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”

Yannis Stefanakis, Greece

Yannis Stefanakis, Greece

Yannis Stefanakis, Greece

 IN THE MIDDLE OF THE THRESHING FLOOR

 THE INSIGNIFICANCE

The Poems


IN THE MIDDLE OF
THE THRESHING FLOOR


In the middle of the threshing floor
with straws on my bare feet
eight years old looking at the sky;
tripping the stars,
looking at them, counting them
loosing count, starting all over again

Ι thought if I stretched my hand
in my palms
eternal light; I could hold them litt,
to share, to give
to you who is me and I do not know it;
to the next person who is the other
without knowing it

But the years have gone by; the stars
perpetually moving
nailed always in their place
have become so distant;
they fade behind hazy clouds
and buildings surpassing
the human measure

Today children are not familiar
with the straws
nor do they look at the sky

And you; have become a star on a distant dome


(Translated: by Maria Nikoli)


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ΚΑΤΑΜΕΣΗΣ ΤΟΥ ΑΛΩΝΙΟΥ

Καταμεσής του αλωνιού
με τ' άχυρα στα πόδια τα γυμνά
οκταετής τον ουρανό κοιτούσα·
στ' αστέρια έβαζα τρικλοποδιά,
να τα κοιτώ να τα μετρώ
κι όλο τα έχανα, και φτου απ' την αρχή

πίστευα πως το χέρι αν άπλωνα
μες στις παλάμες μου
φως παντοτινό· θα τα κρατούσα αναμμένα,
να μοίραζα να έδινα
σε σένα που είμαι εγώ και δεν το ξέρω·
στον διπλανό που είναι ο άλλος
χωρίς να το γνωρίζει

Μα παρήλθον οι χρόνοι· τ΄ αστέρια
κινούμενα αενάως
καρφωμένα πάντα στη θέση τους
φαντάζουν μακρινά·
σβήνουν πίσω από σύννεφα θολά
και κτίρια που ξεπερνούν·
το μέτρο του ανθρώπου

Σήμερα τα παιδιά τ' άχυρα δεν γνωρίζουν
ούτε τον ουρανό κοιτούν

Κι εσύ· αστέρι έγινες σε θόλο μακρινό


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THE INSIGNIFICANCE

The pebbles on the beach
of Katalyki
plain and not at all artistic
bear shapes and
patterns of ages

So plain they unwittingly
stress our insignificance


(Translated: by Maria Nikoli)


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H ΑΣΗΜΑΝΤΌΤΗΤΑ

Τα βότσαλα στην παραλία
της Καταλυκής
απλά και διόλου περίτεχνα
φέρουν σχήματα και
σχέδια αιώνων

Τόσο απλά που άγνωρα τους
τονίζουν την ασημαντότητα μας



The Poet

Yannis Stefanakis was born in Grigoria of Herakleion, Crete. He studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts. He has presented his work in many solo and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. He has receive many awards. He publishes the magazine for literature and visual arts "Neo Epipedo" as well as the collectible magazine "Technopaignion".He also publishes collectible handmade poetry editions 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.

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Ο Γιάννης Στεφανάκις Γεννήθηκε στο Ηράκλειο Κρήτης το 1951. Σπούδασε στην Ανώτατη Σχολή Καλών Τεχνών της Αθήνας. Έχει κάνει πολλές εκθέσεις στην Ελλάδα και στο εξωτερικό και έχει βραβευτεί. Εκδίδει το περιοδικό για το λόγο και τα εικαστικά, Νέο Επίπεδο, και το συλλεκτικό Τεχνοπάιγνιον. Εκδίδει επίσης συλλεκτικά χειροποίητα βιβλία με ποίηση σπουδαίων Ελλήνων ποιητών. Έχει εκδώσει τέσσερις ποιητικές συλλογές και πολλά από τα εικαστικά του έργα βρίσκονται σε Μουσεία, Πινακοθήκες και σε πολλές ιδιωτικές συλλογές στην Ελλάδα και στο εξωτερικό.

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