Patras World Poetry Festival

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DECEMBER 10th - 13th  2020 

We would like to inform you that due to the implementation of a new lockdown in our country and the increase in the number of coronavirus cases, the organizing and scientific committee of the “Jean Moréas International Awards” and the Patras International Poetry Festival postpones the date of the event on December, 10-13 of 2020.

Digital Event

The Patras World Poetry Festival 2020 this year is entitled "National Poets" and plans to host 60 poets from 15 different countries around the world.

This year the festival  be held online and virtually, as far as COVID-19 impact affects significantly the implementation of this event.

In the four-day online event there will be 6 meetings lasting up to 3 hours, where the guest poets will be presented with readings in 2 languages, via live connection. The events will be attended by invited representatives of institutions and the jury, while the program will include speeches, presentations, tributes, music, etc.

In addition, the following activities will take place within the schedule of the Festival events:

  • online Award of the annual Greek Poetry Awards "Jean Moréas" (Saturday December 12th)
  • Art Exhibition "National Poets" with the participation of 20 Greek artists and 10 artists from different countries (live and digital tour)
  • Collectible trilingual edition of the poems of the participants, in the first language of each artist, in Greek and English

The 3rd Patras World Poetry Festival 2020 is organized by the Poetry Fountation “Grafeion Poiiseos”, the literary website Culture Book ( and the multicultural center Epikentro Plus History & Arts, while every year it is under the auspices of the Ministries of Culture and the Ministry of Tourism*. Supporters of the event are the Greek Library of London, the Cultural Center “Kostis Palamas”, the University of Western Macedonia, the Hellenic Open University and many other important institutions, as claimed under the Aegis of the President of the Hellenic Republic.

Awarding of Poetry Awards "Jean Moréas" for the year 2019

This annual event will be held digitally at one session of the PWPF Poetry Event 2020, with a presentation of the award-winning poets and recitations by them. This is the annual event during which the "Jean Moréas" Prizes are awarded for Greek poetic art and Greek poetic production in its entire range. They are recognizable nationwide and concern the poetry collections that were published throughout the previous calendar year from the year of the award. They refer both to young poets and newcomers and to those who are recognized with their poetic work along time.

The event is highly appreciated by the Greek literary and artistic circle of readers. In this year's event, in addition to the institutionalized awards, a very important foreign poet will be honored, who with his/her lifelong work honors the literature outside Greece.The Award Committee is composed of Greek University professors, as well as very important poets and poetry critics who will evaluate the work of the honorees.


On behalf of the organizing committee.

Kotopoulos H. Triantafyllos, President of the “Patras World Poetry Festival”

Skiathas D. Antonis, President of the Poetry Fountation “Grafeion Poiiseos”

Alaniadi Maria, Event Manager of the “Patras World Poetry Festival”

Patras World Poetry Festival 2020 - Online Event - 10th-13th December 2020


Patras World Poetry Festival 2020

Online Event

10th-13th December 2020



On Thursday December 10th will begin the 3rd Patras World Poetry Festival, bringing literature on show despite the difficulties of this period. Deploying the love for poetry, 60 Greek and foreign poets from 16 countries of the world, responded warmly to Patras' call and are coming together in this online event bringing down limits, difficulties anddistances.

The festival's schedule contains 6 poetry meetings and the main event will be the nomination of "JEAN MOREAS POETRY AWARDS 2020".This is the annual event during which the "Jean Moréas" Prizes are awarded for Greek poetic art and Greek poetic production in its entire range. The event are honoring with their presence the Deputy Minister of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth of Cyprus Prodromos Prodromou, the Rectors of : University of Patras, Open Greek University, University of Western Macedonia , European University Cyprus and representatives of Institute of Educational Policy. The 3rd Patras World Poetry Festival has claimed under the Patronage of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Ms Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

An important difference of this years schedule are the (6) thematic "round tables" that will take place after the poems presentations and in which the participants will have the ability to discuss and exchange thoughts concerning their art and in general poetry's role in our everyday life. The audience that will attend the events online will have the chance to acknowledge the work of many Greek and foreign poets and to get informed about issues that concern this area worldwide.

All events will be broadcasted to the audience live through the digital literarywebsite from the 10th until the 13th of December between the hours of 11:30-14:00 & 19:00-21:30.

The 3rd Patras World Poetry Festival 2020 is being held by the Poetry Foundation "Grafeion Poiiseos", the literary website Culture Book in cooperation with Region of Western Greece. Supporters of the event are the University of Western Macedonia, the University of Patras, the Open Greek University, the European University Cyprus, the Greek Library of London, as well as the Local Union of Municipalities Achaia, the Chamber of Achaia and the Patra Port Authority.

Patras World Poetry Festival is one of the biggest literature institutions in Greece and has already been differentiated among distinguish Festivals in the world. Its vision is to project Greek literature internationally and to turn the capital of Western Greece into an European literature center. Through its operations it converses with all areas of Greek Studies worldwide and records the contemporary poetry production. Every year it hosts in Patras important names of world literature offering also a rich programme of events.


Thursday 10.12.2020, 19:00 – 21:30

Poetry Reading: Greek Poets

Round Table: "The therapeutic function of poetry in education."

Moderators: Gina Kalogirou, Triantafyllos H. Kotopoulos, Antonis D. Skiathas

Participants:Anna Afentoulidou
Christina Grammatikopoulou
Christos Papadopoulos
Zacharias Katsakos
Dimos Chlopitsioudis
Yiorgos Panagiotidis
Georgia Velivasaki
Giorgos Georgoulas
Kalliopi Pasia

Friday 11.12.2020, 11:30 – 14:00

Poetry Readings: Greek Poets

Round Table: "Convergences and divergences of generations in the uttermost poetics."

Moderators: Angela Kaimaklioti, Yiannis Patilis

Participants:Angela Kaimaklioti
Yiannis Patilis
Yiorgos Alisanoglou
Irini Vakalopoulou
Charis Melitas
Panagiotis Nanos
Thanos Gogos
Yiannis Doukas
Lena Kallergi
Popi Aroniada
Maria Koulouri
Elsa Korneti
Valia Tsaita-Tsilimeni

Friday 11.12.2020, 19:00 – 21:30

Poetry Reading: Greek Poets

Round Table: "The role and the dynamic of Patras World Poetry Festival."

Moderator: Mariarosa Caracausi

Participants:Antonis D. Skiathas
Triantafyllos H. Kotopoulos
Nikos Fotopoulos
Yannis Panoussis
Kostas Kremmidas
Sotiris Pastakas
Vaggelis Tasiopoulos
Konstantinos Bouras
Dimitris Kosmopoulos
Eleni Artemiou - Fotiadou
Nikos Lazaris

Saturday 12.12.2020, 11:30 – 14:00

Poetry Readings: Poets from Aboard
Round Table: "National poets and the modern function of their works"
Moderator: Liana Sakelliou GREECE
Participants: Liana Sakelliou GREECE
Enriquez Pedro SPAIN
Juan Carlos Abril SPAIN
Giancarlo Cavallo ITALY
Mattia Tarantino ITALY
Isabella Vincentini ITALY
Piergiorgio Vitι ITALY
Dashamir Malo ALBANIA
Bozena Helena POLAND
Ruxandra Cesereanu ROMANIA
Yllka R. Imeri SERBIA

Saturday 12.12.2020, 19:00 – 21:30


Rapporteurs: Gina Kalogirou, Triantafyllos H. Kotopoulos, Kostas Kremmidas, Vaggelis Tasiopoulos, Dioni Dimitriadou, Lina Nikolakopoulou, Antonis D. Skiathas

19:00 Official Opening – Greetings

19:40 Awards Ceremony

  • Honor Prize Award "Kostis Palamas"
  • Award for the promotion of Greek literature.
  • Award for Newcomer Poet 2019
  • Award for best Poetry Collection 2019
  • Jean Moréas Award

Sunday 13.12.2020, 11:30 -14:00

Poetry Readings: Poets from Greece & Abroad
Round Table: "Poetry in the era of covid-19."
Moderator: Kostas Gouliamos CYPRUS
Participants: Panagiotis Nikolaidis CYPRUS
Yiorgos Christodoulides CYPRUS
Manolis Aligizakis CANADA
Eva Gallud SPAIN
Alexandre Mexis FRANCE
Debasish Parashar INDIA
Shakhawat Tipu BANGLADESH

Sunday 13.12.2020, 19:00 - 21:30

Round Table: "Poetry in the era of covid-19"
Moderator: Christie Kouninioti
Participants: Kostas Koutsourelis
Nikos Lazaris

Organizing committee:

Kotopoulos H. Triantafyllos, President of the "Patras World Poetry Festival"

Skiathas D. Antonis, President of the Poetry Fountation "Grafeion Poiiseos"

Alaniadi Maria, Event Manager of the "Patras World Poetry Festival"


Antonis Skiathas, 693 114 5170,

Maria Alaniadi, 6942 012292,

Poetry Fountation "Grafeion Poiiseos",

Informative material and previous announcements can be found on

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Patras World Poetry Festival 2020 ONLINE Event


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