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”

Sotiris Pastakas, Greece


Δυο ποιήματα από το βιβλίο Δεν έμεινα ποτέ εδώ | Two poems from the book: I've never lived here

Διάδρομος απ' το ματάκι
της πόρτας βλέπω να φουσκώνει
να στενεύει μονόφθαλμος
δεν ξέρω αν ξυπνάω σιγά-σιγά
ή αν βυθίζομαι στον ύπνο
βλέπω τους γείτονες σκιές
να κοπανάν τις πόρτες

—μόνο οι ντελιβεράδες
διατηρούν το χαμόγελο—

βλέπω διάδρομο τρελοκομείου
σιδερένια κελιά κλειδαριές
πτυσσόμενα γκλομπ
μένω σ' αυτό το διάδρομο
ένας απλός άνθρωπος
που αποστρέφει το βλέμμα

—μήτε νεκρός μήτε ζωντανός—

δοκιμάζω τη γνώση
πέρα από τη συνείδηση
τη θέα της καμπίνας
του ασανσέρ λευκή σελίδα
να φέρει τη ζωή μου τούμπα
τον κόσμο ανάποδα
θα συνεχίσω να παίρνω μάτι
απ' το ματάκι της κάσας


Corridor from the peephole
of the door I see swelling
narrowing one-eyed man
I don't know if I'm slowly waking up
or if I'm sinking into sleep
I see the neighbors as shadows
slamming doors
—only the delivery guys
still keep their smile—

I see a madhouse's corridor
iron cells locks
collapsible batons
I live in this hallway
a simple man
who averts the gaze

—neither dead nor alive—

I test the knowledge
beyond consciousness
the view of the cabin
the elevator's blank page
to turn my life inside out
the world upside down
I'll keep checking out
through the peephole of the case


Υπόγεια διάβαση πεζών
πεζούς είδα τους φίλους μου
να κατεβαίνουν στο σκοτάδι
τον πόνο και τον τρόμο
να σφύζουν από ζωή
κι ο θάνατος να τους περικυκλώνει
να στρίβουν
δεξιά αριστερά
στον δικό τους δρόμο

ν' ανεβαίνουν στον ουρανό
ο καθένας κρεμασμένος
από ένα πολύχρωμο μπαλόνι
με τα ημίψηλα καπέλα τους

—χρέος του ξένου είναι βεβαίως
με την πόλη εντελώς να συντάσσεται—

στη διάβαση περπατώ ξυπόλυτος
μοιράζομαι το κρασί
με τους άστεγους
πριν πάρω κι εγώ το διάδρομο
της αναλήψεως.


Underground pedestrian crossing
I saw my friends on foot
descending into the darkness
the pain and the terror

though pulsing with life
surrounded by death
right left
on their way

ascending to heaven
each one hanging on
to a colorful balloon
with their top hats

—it is a foreigner's obligation
to fully comply with the city—

at the crossing I walk barefoot
sharing wine
with the homeless
before I take the corridor too
of the ascension.

Hat in hand

The Poet

Sotirios Pastakas (Larissa, Greece, 1954), poet. He studied Medicine in Rome and Psychiatry in Athens. He has published 18 poetry collections. It has been translated into 20 languages and has taken part in international poetry festivals (San Francisco, Sarajevo, Izmir, Rome, Naples, Siena, Cairo, Istanbul, Medellin, Caracas ecc.). Four poetry collections (Corpo a corpo, Jorge, Monte Egaleo, Isola di Chios) are published in Italy, where he won the NordSud Prize in 2016, one in the USA (Food Line), and one in Spain (Cuerpo a cuerpo). In 2019 he donated his library to the Municipal Library of Rapsani. He is a member since 1994 of the Greek Writers' Society and since 2021 National Coordinator of the World Poetry Movement (WPM) for Greece.

Tassoula Tsilimeni, Greece
Sotiris Lycourghiotis, Greece


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