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.


Zuzana Husarova, Slovakia



môžem darovať len polovičné množstvo krvi
sebe verzus ostatným
analógie k satiu spoločnosti
tiché záruky, posily, dúfaš
dúfala si v posuny, zmeny, nové doby, nové porozumenia
dúfala si, nádych a výdych, nádych a výdych, nádych a prázdno
sladké spavé nevedomia, zabudnúť a povstať z koberca
nalistovať, prisunúť, potopiť sa
ako vo sne, na ktorý si už dávno zabudla
nakradnuté zbierky rozkoše z textu prúdia v žilách
všetko má aj tak svoj chod, ktorému nevieš čeliť
čakanie je teraz, je nové teraz
už ani nevieš, či slová majú svoju formu
a ľudia dole sa stále len vítajú
dobrý deň a u vás čo nové?
ešte chcem písať a chcem sa rozprávať
otázka, otázka, odpoveď, za ňou ticho
ostáva protestovať a chcieť byť vypočutá
postoj, krok, za ním pssst
na stene oblaky a čipka
odtlačky prstov v hemisférach
tí poučení z minulosti
veria v nové nádeje
u nás postvírus priniesol ďalšie poklesy
vytŕčanie znamená, že len vyššie vyskakuješ
vraj sme sa v týchto dňoch zabudli červenať
a spektákl je len túžbou spoločnosti po spánku, podľa Deborda
chodíš za mnou, ale vyzerá to, akoby som ja chodila za tebou
a keď konečne postavím čas na domácu váhu, zistím, že schudol
tak si konečne poďme ľahnúť
pred pahltnosťou sveta má spánok ešte stále šancu
menej než osem, viac než päť
ako si ustelieš, s takými sa zobudíš
masová synchronizácia vedomia a pamäti
čo neviem, to neprezradím
keď nevibruje, spím
nebuďme ako strnádliky jazvečie počas migrácie
letia sedem dní bez oddychu a skúma ich armáda
každodenný život, každodenný život, každodenný život, každodenný život, každodenný
znamená možnosť doplniť slovo život
mama, neviem prečo ty máš veľa dôvodov na nervy
privinieš si dieťa, zaspievaš, zaplačeš nad svetom
privinieš si dieťa, zaspievaš
keď oni spia
tak ty
keď oni spia
tak ty
keď oni spia
tebe oči vyschnú a len sa uistíš, že
ďalším pravidlom sa aj tak nič nevyrieši
na výlete v Los Angeles na mňa žena v hrôze zakričala:
ona mala byť mŕtva
ona mala byť mŕtva
ja som len nešla na zelenú
každý deň života je navyše
migrujúce strnádliky už klopú na okno
a to, po čom túžiš, je
doplniť slovo na konci riadka
nájsť percento zmyslu
ktoré by z domu vyšlo na ulicu
z ulice do mesta, z mesta do štátu
ktoré by nás pokrylo ako dych spiacich detí
a ten tvoj


I can only donate half the amount of blood
to yourself versus to others
analogies to the sucking of society
silent guarantees, supports, you hope
you hoped for shifts, changes, new times, new understandings
you hoped, inhale and exhale, inhale and exhale, inhale and emptiness
sweet sleeping unconsciousness, to forget and rise from a carpet
to thumb, to pull, to immerse
as in a dream you had long since forgotten
stolen collections of textual bliss flow in your veins
everything still has its course, which you can't face
waiting is now, is the new now
you don't even know if words have their form anymore
and the people downstairs are still just greeting each other
hello and what's new with you?
I want to write and to talk
question, question, answer, silence behind it
what remains is to protest and want to be heard
attitude, step, behind it hushshsh
clouds and lace on the wall
fingerprints in the hemispheres
those who learnt from the past
believe in new hopes
post-virus brought here just further declines
sticking out means you just jump higher
it is said that we forgot to blush these days
and the spectacle is just society's wish for sleep, according to Debord
you follow me, but it looks as if I followed you
and when I finally put time on our home scale, I find out that it has lost its weight
so let's finally lie down
sleep still has its chance against the world´s gluttony
less than eight, more than five
as you make your bed, with those you wake up
a mass synchronization of consciousness and memory
what I don't know, I won't reveal
when it doesn't vibrate, I sleep
let's not be like white-crowned sparrows during migration
they fly for seven days without rest and are examined by the army
everyday life, everyday life, everyday life, everyday life, everyday life, everyday
means the ability to complete the word life
mom, I don't know why you have loads of reasons for nerves
you cuddle your baby, you sing, you cry over the world
you cuddle your baby, you sing
you sing
when they sleep
when they sleep
when they sleep
your eyes dry up, and you just become aware that
another rule still doesn't solve anything
on a trip to Los Angeles, a woman shouted at me in horror:
she should have been dead
she should have been dead
I just didn't cross at a green light
every day of life is extra
migrating sparrows are already knocking on your window
and you just desire to
add a word at the end of the line
find a percent of meaning
that would go from your house to a street
from a street to a city, from a city to a state
that would cover us like the breath of sleeping children
and yours


o 2 minúty? budete?
auto zastavilo, správy predal kuriér
všetko zaplatené, bez kontaktu
bez zámen, bez náčrtu, bez vzdychu: už zase
bez lacných odrenín a vášne
zabalené miesto ticha
zbalené priečinky a tvorba
bez spätnej adresy
z balíku trčali nitky
boli to svedomie, úzkosť a bájky
rozviažte až doma, fragile
ste na adrese?
už sme pochodili, poželali, dosnívali
sme doma a vítame
budúcnosť a koncových užívateľov
otvorím vám dvere, nech nezmoknete
veď tu už dávno neprší, to len v predpovedi
z auta nevidíte oblohu?
stratili sme hmatateľnosť, mechaniku, umenie kinetiky
keď sa podpíšem, vymažte si ma
správy o koncoch bolia viac, ak si ich sama odlepíš
buničina zhorela v nožniciach, leto zaspalo v karanténe
tajomstvá slnečníkov nahryzol piesok
zmizli ľudské stopy v mori
odviate strany prísteliek
zachytilo písmeno túžby
keď poslední budú bez hlasu
tých v strede omámi
chorál spojených nádob
aj to sme boli zhovievaví: kto nechcel, ani nepípol
dopípal zvyšok
správy o koncoch sa uzavreli v ďalšom vagóne, v ďalšom dni
v ďalšom človeku
a dieťa ti pošepne: to osud piští
môžeš byť pekná púpava


in 2 minutes? ready?
a car stopped, the news was conveyed by a courier
everything paid, without any contact
without pronouns, without a sketch, without a sigh: yet again
without cheap abrasions or passion
wrapped in the cloak of silence
packed folders and creativity
without a return address
threads protruded from the package
they were conscience, anxiety, and fables
untie them at home, fragile
are you at your address?
we have already finished marching, wishing, dreaming
we are at home and welcome
future and end users
I'll open the door for you, so you won't get wet
it hasn´t been raining here for a long time, only in the forecast
can't you see the sky from the car?
we have lost tangibility, mechanics, the art of kinetics
when I sign, erase me
news about endings hurt more when you peel them off yourself
the pulp burned in scissors, summer fell asleep in quarantine
the secrets of parasols were nibbled by sand
human footprints in the sea disappeared
sides of extra beds vanished with the wind
captured by a letter of desire
when the last ones will be voiceless
those in the middle will be dazzled
by a chant of connected vessels
and we remained merciful: those who didn't want to, didn't beep
the rest ended in beeping
reports about the end were sealed in another carriage, on another day
in another person
and the child whispers to you: fate whistles
you can be a beautiful dandelion

The Poetess

Zuzana Husárová is the author of experimental literature across various media, has created sound poetry, interactive digital poetry, poetic performances, and transmedia poetry. As an academic, she teaches at Digital Arts AFAD in Bratislava, conducts research on electronic literature and digital media, and is an editor of Glosolália journal. She has co-edited two theoretical books and authored poetry books liminal, lucent, amoeba, and the newest book Hyper, which was published in Slovak and German (Hochroth Leipzig) and translated by Martina Lisa. Her works have been published, performed, and exhibited at festivals, events, and galleries in Europe and the USA. Webpage:

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