Thessalian Poetry Festival is an international five-day festival held in Larissa, Volos, Trikala, and Karditsa. Last year’s Festival included live readings by 88 poets (77 Greeks, 11 Internationals) and was attended by a total of about 500 people. It attracted the interest of all local media, but also some of Athens, and was organized under the auspices of the Embassy of Slovenia.
The Thessalian Poetry Festival started its course in 2013 when it was organized for the first time in Larissa, in the context of the celebration of World Poetry Day. A few days after the event, the online literary magazine “Thrace” was created, as well as the publications “Thraka”.
For 9 years, “Thraka” has been consistently organizing the Festival, while for the last four years the Deputy Mayor of Culture and Science of the Municipality of Larissa has been collaborating in its holding, with the support of the Region of Thessaly, the French Institute of Larissa, Museums, Embassies and many other bodies. Since last year, the Festival has been supported by the Municipalities of Karditsa and Trikala, while this year it will also be supported by the Municipality of Limni Plastira. From the date of the first event, in 2013, until today, it has grown organically, expanding its actions, collaborations, events, and its audience, beyond the borders of Thessaly and Greece.
In this course, the Festival expands every year in duration, quality, and content. It started as one day (1st), then became two days (2nd 3rd 4th), then four days and for the last four years, it lasts 5 to 7 days. In terms of content, the Festival is enriched every year with poetry evenings, performances. It is also important that it opened very quickly beyond the local level since every year tributes are made to an honored city or region, from which poets are invited to the Festival. Such areas were Drama, Kavala, Western Macedonia, Peloponnese, Aegean islands, etc. In the last three years, the festival became international, as European and American poets participated and the honored areas became European countries.
At the same time, it is worth noting that the event, as an institution, works in support of both the tourist promotion of Thessaly and the local economy as it involves a large number of businesses and professionals, such as hotels, restaurants, photographers, graphic designers, designers, journalists, translators, etc.
Now the Panthessalian Poetry Festival is called by the media of Thessaly but also by the citizens of Larissa “the Poetry Festival” and we are happy about that.