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”

Ana Victoria Padilla Onatra, Colombia


Ana Victoria Padilla Onatra, Colombia

Furniture in a box

The Poems

Furniture in a box

There is something hidden in the act of collecting boxes
in the act of sorting them out
to contain the world
or creating a little poetic scenery
where you can remain

There is a kind of enchantment
for all the unanswered questions
like a mischievous laugh of whom
                                            despite the fear
stealthy comes closer to see the mystery

There is something hidden in the crease of the boxes, I say

The boxes as houses of poems
The boxes as daydream cathedrals
nourishing the real scenery
that unfolds
out of every box

(Translation by Teresa Beltrán and Karla Aguilar)


Mobiliario en caja

Hay algo oculto en el acto de recoger cajas
en disponer de ellas
para contener el mundo
o crear un pequeño escenario poético
donde quedarse a vivir

Hay una suerte de encantamiento
ante lo que no tiene respuesta
como una risa traviesa de quien
                                           pese al miedo
sigiloso se acerca para ver el misterio de cerca

Hay algo oculto en el doblez de las cajas, digo

Las cajas como casas de poemas
Las cajas como catedrales de la ensoñación
alimentando el escenario real
que se despliega
fuera de toda caja

* * * 

Expedition to amazement

There are people who, when the flowering season arrives
leave their workplaces
to see the trees in bloom
They may travel to less frequented neighborhoods
by bicycle, walking or by bus
Looking for a sparkle to shine through their eyes
and give them the strength to accept the wind that blows away the instant
the routine of the days to come
the revelation of tiny miracles
that every time announces the flow of life
as well as the urgency and the calm of everything that returns to the earth

(Translation by Emanuel Julio)


Expedición al asombro

Hay personas que llegada la temporada de floración
abandonan sus lugares de trabajo
para ver los árboles en flor
Pueden desplazarse a barrios poco frecuentados
en bicicleta, a pie o en autobús
Van en busca de un destello que atraviese sus ojos
y les dé la fuerza para aceptar el viento que deshoja el instante
la rutina de los días venideros
el descubrimiento de diminutos milagros
que todo el tiempo anuncian el continuo despliegue de la vida
así como la urgencia y la calma de todo lo que retorna a la tierra

The Poet

Ana Victoria Padilla Onatra: She studied History, but especially she collects instants and writes poetry, which has been a refuge, company, and a link to know the world. Because of her curiosity, and the desire of conspiring with her friends, she has combined the letters with sound, plastic, and audiovisual arts, considering that poetry is in everything and everyone. Her poems lie in digital and printed magazines and anthologies, or secretly resonate in the places where poetry has taken her.

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