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”

Christos Koltsidas, Greece

Christos Koltsidas, Greece

Christos Koltsidas, Greece

The Poems


With her hammer and anvil
and with the spark of lightning in July.

With what is inside you
a loose dog and a tracker
and outside of you
a tame puppy in the yard.

With the multitude of herbs,
the pomegranate and its decay,
and above all
with the sun.

Nature rests on her laurels.

She loves you
and she breaks you.

(Teflon, issue 25, Summer-Fall 2021)

(Translation: Lena Kallergi)



Με το σφυρί και το αμόνι της
και με το σπίθισμα του κεραυνού Ιούλιο μήνα.

Μ' αυτό που είναι μέσα σου
σκυλί λυτό και ιχνηλάτης
κι απ' έξω σου
ήμερο κουταβάκι της αυλής.

Με τα πολλά μυρωδικά,
το ρόδι και τη σήψη του,
και πάνω απ' όλα
με τον ήλιο.

Η φύση επαναπαύεται στις δόξες της.

Σ' αγαπάει
και σε τσακίζει.

(Τεφλόν, τχ. 25, Καλοκαίρι-Φθινόπωρο 2021)

* * * 


Beneath our feet beats
the beautiful artery of eternity.

It nourishes trees, people, living things.

And we,
with our duty of shade and light,
stir the water
in the great well of the world.

Thus we distribute evenly
a little of Life's infiniteness
a little of Death's experience.

(Aquifers, Thraca 2021)

(Translation: Lena Kallergi)



Κάτω απ' τα πόδια μας χτυπά
η όμορφη αρτηρία της αιωνιότητας.

Θρέφει δέντρα, ανθρώπους, ζωντανά.

Κι εμείς,
μ' ένα καθήκον φωτοσκιάσεων,
αναδεύουμε το νερό
στο μεγάλο πηγάδι του κόσμου.

Έτσι μοιράζουμε ισάξια
λίγο απ' την απειρία της Ζωής,
λίγο απ' την πείρα του Θανάτου.

(Νεροφόροι, Θράκα 2021)

The Poet

Ο Χρήστος Κολτσίδας γεννήθηκε στην Καρδίτσα το 1991. Ζει στη Θεσσαλονίκη. Σπούδασε φιλοσοφία και εκπονεί διδακτορική διατριβή με θέμα τη σχέση της φιλοσοφίας του Βίτγκενσταϊν με τη σύγχρονη αναλυτική φιλοσοφία της θρησκείας. Κυκλοφορούν οι ποιητικές του συλλογές: Τα ορεινά (Μελάνι 2015, Κρατικό βραβείο πρωτοεμφανιζόμενου συγγραφέα 2016), Βροχή περασμένη (Μελάνι 2020) και Νεροφόροι (Θράκα 2021).

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