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.

 

Dimitiris Kalokyris, Greece

Dimitiris Kalokyris, Greece

Dimitiris Kalokyris, Greece

The Poems


THE NIGHT'S TOMORROW

1

Because you may have thought
that our world is made out of
                 infinite books
having then understood that books are words,
                 words are music, their sounds colors,
                 their hues reflections
and that we live in an illuminated place where everything
is Something Else and all of us
are for each other a peculiar
                 empty box
given to us in a dream, and we wake up
not exactly knowing what the use is
of this colorful gift
but we understand at once
that it is the entire world
                 – I am writing to you, simply, about a paper kiss.


2

Every time you travel to some different age
it is as if you see for the first time the layout
                of the labyrinth
marking with ink and carbon
the thread and level of the ground of life.

This is the technique man uses to fool death.
Art is a way
to change inside you the paths of things.

Troy was not captured with chariots and devices
but with a wooden box in the shape of a horse
                 – of Greek manufacture in fact.


3

I look at you blossoming every spring
and with your glance catching up
                the grass as it turns green,
waters illuminating the sea
                opening up in front of you,
touching with your finger the words
because, as with matches, touching lights up
                  the brave sentiments.
So, the world's mechanism
is rather simple:

To see darkness you only need to shut your eyes.

But the night's tomorrow, Ariadne, is the light.

(Translated from Greek by Yiorgos Chouliaras)


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ΤΟ ΑΥΡΙΟ ΤΗΣ ΝΥΧΤΑΣ

1

Επειδή μπορεί και να νόμιζες
ότι ο κόσμος μας είναι φτιαγμένος
          από άπειρα βιβλία
και να κατάλαβες ύστερα πως τα βιβλία είναι λόγια,
          τα λόγια μουσικές, οι ήχοι τους χρώματα,
         οι αποχρώσεις τους λάμψεις
και ότι ζούμε σ' έναν τόπο κατάφωτο που όλα
είναι Κάτι Άλλο κι όλοι εμείς
είμαστε ο ένας για τον άλλον ένα παράδοξο
         άδειο κουτὶ
που μας χαρίζουν μέσα σε όνειρο, και ξυπνάμε
χωρίς να ξέρουμε ακριβώς σε τι χρησιμεύει
αυτό το πολύχρωμο δώρο
αλλά καταλαβαίνουμε μεμιάς
πως είναι ολόκληρος ο κόσμος
— σου γράφω, απλά, για ένα χάρτινο φιλί.

2

Κάθε φορά που ταξιδεύεις σε μια άλλη ηλικία
είναι σαν να πρωτοβλέπεις τις κατόψεις
        του λαβύρινθου
με το μελάνι και το κάρβουνο σημαδεύοντας
το νήμα και τη στάθμη στα εδάφη της ζωής.

Μ' αυτή την τεχνική ξεγελάει ο άνθρωπος το θάνατο.
Η τέχνη είναι ένας τρόπος
ν' αλλάζουν μέσα σου οι πορείες των πραγμάτων.

Tο Ίλιον δεν αλώθηκε με άρματα ή μηχανισμούς
αλλά με ένα ξύλινο κουτί σε σχήμα αλόγου
       — και μάλιστα ελληνικής κατασκευής.



3

Σε κοιτάζω ν' ανθίζεις κάθε άνοιξη
και με το βλέμμα σου να προλαβαίνεις
           το χορτάρι καθώς πρασινίζει,
τα νερά να φωτίζουν τη θάλασσα
          που ανοίγεται μπροστά σου
ν' αγγίζεις τις λέξεις με το δάχτυλο
γιατί μες από την αφή ανάβουν, σαν τα σπίρτα,
         τα γενναία αισθήματα.

Λοιπόν, του κόσμου ο μηχανισμός
          είναι μάλλον απλός:

Για να δεις το σκοτάδι αρκεί να κλείσεις τα μάτια.

Αλλά το αύριο της νύχτας, Αριάδνη, είναι το φως.


(Από τη συλλογή «Ισαύρων», Άγρα, 2015)


The Poet

He was born in 1948 in Rethymno (Crete). He studied Modern Greek Philology at the University of Thessaloniki. He has published more than 50 books on poetry, prose, essays, translations, photography, many which have been translated in other languages. He has been honored two times with the National Short Story Award (1996 and 2002) and the Academy of Athens award in recognition of his work (2014). He has translated works of Prevert, Garcίa Lorca (for the National Theatre) and he especially engaged in the work of Borges, translating seven of his books. He has realized collage exhibitions and illustrated many children's books and he has worked for newspapers and various Greek and foreign magazines on Literature, Photography and Art. As a Graphic Designer, he has designed over 3.500 book covers, many magazines, artistic publications and voluminous albums.

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Γεννήθηκε το 1948 στο Pέθυμνο. Σπούδασε Nεοελληνική Φιλολογία στο A.Π.Θ. Ίδρυσε τα περιοδικά «Τραμ» και «Χάρτης» και διηύθυνε το περιοδικό «Το Τέταρτο». Έχει εκδώσει πάνω από 50 βιβλία (ποίηση, πεζογραφία, δοκίμιο, μεταφράσεις, φωτογραφία). Kείμενα και έργα του έχουν μεταφραστεί σε πολλές ξένες γλώσσες και έχει τιμηθεί δύο φορές με το Kρατικό Βραβείο Διηγήματος (1996 και 2002) και με το Βραβείο Ουράνη της Ακαδημίας Αθηνών για το σύνολο του έργου του (2014). Mετέφρασε Λουκιανό, Πρεβέρ, Γκαρθία Λόρκα (για το Εθνικό Θέατρο), μεταγλώττισε Pοΐδη, Bιζυηνό, Παπαδιαμάντη κ.ά. Iδιαίτερα ασχολήθηκε με το έργο του Mπόρχες, του οποίου μετέφρασε επτά βιβλία.΄Eχει κάνει εκθέσεις κολάζ και εικονογράφησε πολλά βιβλία για παιδιά. Ως Γραφικός Σχεδιαστής ειδικεύτηκε στην επιμέλεια εκδόσεων και έχει σχεδιάσει πάνω από 3.500 εξώφυλλα βιβλίων και πολλές καλλιτεχνικές εκδόσεις.

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