Crete International Poetry Festival

The Crete International Poetry Festival is back after the pandemic in the cities of Heraklion and Rethymnon with 15 important Greek and foreign poets from 12 countries. The main goal is the promotion of Greek culture, emphasizing on the cultural heritage of Crete, especially this year, which marks the 100th anniversary of the Asia Minor Catastrophe, a very important anniversary for our country.

The participants are the General Secretary of the Presidency of the Greek Democracy Vassilis Papadopoulos, the advisor to the former President of the United States Barack Obama Christopher Merrill , the former President of European Writers Union Jochen Kelter , the astonishing Maria Laina, the brilliant Dimitris Daskalopoulos, the distinguished Latin American José Luis Diaz Granados, the bold and pioneer Brabe Mozetic , the talented young Turk Efe Duyan, the alternative Latvian Madara Gruntmane, the important Greek Anastasis Vistonitis , the rising Spanish Raquel Lanseros , the award-winning Israeli Amir Or, the versatile Philip Meersman , the multinational Andre Naffis - Sahely and the great Italian Paolo Ruffilli.

The opening event of the festival will take place in Heraklion, on Wednesday 18 May 2022. The festival’s program includes theatrical acts, cinema nights, readings by Cretan poets, a tribute to the 100 years of the Asia Minor Catastrophe and lectures by distinguished guests.  

All events are open to the public with free participation.

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