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”

Dimitris Varvarigos, Greece


πιστοποιητικό ανυπαρξίας

Ποια αποτυχία κάνει τ' όνειρο αίσθημα ανικανοποίητο,
ρετάλι που περίσσεψε απ' το χρόνο,
ρουτίνα, αγάπη, ύπαρξη
ακόμη και ματαιοδοξία;

Μη έχοντας άλλο, λέμε, πως φταίει η νύχτα κρύβοντας έκπληξη σ' ακάλυπτα σώματα, σώματα, π' αντέχουν μοναξιά και μέρες άγονες.

Καμιά Άνοιξη δεν ανθίζει ανώφελα
αν πρώτα με νεκρή σάρκα δεν ντυθεί η Ιδέα.

Ποια προσδοκία θα πετάξει τ' άχρηστα σύνδρομα
προλήψεις που μοιάζουν με ιδανικά,
αλλά δεν είναι;

Ποια επανάσταση ξεβράζει δικαίωση και δικαιοσύνη;

Πιστοποιητικά ανυπαρξίας
σώματα ντύνουν με θάνατο την επιβίωση του σχετικού και του απόλυτου
ενός ωραίου τέλους.

Μη έχοντας άλλο, λέμε, πως φταίει η νύχτα που δεν γελάει πάντα.

Non-existence certificate

Which failure makes the dream an unfulfilled feeling,
remnant that was left over from time,
routine, love, existence
even vanity?

Not having anything else, we say that it's the night's fault concealing surprise in uncovered bodies, bodies that endure loneliness and infertile days.

No spring blooms in vain
if first with dead flesh is not the Notion dressed.

Which expectation will throw away the useless syndromes,
the prepositions that look like ideals,
but they aren't?

Which revolution belches out fairness and justice?

Non-existence certificates
bodies dress with death the survival of the relative and the unconditional
of a beautiful ending.

Not having anything else, we say, it's the nights fault that she doesn't always laugh.


Φόρεσα στο λαιμό σου έναν κόσμο
γεμάτο πέπλα
να σκεπάσουνε εκπλήξεις και
απρόσμενες στιγμές
ένα παλάτι γέμισα όνειρα,
παθιασμένες ανάγκες,
αγέρια του νοτιά,
υποσχέσεις και φόβους.

Κι ο δρόμος,
ο δρόμος ατελείωτος, άνυδρος,
δίχως προορισμό
κι ας νομίσαμε πως κάπου φτάσαμε,
πως η βροχή μας μούσκεψε.

Σε παρωδίες τυλιχτήκαμε νηφάλιοι
κι ό,τι απόμεινε απ' την υπεροχή
άπραγη στέκει σε δάκρυ
να στάζει σε μνήμες αφημένες
στις σκόρπιες νύχτες
του ανεκπλήρωτου πόθου.

Να ήσουν εδώ
με την ψυχή αντίδοτο
σε μια εμπιστοσύνη
ν' άφηνες πάλι επάνω μου
κομμάτια απ' τη μοίρα σου
να υφανθούν μέσα στα όνειρα
μοιράζοντας εγώ
τα υλικά των πράξεών σου.


I wore around your neck a world
full of veils
to unreveal surprises and
unexpected times
a palace I filled with dreams,
passionate needs,
southern winds,
promises and fears.

And the road
the road endless, arid,
without destination
even though that we believed we reached some place,
that the rain soaked us.

In parodies we were wrapped sober,
and whatever was left from the supremacy
stands idle in a tear that
drips in memories left
in scattered nights
of unfulfilled lust.

If only you were here
with your soul as an antidote
to a trust
to leave on me again
pieces of your fate
to be weaved in dreams
and me sharing
the materials of your deeds.

The Poet

Dimitris Varvarigos was born in Athens. He graduated the English literature school that is "awarded by the writing school". He has a huge range in writing skills. He has written series for television, theater and literature.
Six of his novels have been risen to the theatre scene with great success. He has already published up to now 33 novels. More specifically 19 novels for adults and 14 for children.
The novel "Hypatia" was presented in the main Hall of the library of Alexandria, Egypt in 2007. His latest novels are: "Fait and Pride" & "Leave me". He is also a radio Producer on the show "Me and You" on Greek news and radio Florida.

Eleni Arapi, Greece
Dimitris Alexiou, Greece


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