Patras World Poetry Festival 2022

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5h “Patras World Poetry Festival”

“From Hippocrates to poetry therapy”




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.


The World Patras Poetry Festival is organized by the “Poetry Office” of Patras and the CultureBook (, 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.




“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.



Yorgos Georgiadis, Mandolin (evikoon melos)

Sani Peta, Mandolin (evikoon melos)

Yannis Anagnostopoulos, Guitar

Thomas Pallas, Guitar

Andreas Zafiropoulos, Piano

Themis Martekas, Percussion



Hristos Konstantopoulos

Dora Mpeleri


Artistic curation

Yannis Anagnostopoulos




Yannis Anagnostopoulos

Yorgos Georgiadis







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



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



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



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 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 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





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



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.


Mihailo Sviderski, North Macedonia


Mihailo Sviderski, North Macedonia

The Poems


Around Syria I will place two sticks,
I'll wrap them tightly with a scarf
I'll bandage it like a wounded leg
to stop her bleeding
I'll collect all the ashes from the ruins
and throw them into the sea and let the sea suffocate
let the water be covered from Latakia to Tartus
let it die like the Dead sea died
when there was no one left to think of its water
I will get her up from the bed
I will teach her to walk again
to limp in the ways of the world
that crushed her praying for her,
and so on until she heals
I will bandage her again every day
from Damascus to Aleppo both in dreams and in live,
without any meetings, conferences
and resolutions in vain
I will lift her up in my arms
I will straighten her up
I will stop her bleeding
but I don't know how to stop her tears
which will continue to flow for a long, long time.




Γύρω απ'τη Συρία θα βάλω δυο ξυλάκια,
θα τα στερεώσω σφιχτά με ένα φουλάρι
σαν πληγωμένο πόδι θα τη δέσω
να σταματήσει η αιμορραγία της
θα μαζέψω όλη τη στάχτη από τα ερείπια
θα τη πετάξω στη θάλασσα και θα αφήσω τη θάλασσα να πνιγεί
ας θαφτεί το νερό από τη Λατάκια ως την Ταρτούς
ας πεθάνει όπως η νεκρή θάλασσα πέθανε
όταν δεν υπήρχε πια κανείς να σκεφτεί το νερό της
θα την ισιώσω από το κρεβάτι
θα της μάθω ξανά να περπατάει,
να κουτσαίνει στους δρόμους του κόσμου
που τη συνέτριψε προσευχόμενος γι' αυτήν,
κι έτσι ώσπου ν' αναρρώσει
κάθε μέρα θα τη φροντίζω εξαρχής
από τη Δαμασκό ως το Χαλέπι και στον ύπνο και στον ξύπνιο,
χωρίς περίσσιες συνεδρίες, συσκέψεις
και ψηφίσματα άδεια
θα τη σηκώσω στα χέρια
θα την ισιώσω
θα της σταματήσω την αιμορραγία
αλλά δεν ξέρω πως να της σταματήσω τα δάκρυα
που μακράν, μακράν θα ρέουν.




Околу Сирија ќе ставам две стапчиња,
ќе ги стегнам цврсто со марама
како ранета нога ќе ја преврзам
да ѝ запре крварењето
ќе ја соберам сета пепел од урнатините
ќе ја фрлам в море и нека се задуши морето
нека се затрупа водата од Латакија до Тартус
нека умре како мртвото море што умре
кога веќе немаше кој да мисли на неговата вода
ќе ја исправам од креветот
ќе ја научам повторно да оди
да куца по патиштата на светот
што ја здроби молејќи се за неа,
и сè така додека не заздрави
секој ден ќе ја преврзувам одново
од Дамаск до Алепо и во сонот и на јаве,
без никакви заседанија, конференции
и резолуции напразно
ќе ја кренам на раце
ќе ја исправам
ќе ѝ го запрам крварењето
ама не знам како да ѝ ги запрам солзите
што уште долго, долго ќе течат.


* * *


Yin and Yang, created by the same movement
they keep him invisible all the time
the balance of the world

The tribal gods help
the hungry in Africa
every day they postpone death until tomorrow
with extensive media coverage

Buddha awake sleeps and thinks how to
we escape the cycle of suffering
and we suffer every day, without ceasing
and there is no way to escape fear.

Vishnu sustains the world
Shiva destroys it by playing
we die rejoicing.

salla allahu alayhi wa sallam
from Algeria to Iran
the world burned out because of oil

Adonai, Elohinu, it's the Sabbath.
Cain kills his brother Abel every day
from Bethlehem to Jerusalem.

Erase the mark
of the Antichrist
from us



Γιν και Γιανγκ, δημιουργημένα με την ίδια κίνηση
κρατώντας συνεχώς αόρατα
την ισορροπία του κόσμου

Οι θεοί της φυλής βοηθούν
οι νηστικοί στην Αφρική
κάθε μέρα μεταθέτουν τον θάνατο για αύριο
με μεγάλη κάλυψη από τα μέσα ενημέρωσης

Ο Βούδας ξυπνητός κοιμάται και σκέφτεται πως να
ξεφύγουμε από τον κύκλο των παθών,
κι εμείς υποφέρουμε κάθε μέρα, χωρίς παύση
και δεν του ξεφεύγουμε του φόβου.

Ο Βισνού βαστάει τον κόσμο
ο Σίβα τον γκρεμίζει παίζοντας
εμείς πεθαίνουμε χαροποιούμενοι.

Σαλαλάχου αλάιχι ουά σαλάμ
από την Αλγερία ως το Ιράν
απ' το πετρέλαιο κάηκε ο κόσμος

Αντονάι, Ελοχίνου, Σάμπατ είναι.
Ο Κάιν σκοτώνει καθημερνά τον αδερφό του
Τον Άβελ, από τη Βηθλεέμ ως την Ιερουσαλήμ.

Τρίψε το σημάδι από μας
του Αντίχριστου



Јин и Јанг, создадени со исто движење
постојано невидливо го држат
балансот на светот

Племенските богови помагаат
гладните во Африка
секој ден ја одлагаат смртта за утре
со голема медиумска покриеност

Буда разбуден спие и размислува како да
избегаме од кругот на страдањата
а ние страдаме секој ден, без престан
и никако да му побегнеме на стравот.

Вишну го одржува светот
Шива го разурнува играјќи
ние умираме радувајќи се.

Села Алаху алејхи ве селам
од Алжир до Иран
поради нафтата изгоре светот

Адонај, Елохину, Сабат е.
Каин секој ден го убива брата си
Авела, од Витлеем до Ерусалим.

Истриј го од нас жигот
на Антихристот

The Poet

Mihailo Sviderski (Bitola, 1991) prose writer, poet, translator. He is the author of 5 poetry books.: For the novel White and Red (2014), he wins the THE NEW prize for the best debut non-fiction work. The novel White and Red was also published in the Bulgarian In 2019 he publishes the novel The Last Days of Hans, which has been nominated for the EU Prize for Literature (EUPL). His latest novel, The Sons of Adam, was published in 2022 by the Vostok publishing house. His poetry has been translated into English, Russian, Greek, Bulgarian, Serbian, Hungarian, Basque and Albanian. He actively translates poetry and prose from English, Bulgarian and Serbian.


Μιχάιλο Σβιντέρσκι (Μπίτολα, 1991) πεζογράφος, ποιητής, μεταφραστής. Είναι δημιουργός των ποιητικών συλλογών: Μέσα από το όνειρο ομίχλης και βροχών (2013), μεταφρασμένη και στα βουλγάρικα σε έκδοση «Νίμα» Πλέβεν (2013) και Άστρα που κοιμούνται (2017). Για το μυθιστόρημα Άσπρο και κόκκινο (2014), σε έκδοση Τέμπλουμ, κερδίζει το βραβείο ΟΙ ΚΑΙΝΟΥΡΙΟΙ καλύτερου προτοεμφανιζόμενου πεζού συγγραφικού έργου. Το μυθιστόρημα Άσπρο και κόκκινο επίσης εκδόθηκε στη βουλγάρικη γλώσσα, σε έκδοση του εκδοτικού οίκου «Ίζιντα» από τη Σόφια το 2016. Το 2019 εκδίδει το μυθιστόρημα Οι τελευταίες μέρες του Χανς σε έκδοση του Ίλι-Ίλι που έχει προταθεί για το βραβείο λογοτεχνίας της ΕΕ (EUPL). Το τελευταίο του μυθιστόρημα, Οι γιοι του Αδάμ, εκδόθηκε το 2022 από τον εκδοτικό οίκο Βοστόκ. Έχει λάβει μέρος σε περισσότερα φεστιβάλ και αναγνώσεις. Παρουσιάζεται σε λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά και ανθολόγια της χώρας του και του εξωτερικού. Η ποίησή του έχει μεταφραστεί στην αγγλική, ρωσική, ελληνική, βουλγάρικη, σερβική, ουγγρική, βασκική και αλβανική γλώσσα. Είναι μέλος της ΕΠΜ. Ενεργά μεταφράζει ποίηση και πεζογραφία από τα αγγλικά, βουλγάρικα και σερβικά.

Χλόη Κουτσουμπέλη - Το Παιχνίδι
Roman Kissiov, Bulgaria


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