2nd International Poetry Festival of Crete


18-21 May 2022 Heraklion – Rethymno Crete


The Crete International Festival of Poetry returns to the cities of Heraklion and Rethymno with 15 prominent Greek and foreign poets from 12 countries. Its main goal is the promotion of Greek culture, emphasizing on the local cultural heritage of Crete, especially this year, which marks the 100th anniversary from the Asia Minor Catastrophe, an important commemoration for our country.

In this year’s event, the participants represent some of the most important languages of the world: the General Secretary of the Presidency of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Vassilis Papadopoulos, the Counselor to the former USA President Barack Obama, poet Mr. Christopher Merrill, the President -for a decade- of the European Writers Union Mr. Jochen Kelter, the most important living poet of our country, Mrs. Maria Laina, the outstanding poet and researcher Mr. Dimitris Daskalopoulos, the distinguished Latin American poet Mr. José Luis Díaz Granados,  the daring pioneer Mr. Brane Mozetic, the brilliant new Turk Mr. Efe Duyan, the alternative poet of Latvia Mrs. Madara Gruntmane, one of the main representatives of the 70’s generation Mr. Anastasis Vistonitis, the emerging poet of Spain Mrs. Raquel Lanseros, the award-winning Israeli Mr. Amir Or, the manifold and active poet Mr. Philip Meersman and the multinational and highly talented Mr. Andre Naffis – Sahely.

The 2nd International Poetry Festival of Crete is organized by the cultural non-governmental organization and has a duration of four days.

During the festival, there will be visits to schools in Heraklion (6th Elementary and High School) and Rethymno (5th Elementary and 2nd Professional School), events at the University of Crete with the support of the Department of Literature, at “Antivaro” theater of Rethymno, in the historic village of Anogia with a tribute to the poetic value of ‘mantinada’ [traditional Cretan short poems of 2 15-syllable verses], to the monastery of Agia Irini highlighting the poetic dimension of Byzantine hymns and tours to the most important archaeological sites of Knossos and Eleftherna.

The main event of the Festival will take place at Heraklion on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at the garden of the Small Workshop, situated at 90, Irakli str, at 18.00pm, with recitations by foreign and local poets, presentations, and musical compositions.

The festival’s agenda also includes theatrical performances, film screenings, readings by Cretan poets, a tribute to the 100 years of the Asia Minor Catastrophe and lectures by distinguished guests.

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All events and visits are open to public for free.


Co-Organized by the Region of Crete