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”

Konstantinos Bouras, Greece

Konstantinos Bouras, Greece

Konstantinos Bouras, Greece

The Poems


Nature and Environment

We would have been blind
Lacking Love
Arrogant
Lacking Death

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I am going to tell you a story tonight:
Deep darkness…
In the middle of the night
A worried badger mom
Brings her baby
To the shaman
            to make it heal.

She knocks on the door.
A hut in the forest
Lit by an oil lamp.
But the magic man is not there.
He hovers above
The tip
            of a burned out pine tree.

It passed away around two o'clock
In the morning
And it disdained to return.

The badger's mom is now
             weeping.

She weeps bitter tears.
Her little one
Has, after all, the air of
a wiped off cloud.


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Φύση και Περιβάλλον


Χωρίς τον Έρωτα
Θα ήμασταν τυφλοί
Χωρίς τον Θάνατο
Αλαζόνες

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Απόψε θα σας πω μια ιστορία:
Σκότη βαθιά…
Στη νύχτα μέσα
Ασβίνα νοιασμένη
Φέρνει το μωρό της
Στο σαμάνο
            να το γιατροπορέψει.

Χτυπάει την πόρτα.
Καλύβι στο δάσος
Φωτισμένο με λυχνάρι.
Μα ο μάγος δεν είναι εκεί.
Υπερίπταται πάνω από
Την κορυφή
            καμμένου πεύκου.

Πέθανε γύρω στις δύο
Μετά τα μεσάνυχτα
Κι απαξίωσε να επιστρέψει.

Κλαίει τώρα η μητέρα
            τού ασβού.

Κλαίει, δάκρυα πικρά.
Το μικράκι της
Έχει πια τον αέρα
σβησμένου συννέφου.


The Poet

Konstantinos Bouras was born in 1962 in Kalamata and has been living in Athens since 1977. Author of 41 published books, theater critic and book reviewer. Distinguished doctor of the Department of Translation and Interpreting of the Ionian University (2019). He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (1985), a master's degree from the Department of Theater Studies of the University of Athens (1994) and a master's degree in theater from the French University Paris III - La nouvelle Sorbonne (D.E.A. Etudes Théâtrales). Postdoctoral researcher at EKPA and the University of the Aegean. He teaches theater criticism at the Department of Theater Studies of the University of Athens and cultural management, as well as human resource management at the School of Public Administration. He writes articles in newspapers and in many literary magazines. His plays with ancient Greek themes and about the Crisis have been performed in theaters in Greece and abroad.

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Ο Κωνσταντίνος Μπούρας γεννήθηκε το 1962 στην Καλαμάτα κι από το 1977 ζει στην Αθήνα. Συγγραφέας 41 εκδοθέντων βιβλίων, κριτικός θεάτρου και βιβλιοκριτικός. Αριστούχος διδάκτωρ τού Τμήματος Μετάφρασης και Διερμηνείας τού Ιονίου Πανεπιστημίου (2019). Είναι διπλωματούχος μηχανολόγος μηχανικός τού Εθνικού Μετσόβιου Πολυτεχνείου (1985), αριστούχος τού Τμήματος Θεατρικών Σπουδών τού Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών (1994) και κάτοχος μεταπτυχιακού διπλώματος θεατρολογίας τού γαλλικού Πανεπιστημίου Paris III - La nouvelle Sorbonne (D.E.A. Etudes Théâtrales). Μεταδιδακτορικός ερευνητής στο ΕΚΠΑ και στο Πανεπιστήμιο Αιγαίου. Διδάσκει θεατρική κριτική στο Τμήμα Θεατρικών Σπουδών του Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών και πολιτιστική διαχείριση, καθώς και διαχείριση ανθρώπινου δυναμικού στη Σχολή Δημόσιας Διοίκησης. Αρθρογραφεί σε εφημερίδες και σε πάμπολλα λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά. Θεατρικά του έργα με αρχαιοελληνικά θέματα και για την Κρίση έχουν παρασταθεί σε θέατρα τής Ελλάδας και του εξωτερικού.

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Roman Kissiov, Bulgaria
 

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