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.


Nikos Erinakis, Greece


[2 ποιήματα από την τελευταία συλλογή Ακόμα Βαφτιζόμαστε, εκδ. Κείμενα, 2022]

[ακόμα βαφτιζόμαστε]

μέρες καλοκαιριού του δύο χιλιάδες δεκαοκτώ
έναν αιώνα μετά·
ακόμα χωρίς δουλειά

από το Dalston στο Jericho
και πάλι πίσω
μια στη Βαλτετσίου
και μια γύρω απ' τη Λουκιανού

ανάνθιστος φοράω πάλι μαύρα
κι αφήνω γένια

σας συναντώ ξανά
επιχειρούμε το θαύμα
στο ασυνεχές
ανακαλύπτουμε ουλές

με δίκαιους φόβους
σε αυθαίρετους καιρούς και τόπους

ανάμεσα στον ήλιο και σε μια ανοιχτή φλέβα

το παρελθόν είχε άλλα σχέδια για μας

στις νεραντζιές που ανθίζουν
στους δρόμους του κέντρου

κρίσης κρήνες
ποτίστε μας κι άλλο

οι κυκλικοί ρυθμοί ακτινοβολούν

κι όπως δεν ήταν το πριν γιορτή
δεν είναι και το τώρα απόγνωση

θα υποφέρουμε κι αυτή την ειρήνη

ό,τι κόσμος ήταν
κόσμος παραμένει

[Still Getting Baptized]

Summer days of two thousand eight
A century later;
Still unemployed

From Dalston to Jericho
And back
Sometimes in Loukianou
Sometimes around Valtetsiou

Unflowered I wear black again
And grow a beard

I meet you anew
We attempt the miracle
To the uncontinuum
We discover scars

With fair fears
In arbitrary times and places

Between the sun and an open vein

The past had other plans for us

We are baptized
To the bitter orange trees that blossom
To the city center streets

Crisis fountains
Water us more

Circular rhythms shine

And as before was not a celebration
Likewise, now is not despair

We will suffer this peace too

Whatever was cosmos;
Cosmos remains

[στην πιο συναρπαστική καμπύλη της ρωγμής]

οι ζωές μας πλέον αντιστοιχούν
σε κάτι που απροσδόκητα πλησιάζει

μοιάζει όμορφη μέρα να κρυφτείς

βρίσκομαι στους χωρίς εσένα δρόμους
οι στιγμές σ' ενέχουν ακόμα
το πρωινό σε χρειάζεται

προσπαθώ να φέρω πίσω
όσα δραπέτευσαν

με τη σοφία της ανασφάλειας
εισχωρώ σε κάποιο τέλος

νιώθω το ένστικτό σου μέσα μου
με συνοδεύει σε υπολείμματα ονείρων

αφαιρείς τον διάκοσμο
αφήνομαι στην τυραννία της ειλικρίνειας

τα πράγματα είναι πιο σκληρά
απ' όσο είμαστε εμείς

κι όμως υπάρχουν ακόμα εκείνες οι στιγμές

άλλο η ζωή, άλλο η αλήθεια·
άλλο εμείς

ας συγκρίνουμε μυθολογίες
δίνω ό,τι μπορώ να δώσω

συναντηθήκαμε στην πιο
συναρπαστική καμπύλη της ρωγμής

θα φύγεις;
ή μήπως σ' αρέσει ο τρόπος που καίει;

υγρή ροή που συνεπαίρνεις
θα σε συναντήσω στην έκπληξη

εκεί που τίποτα
δεν πληγώνει πια

[in the most fascinating curve of rupture]

our lives now correspond
to something unexpectedly approaching
it seems like a great day to hide

I find my self in the without you streets
the moments still involve you
the morrow requires you

I strive to bring back
all that fled

with the wisdom bestowed by insecurity
I squeeze myself into a random ending

I feel your gut in mine
escorting me in shrapneled dreams
you strip all ornament
and I surrender to the tyranny of candor

matters are toughter
than we are

I age
and yet these moments still exist

life is another, truth is another and we another

let's compare mythologies
I'll go all in

we met at the most fascinating curve of rupture

are you leaving ?
or maybe you like the way it burns

liquid flow that swipes away,
I'll meet you at the unexpected;

where nothing wounds anymore

The Poet

Nikos Erinakis [Athens, 1988] is an Asst. Professor of Social & Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Culture at the University of Crete, while teaching also at the University of Athens and the Athens School of Fine Arts. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of London, where he began his thesis while continuing and completing it as a recognized research student at the University of Oxford. He studied Economics [AUEB], Philosophy & Literature [Warwick], and Philosophy of Social Science [LSE]. He is also the Scientific Director of the think-tank ENA, he was a member of the Board of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, and is a member of the Board of the Hellenic Youth Symphony Orchestra. Three books of his poetry have been published, as well as two books of German-speaking poets of modernism, with a number of related essays, in his translation. He has been honoured with the Award of the Academy of Athens for his first philosophy book, while collective volumes have been published under his supervision as editor. His poems, essays and articles have been published in various peer-reviewed international journals, collective volumes, anthologies and conference proceedings.

Penelope Alivizatou, Greece
Maria Christodoulou, Cyprus


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