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”

Patras World Poetry Festival 2020 ONLINE Event

Patras World Poetry Festival 2020 ONLINE Event

Patras World Poetry Festival 2020


10th – 13th December 2020

60 poets from 16 countries at the biggest poetry meeting in Patras

Starting next Thursday the 10th of December the 3rd Patras World Poetry Festival will take place, this time hosting "online" 60 Greek and foreign poets from 16 countries of the world and claims the Aegis of the President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

England, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Canada, Australia, India, Bangladesh, Egypt, Cyprus and Greece are the countries representatives that are taking part in the online events of the festival. All events will be broadcasted to the audience live through the digital literarywebsite from the 10th until the 13th of December between the hours of 11:30-14:00 & 19:00-21:30.

The 3rd Patras World Poetry Festival 2020 is being held by the Poetry Foundation "Grafeion Poiiseos", the literary website Culture Book in cooperation with Region of Western Greece. Supporters of the event are the University of Western Macedonia, the University of Patras, the Open Greek University, the European University of Cyprus, the Greek Library of London, as well as the Local Union of Municipalities Achaia, the Chamber of Achaia, the Patra Port Authority and the Kalavryta Municipality.

During these four-day online event will take part in total 6 poetry meetings and the nomination of the Greek Poetry Awards "Jean Moréas" 2020.

The first three days will be focused on the poems of the Greek poets, whereas on Saturday and Sunday morning the meeting will be dedicated on the foreign participants. Every meeting will form a theme "round table" around which the fellow participants will have the chance to discuss and exchange thoughts in matters that concern their art and the role that poetry plays in our every day life. The subjects that will be discussed are:

  • 1." The therapeutic performance of poetry in education."
  • 2."Integrations and deviations of generations in poetry."
  • 3."The role and dynamic of Patras World Poetry Festival."
  • 4."National poets and the current effect of their work."
  • 5."Influences, intertextuality and plagiarism."

Analytic schedule of the event has been published on the festival's website

The nomination of the Greek Poetry Awards "Jean Moréas" 2020 will take place on Saturday 12th of December at 19:00, where the following awards will be given:

  • 1.Award for best Poetry Collection 2019
  • 2.Award for Newcomer Poet 2019
  • 3.Jean Moréas Award
  • 4.Honor Prize Award "Kostis Palamas"
  • 5.Award for the promotion of Greek literature

Patras International Poetry Festival is one of the biggest literature institutions in Greece and has already been differentiated among distinguish Festivals in the world. Its vision is to project Greek literature internationally and to turn the capital of Western Greece into an European literature center. Through its operations it converses with all areas of Greek Studies worldwide and records the contemporary poetry production. Every year it hosts in Patras important names of world literature offering also a rich programme of events.

Organizing committee:

Skiathas D. Antonis, President of the Poetry Fountation "Grafeion Poiiseos"

Kotopoulos H. Triantafyllos, President of the "Patras World Poetry Festival"

Alaniadi Maria, Event Manager of the "Patras World Poetry Festival"


Antonis Skiathas, 693 114 5170,

Maria Alaniadi, 6942 012292,

Poetry Fountation "Grafeion Poiiseos",

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