1st International Poetry Festival of Chania: – Chania 5th and 6th September

Two days of bilingual events, poetry readings, creative workshops for adults and children, and photography exhibition.

The Chania International Poetry Group welcomes the prize-winning English poet and playwright Alyson Hallett and Greek poet/photographer Kyriakos Syfiltzoglou, and invites you to attend the 1st International Poetry Festival of Chania, including workshops for children and adults as well as a photography exhibition.

WHEN: 5th and 6th September 11.00 – 13.00 and 19.00 – 21.00
Photography exhibition: 2nd – 7th September  19.00 – 21.00

WHERE: Centre of Mediterranean Architecture (CAM),  Katechaki &Akti Tompasi 31, Venetian Harbour, Chania
Entry: free

The Festival brings the two poets into a creative dialogue over two days of bilingual events (English – Greek):
poetry readings, creative workshops for adults and children, and a parallel photography exhibition entitled ‘Possibility of blood’, by Kyriakos Syfiltzoglou.

Syfiltzoglou’s photographs explore the aesthetics of seemingly worthless materials transformed into poetic fossils through the gaze of the poet  in his pilgrimage through deserted houses of the area of Drama in northern Greece.


Thursday 5 Sept
11.00 – 13.00 Children’s creative workshop. Multilingual (English, French, German). All children welcome.
19.00 – 21.00 Readings and discussion by the two invited poets, Alyson Hallett and Kyriakos Syfiltzoglou, followed by reception sponsored by Manousakis wines and Cretan Brewery. Translations into Greek and English will be provided.

Friday 6 Sept
11.00-13.00 Poetry workshop for adults, given by Alyson Hallett. Open to everyone. Beginners and experienced poets alike. Come and enjoy new ideas and perspectives and being creative. (There will also be the possibility of 1:1 sessions with Alyson, contact Wendy Everett (chatophile@gmail.com)  for details.)
19.00-21.00 Readings by the Chania International Poetry Group, followed by Open Mic which is entirely multilingual. Everyone is welcome to take part.
5 and 6 Sept poetry festival Followed by a reception, as for previous evening.

 Exhibition of photographs by the Greek poet Kyriakos Syfiltzoglou,  related to his poems.
2nd – 7th September 19.00 -21.00

Organized by: Chania International Poetry Group: “We aim for a festival that is stimulating, inspiring, creative, and  – above all – enjoyable”.
Co-organized by: Municipality of Chania | KEPPEDIH-CAM

Source: Chania Poetry Group


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