Patras World Poetry Festival 2023

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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.


Eftichia - Alexandra Loukidou, Greece



Κανονικά, με λένε Σόνια.
Μίτσε, με βάφτισε ο Φραντς
̶ μονόχειρας, μα ξέρει ν' αγκαλιάζει.
Τη μέρα προτιμώ να υπνοβατώ.
Με ένα νόμισμα κρυμμένο στο μαντίλι
περνάω βιαστικά έξω από τα προάστια
σκιές ευκίνητες πουλώ στην Alexanderplatz
στα ενυδρεία σπάζω τις φυσαλίδες
κι αφού των πληκτικών επεισοδίων
διασχίζω την ομίχλη
βρίσκομαι σώα σαν νεκρή
στο τέλος της θλιμμένης ιστορίας.

Η πλατεία γέμισε μεμιάς αρωματοπωλεία.
Έξω απ' τις χαραμάδες των πληγών
πλημμύρα ακυβέρνητη
λεβάντα και θυμίαμα
γαζία και λιβάνι.

Όμως, εγώ
πάντοτε αλήθεια σού έλεγα, Φραντς.
Ω, μα και βέβαια μπορούσα
μόνο εσένα ν' αγαπώ
ο άλλος ήτανε παιδί, μπορεί και γέρος
μην τα σκαλίζεις τώρα πια
ήπιε απλώς ένα κονιάκ
έβαλε φωτιά στα μαλλιά της μαριονέτας
κι έπειτα εξαφανίστηκε.

Κι άφησε, Φραντς
τι θες κι ανοίγεις τώρα το πορτάκι
άστο μες στο κλουβί του το πουλί
μη μου το πνίγεις
πονάω, Φραντς, με σφίγγεις, Φραντς
χύθηκε κάτω όλο το νερό
ποτέ ξανά τιτίβισμα
ποτέ ξανά μισή αγκαλιά
γέμισε πούπουλα ο αέρας, Φραντς
δεν σε ακούω πια
πούπουλα και φτερά
δεν σε πονάω πια
μόνο φτερά
δεν με πειράζει τώρα πια…

Οι άνθρωποι στο δάσος
πεθαίνουν πάντα από ντροπή.
Το Επιδόρπιο, Κέδρος 2012


Rightfully they call me Sonia.
Franz named me Mitse
― one-armed, he is, but how to embrace he knows.
In the day I prefer to sleepwalk.
With a coin hidden in a hankie
I walk quickly past the suburbs
I sell agile shadows in Alexanderplatz
I burst bubbles in aquariums
and having gone through the mist
of dreary happenings
I find myself safe like dead
at the end of the sad story.

Instantly the square filled with perfume shops.
Beyond the wounds' fissures
an unmanageable flood
lavender and frankincense
musk plant and inense.

But I, Franz,
always told you the truth.
Oh, but yes, only you
could I love
the other one was a lad, perhaps even an old man
don't rake up old affairs
he simply drank a brandy
set the puppet's hair on fire
and afterwards disappeared.

Come now, Franz,
why must you open the cage
let the bird stay there
don't smother it
I'm hurting, Franz, you're squeezing me, Franz
all the water is spilled on the floor
never again chirping
never again half a cuddle
the air is full of down, Franz
I can't hear you anymore
down and feathers
I don't feel for you anymore
feathers only
I don't mind anymore…

People in the forest
always die of shame.

(Translated from the Greek by Yannis Goumas)


Χτυπώ τον χρόνο για να μπω
τη γυάλινή του συγκατάθεση γυρεύω
μήπως στεριώσει τούτη τη φορά
η επιστροφή στην ξενιτιά
μα δεν αναγνωρίζω τ' όνομά μου
ο αρχαίος τρόμος διέρχεται από τις αμυχές
κι αρνούμαι, αντιστέκομαι
το ρίγος να κατανοήσω
τυφλή κι αποχρωματισμένη
με την ηχώ γαμήλιων αποχαιρετισμών
κύκλους να κάνει γύρω μου
λες και το χάος ορίζεται
αν παρατηρηθεί.

Να ξεγλιστράς
αυτό μονάχα σώζει
φύλλα ευκαλύπτου να εισπνέεις
και σε υδάτινους ναούς
τις ρίζες σου ν' απλώνεις.
«Τον νυμφώνα σου βλέπω…»
κι αν δεις να κλαίει το παιδί
κράτησε την ανάσα σου
τραγούδησέ του ημερομηνίες παλιές
βοήθα το απ' την κορνίζα να κατέβει
βάλτο λέξεις αποδημητικές να συλλαβίσει
μην το ακούς
«και ένδυμα ουκ έχω ίνα εισέλθω εν αυτώ»
οι πιθανότητες είναι αρκετές
-να του εξηγήσεις-
κάποιος να σε προλάβει και…
πού θα πας νυχτιάτικα, μείνε εδώ, να πει
κι άλλωστε πόσο κρατάει η ζωή

αύριο χωριζόμαστε.
Αφόρετα θαύματα, Κέδρος 2017


I knock on time to enter
looking for its glass consent
if by any chance going back to live abroad
takes root this time
but I can't recognize my name
the ancient terror passes through the scratches
and I refuse, I keep back from
understanding the quiver
blind and discoloured
wth the sound of nuptial farewells
making circles around me
as if the chaos is determined
if seen.

To dodge
is the only saving grace
to inhale eucalyptus leaves
and in aqueous churches
to spread your roots

"I see your nuptial chamber…"

and should you see the child crying
hold your breath
sing to it old dates
help it get down from the frame
make it syllabize migratory words
don't listen to it

"and no dress do I have to wear…"

there are enough chances
--explain to it--
for one to anticipate you and say
where are you going this time of night, stay here
and besides how long does life last

tomorrow we part.

Translated from the Greek by Yannis Goumas

The Poetess

Eftichia-Alexandra Loukidou was born in Munich and is of Constantinopolitan descent . She lives in Thessaloniki where she studied at the Faculty of Philosophy, AUTH. She teaches creative writing in Thessaloniki and Cyprus.
POETRY: "Sad daisies", (1986), "The triptych of shimmer" (1993),"Momentous homecoming" (1999), "Let's Blossom till nothing" (Kastaniotis, 2004),"Basement level one" (Kastaniotis, 2008, 2nd ed. 2009), "The dessert" ( Kedros 2012, 2nd & 3rd ed.2013, Shortlisted for the National Literary Award),"Unworn Wonders" (Kedros, 2017), "The porter of days" (Kedros, 2022)
STUDY: "Face stitching. A visit to Orestis's Alexakis poetry" (Neos Astrolavos/Efthini 2012),"Beyond writing. Essays about Poetry", (Kedros 2015), "In the back gardens single word. Essays about Poetry", (Romi 2019)
She is a member of the Hellenic Authors' Society, of the Writers' Society Thessaloniki, of the 'Poets Circle'.
Her poems were translated into English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Albanian, Bulgarian and are included in Greek and foreign anthologies.

Elias Melios, Greece
Elsa Korneti, Greece


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