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.

 

Eleni Artemiou-Fotiadou, Cyprus

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Eleni Artemiou-Fotiadou, Cyprus

The Poems

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE OF THE AUTHOR

His mother expected him to bear her a girl with curly hair
She saw the bald boy and cried
It looked like a father who once kissed her on the mouth
and cherry trees blossomed in the bosom of the snow
She saw the bald boy and climbed up a bare mountain
never to see it again

He
grew up writing zeros in his heart
same as bullets
In the garden he was gathering the jasmines on lime sticks
They chirped and died before his eyes
The others collected them like embalmed birds
His bed was made of paper arrows
When he slept with dreams and stirred
the arrows were flying off into the sky through the closed window

You would then see a plane flying past with a trail of advertisements
letters were flashing that became words in the cloud
A slogan for new products
But you had to see it with a stretched life
Detection also needs the correct anatomy of sentiment to see it
Do not wonder that others are talking about him
Reading so many biographies
mainly transforming them into stage presence
he is sad now
through the wail of others
He spills his black ink bitterly


(LIGHTS IN FULL BLAST, 2022)
(Τranslation: Andry Christofidou Antoniadou)


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ΒΙΟΓΡΑΦΙΚΟ ΣΗΜΕΙΩΜΑ ΤΟΥ ΣΥΓΓΡΑΦΕΑ

Η μάνα του περίμενε ότι θα γεννήσει κορίτσι με μπούκλες
Είδε το φαλακρό αγόρι και έκλαψε
Ήταν ίδιος ένας πατέρας που κάποτε τη φιλούσε στο στόμα
και άνθιζαν κερασιές στην αγκαλιά του χιονιού
Είδε το φαλακρό αγόρι και ανέβηκε σ' ένα γυμνό βουνό
να μην το ξαναδεί

Αυτός
μεγάλωσε γράφοντας μέσα του μηδενικά
ίδια με σφαίρες
Στον κήπο μάζευε τα γιασεμιά πάνω σε ξόβεργες
Εκείνα κελαηδούσαν και πέθαιναν στα μάτια του
Οι άλλοι τα συνέλεγαν σαν βαλσαμωμένα πουλιά
Το στρώμα του φτιαγμένο από χάρτινες σαΐτες
΄Οταν κοιμόταν με όνειρα και αναδευόταν
οι σαϊτιές φεύγανε στον ουρανό απ' το κλειστό παράθυρο
Έβλεπες τότε να περνά ένα αεροπλάνο με ουρά διαφημίσεων
γράμματα αναβόσβηναν που γίνονταν λέξεις μες στο σύννεφο
Σύνθημα για νέα προϊόντα
Μόνο που κοίταζες με τεντωμένη τη ζωή για να το δεις
Χρειάζεται και η ανίχνευση τη σωστή ανατομία συναισθήματος
Μην απορείτε που μιλάνε άλλοι γι' αυτόν
Διαβάζοντας τόσες βιογραφίες
κυρίως μεταποιώντας τες σε σκηνική παρουσία
θλίβεται πια
μέσα από τον λυγμό των άλλων
Χύνει πικρό το μαύρο του μελάνι

(ΦΩΤΑ ΣΤΗ ΔΙΑΠΑΣΩΝ, 2022)



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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE OF THE MAIN CHARACTER

Crops are harvested all year round on his land
No shortage of bread whatsoever
Souls are cut from the trees with knives
and are hung like frames in the living room
or like notes in the hands of the computer
It is like visiting a museum
with remembrances from the lands of the lost
or maps of the unspoken that will charter the word
A jar of Danaids in love in his inner self
are seeking insatiably the kisses of lightning
the caresses of life made of silk
Fabrics that clothe a burning body
as Pluto wears it on his shoulders
He has the first say
That is why he passes the words through blazing rings
and this tamer whips them with his tongue
He throws them onto the frozen faces that are staring at him
and awaits for the surprise to rush into their gaze
to injure him like a bow
so that many lives will cry out to him:

"Come where no one else has come
Live where we once might have reached
if we knew how to pretend
that we are unwritten days
and inside us as a penholder dives
is dripping of juice
from the bite of love"

(LIGHTS IN FULL BLAST, 2022)
(Τranslation: Andry Christofidou Antoniadou)


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BIΟΓΡΑΦΙΚΟ ΣΗΜΕΙΩΜΑ ΤΟΥ ΠΡΩΤΑΓΩΝΙΣΤΗ

Στη γη του μαζεύουν ολόχρονα σοδειές
Δεν λείπει το ψωμί
Με τα μαχαίρια λύνουν τις ψυχές από τα δέντρα
και τις κρεμάνε κάδρα στο σαλόνι
ή σημειώματα στα χέρια του υπολογιστή
Ένα μουσείο η επίσκεψη
και σουβενίρ από τις χώρες των απολεσθέντων
ή χάρτες των ανείπωτων που θα ναυλώσουνε τη λέξη
Μέσα του ένα πιθάρι από Δαναΐδες ερωτευμένες
αχόρταγα ζητάνε τα φιλιά των κεραυνών
τα χάδια ζωής από μετάξι
Υφάσματα που ντύνουν ένα κορμί που φλέγεται
καθώς το παίρνει ο Πλούτωνας στους ώμους
Αυτός έχει τον πρώτο λόγο
Γι' αυτό περνάει τις λέξεις από πύρινα στεφάνια
κι αυτός θηριοδαμαστής τις μαστιγώνει με τη γλώσσα
Τις αμολά μέσα στα πρόσωπα που τον κοιτάζουν παγωμένα
και καρτερά την έκπληξη να μπει ορμητική στο βλέμμα τους
Σαν τόξο μετά να τον λαβώσει
και έτσι πολλές ζωές να του φωνάζουν:

«Έλα εκεί που άλλος δεν ήρθε
Ζήσε εκεί που εμείς κάποτε ίσως φτάναμε
αν ξέραμε να υποκριθούμε
πως είμαστε άγραφες μέρες
και μέσα μας καθώς βουτάει κονδυλοφόρος
στάζει χυμό
από το δάγκωμα του έρωτα»

(ΦΩΤΑ ΣΤΗ ΔΙΑΠΑΣΩΝ, 2022)


The Poet

She was born in Famagusta . She is an Inspector in Primary Education. She has an Ma in educational Management and she was also awarded a Master of Arts in Literature. She is a PHD candidate in Political Philosophy. She is a writer of Literature. She also writes scripts for the radio and television. She has published 22 books: 12 poetry collections, a collection of short stories and 9 books for children. She has received a lot of prizes for her poems and short stories in various Literature competitions. She has contributed poetry and stories in anthologies and many of her poems are in various literary sites.

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Η Ελένη Αρτεμίου- Φωτιάδου γεννήθηκε στην Αμμόχωστο και ζει στη Λάρνακα. Είναι Επιθεωρήτρια Δημοτικής Εκπαίδευσης, κάτοχος ΜΑ στην Εκπαιδευτική Διοίκηση και Πολιτικήκαι υποψήφια διδάκτωρ Πολιτικής Φιλοσοφίας. Της έχει απονεμηθεί, επίσης, μεταπτυχιακός τίτλος στις Τέχνες και τη Λογοτεχνία. Ασχολείται με τη λογοτεχνία καθώς και με το ραδιοφωνικό και τηλεοπτικό σενάριο. ΄Εχει εκδώσει22 βιβλία: δώδεκαποιητικές συλλογές, μία συλλογή διηγημάτων και εννέα βιβλία για παιδιά. Το λογοτεχνικό της έργο έχει τύχει πολλών διακρίσεων και έχει βραβευτεί σε πανελλήνιους και διεθνείς διαγωνισμούς. Ποιήματα και διηγήματά της έχουν συμπεριληφθεί σε ανθολογίες, ενώ αρκετά ποιήματά της έχουν δημοσιευτεί σε λογοτεχνικούς ιστότοπους.
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