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.

 

Petra Kolmančič, Slovenia

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Petra Kolmančič, Slovenia

The Poems

HOW TO STAY FAITHFUL

Believe me, I am a faithful woman.

Faithful to my hairdresser,
even though on days
when she finds out her husband will return home
late from work
she sticks the comb into my scalp
as if it were a pitchfork.

Faithful to my butcher
who wraps each piece of meat
with a bawdy comment
hinting at carnal appetites
of a different kind.

Faithful to my man,
to the destructive dialectics of war and eros
at the battlefield of our intimicy,
which is slowly changing my heart
into a cadaver of a heart.

Believe me, I am a faithful woman.

Faithful to my multi-storied heart
with a different climate in each ventricle
because of which
it sometimes can't speak for itself.
Faithful to its depths and heights
although they are a scary place.

Faithful to my tribe, to my clan –
what and how and when and where
they expressed themselves –
it also goes through me.
I co-breathe with them,
even though it is them with their nonchalant familiarity –
(after all blood is thicker than water) –
who dig their fingers deepest into my aching spots
never completely satisfied
with the intensity of my pain.

Faithful to my children,
to my nestlings,
to whom I offer the regurgitated world
placing it into their hungry open beaks
so that one day
they will take from it themselves:
golden grains, red worms or carcasses.

Faithful to my truth,
although I took its innocence long ago –
we are far too close
but what is too close,
concerns us no more.

Believe me, I am a faithful woman.

Yet how can I stay faithful
when real life constantly
perverts my words, images and deeds?
How do I balance
what I know with who I am?
When I am complete during the day,
but disintegrate into elementary particles at night,
sometimes insure
if I can even vouch for myself?

Believe me,
I am a faithful woman.
And a faithful woman must always fight
with all forms of fidelity and infidelity
so she can stay faithful
to her image of a faithful woman.

(Translated by Erica Johnson Debeljak and Helena Marko.)


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Πως να παραμείνετε πιστοί

Πιστέψτε με, είμαι πιστή γυναίκα.

Πιστή στην κομμώτριά μου, ακόμα κι αν κάποιες μέρες,
όταν μαθαίνει πως ο άντρας της θα γυρίσει αργά απ' τη δουλειά,
χώνει τη χτένα στο κρανίο μου
σαν να τρυπούσε το κεφάλι μου με δικράνι.

Πιστή στον χασάπη μου, που τυλίγει κάθε κομμάτι κρέας
μ' ένα άνοστο σχόλιο,
υπαινισσόμενος πως η σάρκινη του επιχείρηση
είναι μιας άλλης φύσης.

Πιστή στον άντρα μου,
στην καταστροφική διαλεκτική του έρωτα και του πολέμου
που εκτυλίσσεται στο πεδίο μάχης της εγγύτητάς μας,
και αργά μεταμορφώνει τη καρδιά μου σε κουφάρι.

Πιστέψτε με, είμαι πιστή γυναίκα.

Πιστή στην πολυώροφη καρδιά μου,
με το διαφορετικό κλίμα σε κάθε της κοιλότητα,
εξαιτίας του οποίου, κάποιες φορές,
δεν μπορεί να μιλήσει για τον εαυτό της.
Πιστή στα ύψη και τα βάθη της,
κι ας είναι τρομαχτικό το τοπίο.

Πιστή στη φυλή μου, στο σόι μου –
ό,τι και όπως και όταν και όπου λένε,
αυτό περνά μέσα κι από εμένα,
ανασαίνω μαζί τους,
παρότι είναι ακριβώς αυτοί,
με την ειλικρινή τους πίστη στο αίμα
που δεν είναι νερό,
εκείνοι που μπήγουν τα δάχτυλά τους
πιο βαθιά στα ευαίσθητα σημεία μου,
και δεν ικανοποιούνται ποτέ εντελώς
με την ένταση του πόνου που αισθάνομαι
ως αποτέλεσμα.

Πιστή στα παιδιά μου,
τους νεοσσούς,
στους οποίους προσφέρω τον αναμασημένο κόσμο,
τοποθετώντας τον προσεκτικά στο πεινασμένο, ανοιχτό ράμφος τους
ώστε μια μέσα να μάθουν να τρώνε από εκείνον μόνα τους:
χρυσούς σπόρους, κόκκινα σκουλήκια, κουφάρια.

Πιστή στην αλήθεια,
κι ας έκλεψε την αγνότητά μου πριν από καιρό,
και είμαστε πολύ κοντά,
κι επειδή είμαστε πολύ κοντά,
δεν μας νοιάζει πια.

Πιστέψτε με, είμαι πιστή γυναίκα.

Μα πως να παραμείνεις πιστή
όταν η επίμονη αλήθεια
διαστρεβλώνει λέξεις, εικόνες, πράξεις;
Όταν προσπαθώ να φέρω σε αρμονία
αυτό που ξέρω με αυτό που είμαι;
Όταν είμαι ολόκληρη μέσα στη μέρα
αλλά το βράδυ αποσυντίθεμαι,
και γι' αυτόν τον λόγο μερικές φορές δεν ξέρω
αν μπορώ να εγγυηθώ
για τον εαυτό μου;

Πιστέψτε με,
είμαι πιστή γυναίκα.
Και μια πιστή γυναίκα
Πρέπει πάντα να υπερασπίζεται
όλες της μορφές της αφοσίωσης
και της προδοσίας
προκειμένου να μένει πιστή
στην εικόνα
μιας πιστής γυναίκας.

(Translated by Thanos Gogos.)


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Kako ostati zvesta

Lahko mi verjamete, zvesta ženska sem.

Zvesta svoji frizerki, čeprav mi ob dneh,
ko izve, da se bo njenemu možu
delo spet zavleklo pozno v noč,
v lasišče zabada glavnik kot da bi mi v glavo
želela zabosti vile.

Zvesta svojemu mesarju, ki mi vsak kos mesa
zavije vključno z neokusno pripombo,
ki namiguje na mesene zadeve kakšne druge vrste.

Zvesta svojemu moškemu,
uničujoči dialektiki vojne in erosa
na bojišču najine bližine,
ki moje srce počasi spreminja v kadaver srca.

Lahko mi verjamete, zvesta ženska sem.

Zvesta svojemu večnadstropnemu srcu,
različnim podnebjem v vsakem prekatu,
zaradi katerih se včasih ne zna izreči samo zase.
Zvesta njegovim globinam in višinam,
čeprav so strašen kraj.

Zvesta svojemu plemenu, rodu –
kaj in kako in kdaj in kje so se izrekli,
je šlo tudi skozi mene,
z njimi sodiham naprej,
čeprav mi prav oni
s prostodušno zaupnostjo krvi,
ki ni voda,
prste zadirajo najgloblje v boleča mesta
in niso nikoli popolnoma zadovoljni
z jakostjo bolečine,
ki jo ob tem čutim.

Zvesta svojim otrokom,
ptičem goličem,
ki jim svet polagam prežvečen
v odprte lačne kljune,
da si bodo potem od njega vzeli sami:
zlato zrnje, rdeče črve ali mrhovino.

Zvesta svoji resnici,
čeprav sem ji že zdavnaj vzela nedolžnost,
in sva si preblizu,
in kar nam je preveč blizu,
nas ne zadeva več.

Lahko mi verjamete, zvesta ženska sem.

A kako ostati zvesta,
ko neizprosna resničnost
sproti izkrivlja besede, podobe, dejanja?
Ko skušam uskladiti
tisto, kar vem, s tem, kar sem?
Ko sem čez dan cela,
noč pa me razkroji v osnovne delce,
zato včasih ne vem,
ali sploh lahko jamčim sama zase?

Lahko mi verjamete,
zvesta ženska sem.
In zvesta ženska se mora ves čas spopadati
z vsemi oblikami zvestobe in nezvestobe,
da lahko ostane zvesta
svoji podobi
zveste ženske.


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AMPHIBIANS

We're like amphibians; sometimes outside, on dry land,
sometimes submerged in our own internal swamps.

We feel safe in our muddy swamps.
We thrive in them.

We are sensitive to touch, noli me tangere;
and to words and glances, noli me legere, noli me videre.

Our blood is sometimes hot, sometimes ice cold, sometimes watered down.
We have membranes behind our eyelids, and an extra pair of lids,

so we can close our eyes tight, vertically and horizontally.
We make love without looking into each other's eyes,

we hump each other from behind, so we can seize,
reshape and fantasize our desires and visions.

Afterwards we leave, go on our way, because the one
that attacks us this way sooner or later begins to reek of sadness,

and that is unbearable, it cannot be endured.
We're like amphibians; headless caecilian antagonism.

(Translated by Erica Johnson Debeljak.)


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Αμφίβια

Είμαστε όπως τα αμφίβια· κάποιες φορές έξω, στην ξηρά,
κάποιες φορές βυθισμένοι στους εσωτερικούς μας βάλτους.

Νιώθουμε ασφαλείς μέσα στους λασπώδεις βάλτους μας.
Ευδοκιμούμε μέσα τους.

Είμαστε ευαίσθητοι στην αφή, noli me tangere·
και σε λέξεις και σε ματιές, noli me legere, noli me videre.

Το αίμα μας κάποιες φορές βράζει, κάποιες φορές παγώνει, κάποιες φορές είναι πιο ήπιο.
Έχουμε μεμβράνες πίσω από τα βλέφαρά μας, κι επιπλέον ένα ζευγάρι ματόφυλλα,

ώστε να μπορούμε να κλείσουμε τα μάτια μας σφιχτά, οριζοντίως και καθέτως.
Κάνουμε έρωτα χωρίς να κοιταζόμαστε,

ορμάμε ο ένας στον άλλον από πίσω, ώστε να μπορούμε ν' αρπάξουμε,
ν' ανασχηματίσουμε και να φαντασιωθούμε τις επιθυμίες και τα οράματά μας.

Μετά παίρνει ο καθένας τον δρόμο του γιατί εκείνος που μας όρμησε
αρχίζει, αργά ή γρήγορα, να βρωμάει θλίψη,

κι αυτό είναι αβάσταχτο, δεν γίνεται να το βαστήξουμε.
Είμαστε όπως τα αμφίβια· ακέφαλες, άποδες διενέξεις.

(Translated by Thanos Gogos.)


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Dvoživljenje

Nekakšne dvoživke smo; včasih zunaj, na kopnem,
včasih potopljeni v svoja notranja močvirja.

V blatu svojih močvirij smo varni, v njem prav lepo uspevamo.
In občutljivi smo na dotike, noli me tangere;

na besede in poglede, noli me legere, noli me videre.
Naša kri je včasih vroča, včasih ledena, včasih vodena.

Za vekami imamo žmurke, še ene veke, da se lahko
zapremo vertikalno in horizontalno neprepustno.

Ljubimo se, ne da bi si gledali v oči, nekako
naskakujemo drug drugega od zadaj, da bi

zasegli, preoblikovali, sfantazirali svoje želje in vizije,
ter pustili, šli naprej, ker tisti, ki ga takole naskakuješ,

začne slejkoprej zaudarjati po žalosti in
to je nevzdržno, tega se ne da prenesti.

Nekakšne dvoživke smo; brezglavi sleporili antagonizem.


The Poet

Petra Kolmančič, (Slovenia), born in 1974. She is a poet, editor and producer. She graduated in philosophy and sociology of culture at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. She has published her poems in various literary magazines in Slovenia and abroad. Her work has been translated into German, English, Hungarian, Greek, Czech (poetry book Layer by layer), Croatian, Macedonian and Bosnian. She won Veronika Poetry Prize, in 2014, for the best poetry collection Slovene of the year for the book Layer by Layer (Pivec, 2014) and Glazer Prize for her poetry collection 3rd Person of Dual (Pivec, 2017). To create new poetic forms and experiences she often combine her poetrywith music, videos, images, animations and computer arts.

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