Patras World Poetry Festival 2022

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4th “Patras World Poetry Festival 2021

13th - 19th of December

LIVE & ON LINE EVENTS

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 www.culturebook.gr 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 culturebook.gr 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.
  • Art Exhibition: “CONFINEMENT-FREEDOM-HUMAN REVOLUTIONS”
  • 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 (culturebook.gr), 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 www.culturebook.gr.

Sincerely,

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

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EVENT MANAGER

Maria Alaniadi

Communication:

poetryfestival@culturebook.gr

grafeion.poihseos@culturebook.gr

Archival content available on www.culturebook.gr 

Giannis Alexandropoulos, Greece

Giannis Alexandropoulos, Greece

Giannis Alexandropoulos, Greece

The Poems

Your long fine fingers rest on your thigh
And your gaze roams around the room
Lost is the pebble you brought from the island sands
The ash of the autumn sorrow fills the memory vase

A branch of myrtle adorns your offering
and your smile fills the time
Pulsing arrhythmia in the tunnel of love
Oh sweet heaven, how many promises will you make good

at the fading of the day?


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Τα μακριά λεπτά σου δάκτυλα, ακουμπούν τον μηρό σου
Και το βλέμμα σου, πλανάται στο χώρο του δωματίου
Χαμένο το πετραδάκι που έφερες από την αμμουδιά του νησιού
Η στάχτη της φθινοπωρινής θλίψης γεμίζει το βάζο με τις αναμνήσεις.

Ένα κλαδί μυρτιάς στολίζει την προσφορά σου
και το χαμόγελο σου γεμίζει το χρόνο
Παλμικές αρρυθμίες στη σήραγγα της αγάπης
Ω! γλυκέ ουρανέ πόσες υποσχέσεις άραγε θα πραγματοποιήσεις
στο σβήσιμο της ημέρας;


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There is no time
for further questions
Existence
feeds on light
ebbs away in the darkness

The windmill wheels away
in the breath of the wind
the soul glistens
in your caress

Our oscillation
has followed for tens of years
the present
As the water covers
all the pores of time-space

And a green apple suffices for happiness


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Δεν υπάρχει καιρός
για άλλες ερωτήσεις
Η ύπαρξη
τρέφεται με το φως
αργοσβήνει στο σκοτάδι

Ο μύλος στριφογυρίζει
με την πνοή του ανέμου
η ψυχή λαμπυρίζει
με το χάδι σου

Η ταλάντωσή μας
ακολουθεί δεκάδες χρόνια
το παρόν
Σαν το νερό καλύπτει
όλους τους πόρους του χωροχρόνου

Και ένα πράσινο μήλο αρκεί για την ευτυχία

The Poet

Giannis Alexandropoulos was born in Patras in 1972. He studied Economics at the University of Patras. He worked as an accountant in the private sector in Athens and since 2000 lives permanently in Patras and works as a freelancer. He's married and has two children. He is involved in literature and poetry and has published four poetry collections in "Mandragoras Publications". His poems have been included in literary journals and anthologies as well as having been presented at festivals and conferences. He has been a founding member of various literary groups and is now an active member of the "Jean Moreas" reading club.

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Ο Γιάννης Αλεξανδρόπουλος γεννήθηκε στην Πάτρα το 1972. Σπούδασε Οικονομικές Επιστήμες στο Πανεπιστήμιο Πατρών. Εργάσθηκε ως λογιστής στον ιδιωτικό τομέα στην Αθήνα και από το 2000 ζει μόνιμα στην Πάτρα και εργάζεται ως ελεύθερος επαγγελματίας. Είναι παντρεμένος και έχει δυο παιδιά. Ασχολείται με τη λογοτεχνία και την ποίηση και έχει δημοσιεύσει τέσσερις ποιητικές συλλογές στις εκδόσεις Μανδραγόρας. Ποιήματά του έχουν συμπεριλήφθη σε λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά και ανθολογίες καθώς επίσης έχουν παρουσιασθεί σε φεστιβάλ και συνέδρια. Έχει υπάρξει ιδρυτικό μέλος σε διάφορες λογοτεχνικές ομάδες και σήμερα είναι ενεργό μέλος της λέσχης ανάγνωσης «Ζαν Μωρεάς»

Χλόη Κουτσουμπέλη - Το Παιχνίδι
Roman Kissiov, Bulgaria
 

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