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 

Roman Kissiov, Bulgaria

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Roman Kissiov, Bulgaria

The Poems

MYSTERY

This spring, the birds did not come back from the south.
The trees did not bloom.
There are only vultures perched on branches.
Vultures have perched –
on house balconies,
on boulevards, at cafes,
on benches, on cars,
at bus stops,
at children's playgrounds, in gardens…
Vultures, vultures perched…
They are standing, waiting.
Waiting, standing.

Vultures have perched…
And only here and there,
only at places – behind a corner
or behind a door ajar –
slightly showing are
angel wings.

(Translated by Ralitsa Saramova)



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МИСТЕРИЯ

Тази пролет птиците не се завърнаха от юг.
Не разцъфнаха дърветата.
Само лешояди са накацали по клоните.
Лешояди са накацали –
по балконите на къщите,
по булевардите, по кафенетата,
по пейките, по автомобилите,
по спирките,
по детските площадки, по градините…
Лешояди, лешояди са накацали…
Стоят и чакат.
Чакат и стоят.

Лешояди са накацали…
И само тук-таме,
и само някъде – зад някой ъгъл
или зад открехната врата –
леко се подават
ангелски крила.


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THE POET CAN

They said:
A poet cannot feed a family

They said:
A poet can feed
Only the worms…

O, no –
The poet feeds the pigeons
The poet feeds the eagles
The poet feeds the angels
The poet feeds the hearts –
               the hearts of people
               still hungry
               for Truth and Light…

The poet can feed thousands
with but five verses


(Translated by Ralitsa Saramova)


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ПОЕТЪТ МОЖЕ

Казаха:
Поет къща не храни

Казаха:
Поетът може само
червеите да нахрани…

О, не –
Поетът гълъбите храни
Поетът орлите храни
Поетът ангелите храни
Поетът сърцата храни –
             сърцата на хората
             които все още са гладни
             за Истина и Светлина…

Поетът може
със пет стиха
хиляди да нахрани


The Poet

Roman Kissiov was born in 1962 in the town of Kazanlak, Bulgaria. Poet, translator of poetry, artist. He graduated in painting from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. He lives and works in Sofia. Poems by Roman Kissiov have been published in almost all Bulgarian literary editions, they have been broadcast over the Bulgarian National Television and the Bulgarian National Radio. His works have been included in poetry anthologies in Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Armenia, Jordan, India, and in the international anthology of English POETS FOR WORLD PEACE (Switzerland, Canada, 2011). His poems have been translated and published in 22 languages. He is the author of 10 poetry books in his homeland and 8 books in other languages in different countries. Roman Kissiov has taken part in many international poetry festivals.

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