Patras World Poetry Festival 2022

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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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Andrej Al-Asadi, North Macedonia


Andrej Al-Asadi, North Macedonia

The Poems

Black mirrors above Dikanka

Hope shot
In a thicket of times.

A golden rug spread
Over never-ending fields

Ukraine! U-u-u!
Youuu! Cain's crow!
You're not a turd
To be stuck on the bear's boot
Making it snort more sweetly.

You're neither a game nor a toy!
So, let the vampire bite off his thumb
Behind the watery curtains.

Who are those, Cain's kraino,
Yatsyenuk, Tyahnybok and Parubiy
Who swim in anger and lard
like three headless ducks
in a rusty oily bathtub!?

The scabs under the armpits of Albion,
The Cain,
Have plunged into your heavenly eyes
And the black federal waters
Leak from the sewage of your youth.

Oh! Cain's crow!

The demons have gathered
around and above your dismembered youth.

New messengers, new pupils
Cast a shadow upon you
In rectangular march

You-kraine-oh! You-Cain's-crow!
Demons under the rug
Demons inside the head!

Ukraine! You're a pearl
Midst the mud of Europe,
Old age, lethargy and tiredness
Inside the bear's claws.

Ukraine! You've always been on the end
Where all ends begin!

(from "Everyone's (a) mirror", 2022)


Црните огледала над Дикањка

Надеж истрелана
во џбуње од времиња.

Златен килим распослан
во недоглед од полиња.

Украино! Ууу! У! Каина краино!

Ти не си лепешка
што ќе се залепи за чизмата
на мечката за послатко
да загровта!

Ниту си дрндупка, ниту играчка!
Па, нека зад водените завеси
вампирот прстот си го одгризе!

Кои се тие, Каинова краино,
Јатсјенук, Тјахнибок и Парубиј
што во гнев и свинска маст пливаат
ко три безглави патки
во саѓосана када масло!?

Крастите од под пазувите на Албион,
Каинот, зарибале во твоите небесни очи.
И црните федерални води,
истекуваат од жлебовите
на твојата младост!

О, Каинова краино!
Демоните на девран се фатиле
околу твојата раскостена челад!

Нови гласници, нови питомци!
Во правоаголен марш
те прекриваат со сенка!

У – краино! У – Каин – о!
Враг под килимот,
враг во главата!

Украино! Ти си бисер
среде калта на Европа.
Старост, млитавост, умор
во шепите на мечката.

Украино! Ти беше секогаш на крајот,
од каде што почнуваа сите краишта!

(од „Секој секому огледало", 2022)

* * * 

The black poem

Always black
On black
In black
It unfolds
Like a tear in the dark
Or the backdrop a star
Black is the courtyard
Of her dreams
And black the pillars
Of her soul
Like a black subterranean river
Black leaves
A black butterfly
That flutters
Like a black thing on a black palm
Resting under the shadow of the word
Flashing her white smile for an instant
Only to leave black ink
Out of the the thought.

(From "Under the dervish's hat", 2018)



Πάντα μαύρο
Σε μαύρο
Μέσα σε μαύρο
Σαν δάκρυ στο σκοτάδι
Ή στην αθέατη πλευρά των αστεριών
Το μαύρο είναι η αυλή
Των ονείρων της
Πάσσαλοι μαύροι
Στην ψυχή της
Σαν μαύρος χείμαρρος
Μαύρο φύλλωμα
Μαύρη πεταλούδα
Μαύρη σε παλάμη μαύρη
Πεθαίνει στον ίσκιο της λέξης
Για μια στιγμή δείχνει το λευκό της χαμόγελο
Κι απ' τη σκέψη της μένει μονάχα μελάνι μαύρο.


Црна Песна

Секогаш црна
На црно
Во црно
Се распетлува
Ко солза во мракот
Ил' ѕвездена опачина
Црно е предворјето
На нејзините сништа
И црни столбовите
На нејзината душа
Ко црна понорница
Црно лисје
Црна пеперуга
Што се прпелка
Црна таа в црна дланка
Си починува во сенката од зборот
За миг ја покажува белата насмевка
И од мислата црно мастило остава.

(Од „Под дервишовото сиќе", 2018)

The Poet

Andrej Al-Asadi: I have written four books of poetry and two books of short stories. With two poetry books, "Under the dervish's hat" (2018) and "Heavenly geometry" (2020) I was in the top five contenders for the prestigious "Brother Miladinov" Award at the Struga Poetry Evenings. However, the greatest inspirations for a poet aren't awards but people. They're the main reason why this festival could boost my writing potential; get me acquainted with the international writing scene and the prevalent writing trends in Europe. The festival is a great way to promote one's poetry, the dominant poetics and sensibility of the country he lives in and hopefully, inspire discussions and intercultural interaction. Greece is all about culture and that's why I think that the festival in Patras will be a poetic utopia where the mind will bubble with fresh verses and deepened sensibility of one's place in the world.

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Roman Kissiov, Bulgaria


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