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”

Yannis Stefanakis,Greece


 Σώμα μου

Οι σειρήνες το είναι μου
θα αφήσω να πλανέψουν
αφού τον Οδυσσέα δεν μπόρεσαν
δεμένος καθώς στο κατάρτι του κόσμου

Πλάνητας· του κόσμου ταξιδευτής
με το μυαλό που δεν λέει να
ποτέ να κοιμηθεί
και καθώς το φιλί της μάνας δεν μου έλειψε
το φιλί θα δεχτώ της ζωής· το φιλί
το δικό σου
κι ύστερα στους σκώληκες που με καλούν
θ' αφεθώ

Αλλά θα τους παρακαλέσω
την καρδιά μου να προσέξουν
έτσι πολύπαθη όπως είναι


I will let the Sirens
seduce my being
since they have failed to do so
with Odysseus
tied as he was on the world's mast

A wanderer, a cosmic traveler
with a mind that
never falls asleep

And while I never had to go
without my mother's kiss
I will take the kiss of life
from your lips
and then let myself
to the worms' call

I will only ask them
to be gentle with my heart
storm-tossed as it is

translated: by Maria Nikoli

ΙΟΥΛΙΟΣ ΜΗΝΑΣ κι ο χρόνος περνά

Θα πρέπει ευτυχείς να είμεθα που
μας δόθηκε κι αυτός ο μήνας,
κι αυτός ο χρόνος
σαν δώρο και ευλογία
με τη φωτιά τής γνώσης
να καίει τις επιθυμίες μας
κι εμείς ήρεμοι να δεχόμαστε
το πεπρωμένο
έτσι όπως το φως που δεν μπορεί
να αποφύγει το σκοτάδι
όπως η ζωή το θάνατο

Συχνά ονειρευόμουν μια μεγάλη σκάλα
όχι για ανέβω στον ουρανό
αλλά για να κατέβω όταν
θα χαθώ στο μπλε

Αν και πάντα φοβόμουν τις κατηφόρες

THE MONTH Of JULY and time goes by

We ought to be content that
we were given this month too,
and this year
as a gift and as a blessing
while the fire of knowledge
burns our desires
and we calmly accept destiny
just as light cannot
avoid darkness
nor life death

I've often dreamt of a big ladder
not to climp up to the sky
but to get down from it
when I find myself lost in blue

Although I've always been afraid of slopes

translated: by Maria Nikoli

The Poet

Ο Γιάννης Στεφανάκης γεννήθηκε στη Γρηγοριά Ηρακλείου Κρήτης το 1951. Σπούδασε στην Ανώτατη Σχολή Καλών Τεχνών της Αθήνας. Έχει παρουσιάσει τη δουλειά του σε πολλές ατομικές και ομαδικές εκθέσεις στην Ελλάδα και το εξωτερικό, όπου και έχει βραβευτεί. Εκδίδει το περιοδικό «Νέο Επίπεδο», το οποίο το 2018 έλαβε κρατικό βραβείο, καθώς και το συλλεκτικό «Τεχνοπαίγνιον». Επίσης, εκδίδει συλλεκτικές χειροποίητες εκδόσεις για την ποίηση σημαντικών Ελλήνων ποιητών. Έχουν εκδοθεί τέσσερις ποιητικές συλλογές του. Έργα του βρίσκονται σε δημόσιες και ιδιωτικές συλλογές στην Ελλάδα και στο εξωτερικό. Το 2020 η ταινία του «Ο τροχός» (video animation) έλαβε το δεύτερο βραβείο στο animfest της Αθήνας και « Η στιγμή» το 2019 έλαβε ειδική μνεία.

Ζει και εργάζεται στην Αθήνα και την Αίγινα.

Yannis Stefanakis was born in Grigoria of Herakleion, Crete in 1951. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts. He has presented his work in many solo and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad, where he has been awarded. He publishes the "Neo Epipedo" magazine, which in 2018 received a state award, as well as the collector's item "Technopaignion". He also publishes collector's handmade editions on the poetry of important greek poets. Four of his own poetry collections have been published. His work can be found in public and private collections in Greece and abroad.
In 2020 his film "The Wheel" (video animation) received the second prize at the Athens animfest and "The Moment" in 2019 received a special mention.

He lives and works in Athens and Aegina.

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