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”

Asimina Xirogianni, Greece



Τα ωραιότερα ταξίδια είναι του μυαλού.
Να σε πηγαίνει η σκέψη σε ό,τι αγαπάς και σου αρέσει.
Και να μην είναι ανάγκη να επιστρέψεις
Αυτά κοντά σου πάντα είναι
Μέσα σου εικόνες αληθινές
Σαν να πήγες…
Αναμνήσεις χωρίς χρονικότητα
Σα να πήγες…
Σα να γύρισες…

Η προφητεία του ανέμου, Δωδώνη 2009


The most beautiful voyages are those of the mind
that take you to all you like and love
and if you need return
these will stay with you
beautiful images
as if you went there
memories beyond time
as if you went
as if you returned.

Μετάφραση στα Αγγλικά /// Μανώλης Αλυγιζάκης

Για να γράψεις ποίηση

Για να γράψεις ποίηση
χρειάζεται να καίγεσαι μέσα σου
Να βάζεις φωτιά στα παγόβουνα
Το βλέμμα σου ν' αρπάζεται,
Να διαδίδεται σαν σπίρτο

Οι λέξεις σου να εκπλήσσονται
και να εκπλήσσουν

Λίγη φθορά για γούρι, Γαβριηλίδης 2017


To write poetry
you need to have the burning inside
to conflagrate icebergs
to grasp with your glance
what spreads like fire

your words need to be surprised
and capable to surprise

Μετάφραση στα Αγγλικά /// Μανώλης Αλυγιζάκης

The Poetess

Αsimina Xirogianni was born and raised in Athens. She studied
Classics and Theatrology at the University of Athens, as well as
Act at the Theatre-Workshop School. She teaches greek
Iiterature (ancient and modern) in secondary school; She has
been honored in various poetry competitions. Ηer poems have
been translated in English, French and Spanish. She has
translated Carol Ann Daffy, Τed Hughes, Μark Strand, Τseslav
Miloz.In 2009 she founded the blog varelaki
( Her books
are: Τhe Profesy of the wind (pοems) Dodoni Publications,
Athens 2009, His body become shadow (novel) Anatolikos
Publications, Athens 2010, Wounds (poems) Gavrielides
Publications, Athens 2011, My era is the poetry (poems)
Gavrielides Publications, Athens 2013, 23 days, Gavrielides
Publications, Athens 2015, Aution (play) Vakhikon Editions,
Athens 2015, Poems 2009-2017 (poetry) Vakhikon Editions,
Athens 2021, An infinite look,Vakhikon Editions, Athens 2023

Vaggelis Zafeiratis, Albania
Αλέξανδρος Βαναργιώτης(ΙΙΙ)


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