Patras World Poetry Festival 2022

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4th “Patras World Poetry Festival 2021

13th - 19th of December


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 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 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.
  • 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 (, 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


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



Maria Alaniadi


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Yannis Stefanakis, Greece

Yannis Stefanakis, Greece

Yannis Stefanakis, Greece



The Poems


In the middle of the threshing floor
with straws on my bare feet
eight years old looking at the sky;
tripping the stars,
looking at them, counting them
loosing count, starting all over again

Ι thought if I stretched my hand
in my palms
eternal light; I could hold them litt,
to share, to give
to you who is me and I do not know it;
to the next person who is the other
without knowing it

But the years have gone by; the stars
perpetually moving
nailed always in their place
have become so distant;
they fade behind hazy clouds
and buildings surpassing
the human measure

Today children are not familiar
with the straws
nor do they look at the sky

And you; have become a star on a distant dome

(Translated: by Maria Nikoli)



Καταμεσής του αλωνιού
με τ' άχυρα στα πόδια τα γυμνά
οκταετής τον ουρανό κοιτούσα·
στ' αστέρια έβαζα τρικλοποδιά,
να τα κοιτώ να τα μετρώ
κι όλο τα έχανα, και φτου απ' την αρχή

πίστευα πως το χέρι αν άπλωνα
μες στις παλάμες μου
φως παντοτινό· θα τα κρατούσα αναμμένα,
να μοίραζα να έδινα
σε σένα που είμαι εγώ και δεν το ξέρω·
στον διπλανό που είναι ο άλλος
χωρίς να το γνωρίζει

Μα παρήλθον οι χρόνοι· τ΄ αστέρια
κινούμενα αενάως
καρφωμένα πάντα στη θέση τους
φαντάζουν μακρινά·
σβήνουν πίσω από σύννεφα θολά
και κτίρια που ξεπερνούν·
το μέτρο του ανθρώπου

Σήμερα τα παιδιά τ' άχυρα δεν γνωρίζουν
ούτε τον ουρανό κοιτούν

Κι εσύ· αστέρι έγινες σε θόλο μακρινό

* * * 


The pebbles on the beach
of Katalyki
plain and not at all artistic
bear shapes and
patterns of ages

So plain they unwittingly
stress our insignificance

(Translated: by Maria Nikoli)



Τα βότσαλα στην παραλία
της Καταλυκής
απλά και διόλου περίτεχνα
φέρουν σχήματα και
σχέδια αιώνων

Τόσο απλά που άγνωρα τους
τονίζουν την ασημαντότητα μας

The Poet

Yannis Stefanakiswas born in Grigoria ofHeraklion, Crete in 1951 He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts. He havepresented his work in many solo and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad, where he was awarded. Hepublish the"Neo Epipedo"Magazine, as well as the collectors' item "Technopaignion".He alsopublishCollector's Manual editions on the poetry of important Greek poets, He have published fourpoetry collections. His works are in public and private collections in Greece and abroad.
Ο Γιάννης Στεφανάκις Γεννήθηκε στο Ηράκλειο Κρήτης το 1951. Σπούδασε στην Ανώτατη Σχολή Καλών Τεχνών της Αθήνας. Έχει κάνει πολλές εκθέσεις στην Ελλάδα και στο εξωτερικό και έχει βραβευτεί. Εκδίδει το περιοδικό για το λόγο και τα εικαστικά, Νέο Επίπεδο, και το συλλεκτικό Τεχνοπάιγνιον. Εκδίδει επίσης συλλεκτικά χειροποίητα βιβλία με ποίηση σπουδαίων Ελλήνων ποιητών. Έχει εκδώσει τέσσερις ποιητικές συλλογές και πολλά από τα εικαστικά του έργα βρίσκονται σε Μουσεία, Πινακοθήκες και σε πολλές ιδιωτικές συλλογές στην Ελλάδα και στο εξωτερικό.

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