact the cheeriest of passengers
started dancing along the coach's narrow aisle.
That I may enjoy the music, I delayed alighting,
as did a young girl.
As if in ecstasy, in a Bacchanal revelry,
delirious,
she kept going from one empty seat to another,
singing impassioned
and dancing in between her shifting.
Her paroxysm testified to lack of sexual pleasure,
and each empty seat she sat on
was alike an embrace she desperately yearned for.


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ΒΑΚΧΙΚΟ ΠΑΡΑΛΗΡΗΜΑ


Το εκδρομικό πούλμαν έκανε στάση στην ειδυλλιακή κωμόπολη.
Το κασετόφωνο συνέχιζε να παίζει μουσική στη διαπασών
καθώς κατέβαιναν οι επιβάτες.
Προηγουμένως στη διαδρομή είχε φουντώσει μεγάλο κέφι
με τραγούδια, μάλιστα οι πιο ζωηροί
έριξαν χορό στο στενό διάδρομο του πούλμαν.
Για να απολαύσω τη μουσική, καθυστέρησα να κατεβώ,
το ίδιο και μια νεαρή κοπέλα.
Σαν σε έκσταση, σε βακχικό παραλήρημα,
σε μια εκτός εαυτού κατάσταση
άλλαζε και καθόταν από τη μια θέση στην άλλη,
τραγουδώντας παθιασμένα με τη μουσική της κασέτας
και χορεύοντας στις ενδιάμεσες μετακινήσεις της.
Μαρτυρούσε ερωτική στέρηση ο παροξυσμός της,
και κάθε άδεια θέση που καθόταν
έμοιαζε με αγκαλιά που απεγνωσμένα αποζητούσε.


* * * 


THE HIDING PLACE

Inside your room where we made love,
a deep brown color prevailed,
from the carpet, the furniture, the bedspreads.
It was relatively dark,
since you had already lowered the blinds
that late May afternoon when I walked in,
and the curtains on the windows
let no light through.
Your room resembled a dark cave,
the hiding place of the damned,
in league with the bed's sweet bliss.
Later, down on the street,
I strolled for quite some time,
the strong diffuse light of May,
the feast of colors all around,
and the atmosphere ablaze,
which so much fit my mood.


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ΤΟ ΚΡΗΣΦΥΓΕΤΟ

Στο δωμάτιό σου που κάναμε έρωτα
κυριαρχούσε ένα σκούρο, καφέ χρώμα,
από τη μοκέτα, τα έπιπλα, τα σκεπάσματα.
Σχετικά σκοτεινά ήταν,
γιατί όταν μπήκα –απομεσήμερο, τέλη Μαΐου-
είχες ήδη κατεβάσει τα ρολά,
και οι κουρτίνες μπροστά στα παράθυρα
δεν άφηναν κανένα φως.
Σαν σκοτεινή σπηλιά και κρησφύγετο κολασμένων
έμοιαζε το δωμάτιό σου,
σε συνδυασμό με την ηδονή στο κρεβάτι.
Μετά, όταν κατέβηκα στο δρόμο
και περπάτησα αρκετή ώρα,
το δυνατό και διάχυτο φως του Μαΐου,
η πανδαισία των χρωμάτων παντού,
και η ζεστή ατμόσφαιρα
που τόσο ταίριαζε με τη διάθεσή μου.


The Poet

Alexandra Bakonika was born in Thessaloniki, where she resides. She studied Medicine at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, but did not complete her studies. She has worked as an English teacher. She has published 10 selections of poetry. Poems and reviews of hers have been published in well-known literary periodicals. Her work was presented at the Poetry Symposium of Patras in 1994, at the Symposium for Modern Greek Literature in London in 1996, at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2012, at the European Poetry Festival 2015 in Zagreb, at the International Poetry Festival Schamrock, in 2016, in Munich. Apart from her poems, which translated in English were published in India and Canada, selected poems have also been translated in German, Swedish, Albanian, Croatian.

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Η Αλεξάνδρα Μπακονίκα γεννήθηκε στη Θεσσαλονίκη, όπου και ζει. Φοίτησε στην Ιατρική σχολή του Αριστοτέλειου Πανεπιστήμιου Θεσσαλονίκης, όμως δεν ολοκλήρωσε τις σπουδές της. Εργάστηκε ως καθηγήτρια Αγγλικών. Έχει εκδώσει 10 ποιητικές συλλογές. Ποιήματά και κριτικά της σημειώματα δημοσιεύθηκαν σε πολλά έγκριτα λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά, έντυπα και ηλεκτρονικά. Το έργο της παρουσιάστηκε στο Ίδρυμα Ελληνικού Πολιτισμού στο Λονδίνο το 1996, στο Συμπόσιο Ποίησης της Πάτρας το 1994, στο τμήμα Νεοελληνικών σπουδών της Φιλοσοφικής του Α.Π.Θ το 2012, στο Πανευρωπαϊκό Φεστιβάλ Ποίησης στο Ζάγκρεμπ της Κροατίας το 2015,και στο Διεθνές Φεστιβάλ Ποίησης Schamrock στο Μόναχο το 2016. Βιβλία της εκδόθηκαν στην Ινδία και στον Καναδά με
ανθολογημένα ποιήματά της μεταφρασμένα στα Αγγλικά. Ποιήματά της επίσης μεταφράστηκαν σε Γερμανικά, Σουηδικά, Αλβανικά, Κροατικά.

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Roman Kissiov, Bulgaria
 

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