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”

Ioanna Lioutsia, Greece

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Ioanna Lioutsia, Greece

The Poems

When I utter "freedom"

When I utter the word "freedom"
two images always come to mind:

sixth grade boys
with bicycles in packs
August
around the city's neighborhoods

and

a chubby Chinese teenager
second generation immigrant
with his plastic slippers left upside down
lounging outside his parents' store
like a cat
[on an] October afternoon.

(Μτφ: Ιωάννα Λιούτσια – Γιάννης Στάμος)


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Όταν προφέρω τη λέξη «ελευθερία»

Όταν προφέρω τη λέξη «ελευθερία»
στο νου μου έρχονται πάντα δύο εικόνες:

αγόρια της τελευταίας τάξης του δημοτικού
με τα ποδήλατα σε αγέλες
Αύγουστο
στις γειτονιές της πόλης

και

ένας έφηβος Κινέζος
αφράτος μετανάστης δεύτερης γενιάς
με πεταμένες τις πλαστικές παντόφλες
φαρδύς πλατύς έξω απ' το μαγαζί
σαν γάτος
Οκτώβρη μήνα μεσημέρι.


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The City at Night

blankets
more blankets
piles of blankets
only blankets
blankets vertically
and blankets horizontally
in all shades of woollen brown
a road paved with blankets
among the blankets you'll find blankets
above below around the man
just blankets

- behind him though
inside the big toy store on the corner
pretty little dolls with their little pets
sleep in their little beds and cots
blissfully.

(Μτφ: Ιωάννα Λιούτσια – Γιάννης Στάμος)


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H πόλη τη νύχτα

κουβέρτες
κι άλλες κουβέρτες
σωρός κουβέρτες
μόνο κουβέρτες
κουβέρτες κάθετα
και οριζόντια κουβέρτες
σ' όλες τις αποχρώσεις του μάλλινου καφέ
ένας δρόμος στρωμένος κουβέρτες
ανάμεσα στις κουβέρτες θα βρεις κουβέρτες
κάτω πάνω γύρω από τον άνθρωπο
κουβέρτες

- πίσω του όμως στο γωνιακό πολυκατάστημα
κούκλες, κουκλάκια και τα ζωάκια τους
κοιμούνται στα κρεβατάκια τους
μακάρια.


* Αδημοσίευτα ποιήματα

The Poet

Ioanna Lioutsia was born in Thessaloniki in 1992. She is a PhD researcher on Performance Art in Balkans (University of Peloponnese). She holds an integrated master degree in Directing (Theatre department, AUTh, 2018), a BA in Acting (Contemporary Theatre Drama School, 2017) and a BA in History&Archaeology (AUTh, 2014). She works as an actress, director and Drama in Education instructor. She has written the following books: 12 short plays for 19 World Days (for primary schools, 2021), Silence in two spaces, (poetry, 2019), Arrythmias (poetry, 2016), Talks on Mi+ (poetry, 2014) and has translated H. Ibsen's, Norma or Politician's love (2020). Poems and other texts about theatre and literature are also published in anthologies and magazines. She has been awarded with the 2nd prize in Playwriting Contest of State Theatre of N.Aegean for her first play (2014), while her next play was shortlisted at Theatertreffen Berliner Festspiele 2019.

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Ιωάννα Λιούτσια: Γεννήθηκε‌ ‌στη‌ ‌Θεσσαλονίκη‌ ‌το‌ ‌1992. ‌Υποψήφια‌ ‌διδάκτορας‌ στο τμήμα ‌Θεατρικών‌ ‌Σπουδών‌ ‌(Πανεπιστήμιο‌ ‌Πελοποννήσου).‌ ‌ ‌Απόφοιτη‌ ‌των τμημάτων Ιστορίας‌ ‌–‌Αρχαιολογίας‌ & Θεάτρου‌ ‌ΑΠΘ‌ ‌και‌ ‌της‌ ‌Ανωτέρας‌ ‌Δραματικής‌ ‌Σχολής‌ ‌"Σύγχρονο‌ ‌Θέατρο‌ ‌Βασίλης‌ ‌Διαμαντόπουλος".‌ ‌‌ ‌Έχουν‌ ‌κυκλοφορήσει‌ ‌τρεις‌ ‌ποιητικές‌ ‌της‌ ‌συλλογές:‌ ‌‌Συνομιλίες‌ ‌σε‌ ‌Μη+‌ ‌‌(2014),‌ ‌‌Αρρυθμίες‌ ‌(2016),‌ ‌‌Η‌ ‌Σιωπή‌ ‌σε‌ ‌δύο‌χώρους‌‌ ‌(2018),‌ ‌μία‌ ‌συλλογή‌ ‌θεατρικών‌ ‌έργων‌ ‌για‌ ‌παιδιά‌ ‌(‌12‌ ‌σκετς‌ ‌για‌ ‌19‌ ‌Παγκόσμιες‌ ‌Ημέρες‌,‌ ‌2021), καθώς και η μετάφρασή της στο έργο του Ε. Ίψεν Νόρμα ή Ο έρωτας ενός πολιτικού (2020). Το‌ ‌πρώτο‌ ‌της‌ ‌θεατρικό‌ ‌κείμενο‌ ‌‌Τη‌‌ ‌‌Μοναξιά‌ και‌ ‌τους‌ ‌Ανθρώπους‌ ‌να‌ ‌Φοβάσαι‌‌ ‌απέσπασε‌ ‌το‌ ‌Β'‌ ‌βραβείο‌ ‌στο‌ ‌διαγωνισμό‌ ‌συγγραφής‌ ‌του‌ ‌ΔΗΠΕΘΕ‌ ‌Β.‌ ‌Αιγαίου‌ ‌(2014)‌,‌ ‌ενώ‌ ‌το‌ ‌επόμενο‌ ‌‌First‌ ‌we‌ ‌take‌ ‌Manhattan,‌ ‌then‌ ‌we‌ ‌take‌ ‌Berlin‌ ‌συμπεριλήφθηκε ‌στη‌ ‌shortlist‌ του‌ ‌Berliner‌ ‌Festspiele‌ ‌2019.‌ ‌Άλλα‌ ‌ποιήματά‌ ‌της‌ ‌βρίσκονται‌ ‌σε‌ ‌ανθολογίες‌ ‌και‌ ‌συλλογικά‌ ‌έργα, ενώ από το 2012 αρθρογραφεί τακτικά σχετικά με τη λογοτεχνία και το θέατρο.‌ ‌Εργάζεται‌ ‌ως‌ ‌ηθοποιός,‌ ‌σκηνοθέτης‌ ‌και‌ ‌θεατροπαιδαγωγός.‌ ‌ ‌

Penelope Zardoukα, Greece
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