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”

Giannis Alexandropoulos, Greece

Giannis Alexandropoulos, Greece

Giannis Alexandropoulos, Greece

The Poems

Your long fine fingers rest on your thigh
And your gaze roams around the room
Lost is the pebble you brought from the island sands
The ash of the autumn sorrow fills the memory vase

A branch of myrtle adorns your offering
and your smile fills the time
Pulsing arrhythmia in the tunnel of love
Oh sweet heaven, how many promises will you make good

at the fading of the day?


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Τα μακριά λεπτά σου δάκτυλα, ακουμπούν τον μηρό σου
Και το βλέμμα σου, πλανάται στο χώρο του δωματίου
Χαμένο το πετραδάκι που έφερες από την αμμουδιά του νησιού
Η στάχτη της φθινοπωρινής θλίψης γεμίζει το βάζο με τις αναμνήσεις.

Ένα κλαδί μυρτιάς στολίζει την προσφορά σου
και το χαμόγελο σου γεμίζει το χρόνο
Παλμικές αρρυθμίες στη σήραγγα της αγάπης
Ω! γλυκέ ουρανέ πόσες υποσχέσεις άραγε θα πραγματοποιήσεις
στο σβήσιμο της ημέρας;


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There is no time
for further questions
Existence
feeds on light
ebbs away in the darkness

The windmill wheels away
in the breath of the wind
the soul glistens
in your caress

Our oscillation
has followed for tens of years
the present
As the water covers
all the pores of time-space

And a green apple suffices for happiness


*


Δεν υπάρχει καιρός
για άλλες ερωτήσεις
Η ύπαρξη
τρέφεται με το φως
αργοσβήνει στο σκοτάδι

Ο μύλος στριφογυρίζει
με την πνοή του ανέμου
η ψυχή λαμπυρίζει
με το χάδι σου

Η ταλάντωσή μας
ακολουθεί δεκάδες χρόνια
το παρόν
Σαν το νερό καλύπτει
όλους τους πόρους του χωροχρόνου

Και ένα πράσινο μήλο αρκεί για την ευτυχία

The Poet

Giannis Alexandropoulos was born in Patras in 1972. He studied Economics at the University of Patras. He worked as an accountant in the private sector in Athens and since 2000 lives permanently in Patras and works as a freelancer. He's married and has two children. He is involved in literature and poetry and has published four poetry collections in "Mandragoras Publications". His poems have been included in literary journals and anthologies as well as having been presented at festivals and conferences. He has been a founding member of various literary groups and is now an active member of the "Jean Moreas" reading club.

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Ο Γιάννης Αλεξανδρόπουλος γεννήθηκε στην Πάτρα το 1972. Σπούδασε Οικονομικές Επιστήμες στο Πανεπιστήμιο Πατρών. Εργάσθηκε ως λογιστής στον ιδιωτικό τομέα στην Αθήνα και από το 2000 ζει μόνιμα στην Πάτρα και εργάζεται ως ελεύθερος επαγγελματίας. Είναι παντρεμένος και έχει δυο παιδιά. Ασχολείται με τη λογοτεχνία και την ποίηση και έχει δημοσιεύσει τέσσερις ποιητικές συλλογές στις εκδόσεις Μανδραγόρας. Ποιήματά του έχουν συμπεριλήφθη σε λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά και ανθολογίες καθώς επίσης έχουν παρουσιασθεί σε φεστιβάλ και συνέδρια. Έχει υπάρξει ιδρυτικό μέλος σε διάφορες λογοτεχνικές ομάδες και σήμερα είναι ενεργό μέλος της λέσχης ανάγνωσης «Ζαν Μωρεάς»

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