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 (culturebook.gr) 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.

Sincerely,

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”

Georgia Velivasaki, Greece

Georgia Velivasaki, Greece

Georgia Velivasaki, Greece

She, the Individual Zero

Revelation / Voiceless palatal fricative

The Poems

She, the Individual Zero

Upon her body, the world
catches its breath
having incubated
cephalotuses, telchines and homunculi

no salvation is recounted here
only icons of saints
frankincense, lumps of charcoal
of a lifetime's war

She is the one
who raised her finger against
who carried on her shoulders
the wretched soul of things
and talked back

She, the Individual Zero
a ship all lighted up
crosses the city
all alone

a macabre spectacle


(Vanessa Barré / English rendition
Eleftheria Gazeti / Editing of the English rendition)


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Αυτή, το άτομο μηδέν

Πάνω στο σώμα της ο κόσμος
κοντανασαίνει
αφότου επωάστηκαν
cephalotus, τελχίνες και ανθρωπάρια

κανένας γλιτωμός δεν περιγράφεται εδώ
μόνο εικονίσματα αγίων
μοσχολίβανο καρβουνάκια
μιας ζωής πολέμου

Αυτή είναι
που σήκωσε το δάχτυλο ενάντια
που πήρε στους ώμους της
την άθλια ψυχή των πραγμάτων
και αντιμίλησε

Αυτή, το άτομο μηδέν
πλοίο ολόφωτο
διασχίζει την πόλη
κατάμονη

μακάβριο θέαμα


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Revelation / Voiceless palatal fricative

I dreamt of a cloud like a gossamer bridal veil. It was 
overwhelming the streets and the cities of the people. It
was sliding into the houses through the doors and the
windows. It was folding upwards, spreading onto the walls, 
settling in the rooms and wiping them out.

It will enwrap our bodies like the Guantánamo cells. You
will not hear me, I will not see you.

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Sound one. The bird knows not; it will either drown or
fly.

Who is seeking me and why
sugar and milk
my tiny handsan oar
on the stairway of heaven.

Sound two. A pond and a butchered tree. Behold your toil. 
The leap has been made. Now you reap memories of the future. 
Under your skin, a child and a woman struggle.

Who delves into me, who scoffs
who remembers me not
who fixes me, who breaks me
and peacefully sleeps?

Sound three. Bells.
The bells of Saint Fanourios.
The bells of Saint Fanourios in our yard.
The house quakes. The house will fly like a bird.

I just came into existence
I am barely breathing
I was born a cloud
I shall die a cloud.

Tu-tṓ. Tu. Tṓ.
Toûtoûotis. Toûtoûtis. Toûtis.
"Toûtis and taútasos, ὄρνις ποιος".

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(Vanessa Barré / English rendition
Eleftheria Gazeti / Editing of the English rendition)


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Ανάβγαλμα / Άηχο ουρανικό τριβόμενο

Ονειρεύτηκα ένα σύννεφο σαν αραχνοΰφαντο νυφικό μαγνάδι. 
Κατέκλυζε τους δρόμους και τις πόλεις των ανθρώπων. 
Γλιστρούσε στα σπίτια από τις πόρτες και τα παράθυρα.
Αναδιπλωνόταν ως απάνω, απλωνόταν στους τοίχους,
εγκατασταινόταν στα δωμάτια και τα αφάνιζε.

Θα τυλίξει τα σώματά μας σαν τα κελιά του Γκουαντάναμο. Δεν
θα με ακούς, δεν θα σε βλέπω.

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Ήχος πρώτος. Το πουλί δεν ξέρει˙ θα πνιγεί ή θα πετάξει.

Ποιος με ψάχνει και γιατί
ζάχαρη και γάλα
τα χεράκια μου κουπί
στ' ουρανού τη σκάλα.

Ήχος δεύτερος. Ένας νερόλακκος κι ένα σφαγμένο δέντρο. 
Ιδού ο μόχθος σου. Το άλμα έγινε. Τώρα θερίζεις μνήμες του
μέλλοντος. Κάτω από το δέρμα σου ένα παιδί και μια γυναίκα 
αντιπαλεύουν.

Ποιος με σκάβει, ποιος γελά
ποιος δεν με θυμάται
ποιος με φτιάχνει, με χαλά
κι ήσυχα κοιμάται;

Ήχος τρίτος. Οι καμπάνες.

Οι καμπάνες του Αγίου Φανουρίου.
Οι καμπάνες του Αγίου Φανουρίου στην αυλή μας.
Το σπίτι τρέμει. Το σπίτι θα πετάξει σαν πουλί.

Μόλις που γεννήθηκα
μόλις που ανασαίνω
ένα σύννεφο ήμουνα
σύννεφο πεθαίνω.

Τυ-τώ. Τυ. Τω.
Τουτουότις. Τουτούτις. Τούτις.
«Τούτις και ταύτασος, ὄρνις ποιος».

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The Poet


Georgia Velivasaki is a poet, lyricist, writer and author of theatrical plays, children's rhyming books and short stories. Following her studies in EAP (Dept. of European Civilization) she is a University of West Macedonia post graduate in "Creative Writing" (Master's Degree). She is also an accomplished singer with an extensive discography under her belt and numerous collaborations with other artists, both in Greece and abroad. She has been actively involved in musical theatre and performance art, both as a performer and a creator. Her versatile projects include literary works that have been awarded, published and presented on stage. Since 2020, she teaches Performance Poetry in the Postgraduate Program «Creative Writing» of the University of Western Macedonia. More:http://www.velivasaki.gr/biography/?lang=en

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Η Γεωργία Βεληβασάκη γράφει ποίηση, στίχους, θεατρικά έργα, έμμετρα παραμύθια και διηγήματα, ενώ ασχολείται με το τραγούδι, το μουσικό θέατρο και την τέχνη της performance, ως ερμηνεύτρια και δημιουργός, στην Ελλάδα και το εξωτερικό. Είναι αριστούχος του ΕΑΠ (Τμήμα Ευρωπαϊκού Πολιτισμού) και του ΠΜΣ «Δημιουργική Γραφή» του Πανεπιστημίου Δυτικής Μακεδονίας. Στο εργοβιογραφικό της περιλαμβάνονται λογοτεχνικά έργα, που έχουν βραβευθεί, εκδοθεί και παρουσιαστεί επί σκηνής, καθώς, επίσης, εκτενής προσωπική δισκογραφία, αλλά και συμμετοχές σε έργα άλλων καλλιτεχνών. Από το 2020 συνεργάζεται ως διδάσκουσα Επιτελεστικής Ποίησης (Performance Poetry) με το Πρόγραμμα Μεταπτυχιακών Σπουδών «Δημιουργική Γραφή» του Πανεπιστημίου Δυτικής Μακεδονίας. Περισσότερα: http://www.velivasaki.gr/biography/

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