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”

Giorgos Karabelas, Greece

Giorgos Karabelas, Greece

Giorgos Karabelas, Greece

The Poems


Love is
Your pace in time
Your slow unwinding
The swift -in your silence- movements
That resolve
Until your consipiring smile
Can be heard

A journey to the unknown
At the eleventh hour
Before that
the silence
On her own
Embarking with words that are slow
onto speedy thoughts
At the eve of your eyes
The remebrance



Έρωτας είναι
Οι χρονικοί σου ρυθμοί
Το αργό σου ξετύλιγμα
Οι γρήγορες -εν τη σιωπή- σου κινήσεις
Που λύνονται
Ώσπου το σου συνωμοτικό χαμόγελο
Ν' ακουστεί

Ταξίδη στο άγνωρο
Την τελευταία στιγμή
Πιο πριν η σιωπή
Επιβίβαση με λέξεις αργές
σε σκέψεις γρήγορες
Στων ματιών σου το βράδυ
Η μνήμη

* * * 


The secret in a desire,
is something born by love.
And love is a progression,
of acts of admiration.

The secret of admiration,
In other words creation.
Is always brought about,
In freedom's whereabouts.

Freedom's secret lies of course,
in acting with sincerity.
Which is nourished by courage,
undoubtedly, with certainly.

The secret of courage
is the faith and the persistence,
it will be change always
the flow of the resistance.

For giving to someone,
first you will be the one to bare.
The self will whom eventually,
your givings you will share.



Το μυστικό του έρωτα,
το φέρνει η αγάπη.
Αυτή δημιουργείται με τον,
θαυμασμό που πράττει.

Το μυστικό του θαυμασμού,
το λεν δημιουργία.
Που πάντοτε γεννάται,
μέσα στην ελευθερία.

Το μυστικό της 'λευθερίας,
το φέρνει η ειλικρίνεια.
Που θρέφεται μοιραία,
με το θάρρος αναμφίβολα.

Το μυστικό του θάρρους,
είναι η πίστη κι ο εμμένων,
θ' αλλάζει μια για πάντα,
τη ροή των δεδομένων.

Σε κάποιον για να δώσεις,
πρέπει πρώτα εσύ να φτιάσεις,
τον εαυτό που κάποτε,
σ' εκείνον θα μοιράσεις.

The Poet

Giorgos Karabelas was born and raised in Athens, where he currently lives and skates. He graduated from the Faculty of Social Theology and received a History of Philosophy MA from the University of Athens. In the past he has worked as a carer for people with special needs and as an art model. «Simple Transition» is his first poetry collection, «The Child and the Angel» his second.


Ο Γιώργος Καράμπελας γεννήθηκε, ζει και κάνει Skate στην Αθήνα. Είναι απόφοιτος του τμήματος Κοινωνικής Θεολογίας και του μεταπτυχιακού Ιστορίας της Φιλοσοφίας του Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών. Στο παρελθόν έχει εργαστεί ως συνοδός ατόμων με αναπηρία και ως καλλιτεχνικό μοντέλο. Η «Απλή μετάβαση» είναι η πρώτη του ποιητική συλλογή, «Το Παιδί και ο Άγγελος» η δεύτερη.

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