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”

Manos Stefanidis, Greece

Manos Stefanidis, Greece

Manos Stefanidis, Greece

The Poems

The angels in my life

I am lucky. There have always been angels in my life. Sometimes mournful and sad, 
sometimes blithe, amorous, overwhelmed with joy for life. Sometimes there were white and
transparent, sometimes incorporeal and inconspicuous and sometimes total physical…blue,
earthen Cherubs and red, juicy Seraphs. Every time I think about it, I blush.

But always my angels had wings. Beautiful, long, golden wings, a little 
cloudy and a little earthy. Stable, safe wings for every use. In other words, wings to fly high and upwind, not
decorative wings. Because my angels, they were, and they are fighting. They don' t 
impersonate the angels by wearing plastic wings like other angels in an inelegant 
performance in a theater.

They were and they stay real angels from solid angelic material... Angels who always fly. 
Besides, they can't do anything else. And me, I can fly with them. At least, occasionally. I 
borrow, namely, something from their volatile obsession and I can fly high. Anyway, I cogitate
the human condition, it means that I observe my downfall with triumph. Not like the leaves'
fall but like the falling stars. They are lucky whoever did flights. Even though they fell then.

How many times I count that the angels' wings and their travels didn't become totally mine.

The angels – guardians (protectors) were and they are always beside me even though they
are a long way off. Just like now, for example. But I am not complaining.

Besides, this is the Angel's job: they fly, and they fly high…and finally they go away.

* * *


With incompleteness and mistakes
And after many years of practice
We learn since school-age period
The importance (role)of youth
And each and every one of us without exception acts like he is the main actor.
And when we impersoned enough this role
And after we feel comfortable in his own shoes and behind his masks
And out of the blue(suddenly) the director starts yelling
What an old fashion style! How unacceptable!
You play like elders (old men).

The Poet

Ο Μάνος Στεφανίδης γεννήθηκε στο Πειραιά το 1954. Σπούδασε αρχαιολογία στο Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών. Μετεκπαιδεύτηκε στο Kunstmuseum του Dusseldorf και στο Smithsonian Institution της Washington DC. Είναι διδάκτορας του ΑΠΘ. Επί 25 χρόνια ήταν επιμελητής της Εθνικής Πινακοθήκης. Το 2004 εξελέγη λέκτορας του Πανεπιστήμιου Αθηνών και το 2005 μέλος της Εταιρείας Συγγραφέων. Το 2006 εξελέγη επ. καθηγητής στο ΑΠΘ αλλά δεν απεδέχθη τη θέση. Σήμερα διδάσκει Ιστορία της Τέχνης στην Φιλοσοφική Αθηνών, τμήμα θεατρικών Σπουδών. Το 1990 ήταν ο κομισάριος της Ελλάδας στη Biennale Βενετίας. Από το 1985 είναι μέλος της Α.I.C.Α.. Οργάνωσε και διηύθυνε το παράρτημα της Εθνικής Πινακοθήκης στη Κέρκυρα (1990-1995) και το ιδιωτικό μουσείο Φρυσίρα (2000-2002). Έχει διδάξει σε μεταπτυχιακά σεμινάρια του Καποδιστριακού και Ιονίου Πανεπιστήμιου, του Παντείου και της ΑΣΚΤ καθώς και στη σχολή ξεναγών και τον ΑΚΤΟ. Γράφει χρόνια κριτικές τέχνης και επιφυλλίδες στην "Καθημερινή", το "Βήμα", το "Έθνος", την "Ελευθεροτυπία", τον "Ελεύθερο Τύπο" και το περιοδικό Αντί. Συνεργάζεται με τα λογοτεχνικό περιοδικό "Το Δέντρο", "Η Λέξη", "Ρεύματα", "Μανδραγόρας", "(δε)κατα". Έχει παρουσιάσει πολλές τηλεοπτικές εκπομπές στη κρατική τηλεόραση, στον ΑΝΤ1 και το SevenX, ραδιοφωνικές εκπομπές στο Τρίτο Πρόγραμμα και στο Κόκκινο 105,5. Έχει διοργανώσει σεμινάρια τέχνης στην Αρχαιολογική Εταιρεία, στην Ελληνοαμερικανική Ένωση και στη Booze Cooperativa.

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