Ποιειν Και Πραττειν - create and do






                               Voters on January 25th 2015

                                             at school corner Lycabettou/Skoufa





What to expect as outcome of the election which took place on January 25, 2015?

Strong images


Strong images

If I could only rip apart those rocks

against which lean the winds of the seas;

they come and go at free will, but chained

to them is the magic projection of Camus' Sisyphus

as if we live only now and then in virtual worlds

reflecting how our imagination can stretch out

like the hand of the hungry beggar for some food.

If I could only cry out loud, but am nearly drowned in silence,

the injustices in the world are like the waves created by

the large boats cutting through the water and ignoring

whatever small sized vessel might be close by, in the way,

so like the blind man I do not see far, only hear

the sounds the winds make along the shores of the island

on which I have been stranded for years by now, by now.

Dusk writes with a pen the things to be remembered

for tomorrow will be another rough day with many tasks

left incomplete since most of the people have left the city

in preference for another way of life, and in being abandoned,

I walk alone through empty streets and hear only my footsteps

like the lost sounds of by-gone times curling now around lamp posts

as if paper wishing not to be carried away by the winds, the winds.

Step by step I scale the stairs till up at the top I find an answer

to what I have been searching for all along. It is the news of elections

in a far away land near the Aegean sea which has undertaken it

to try a different way while leaving uncertain what shall be questioned first.

Metallic is the sound of change when women hit on their pots out of protest.

It is no longer just the winds which are making the sounds of change.

Swept along the streets are now newspapers screaming out the news of today.

Faded into history are shades of those days when it was not a becoming to exist.

Time and again, news are a reminder of the precarious nature of life itself.

Swept along are also the memories which flow down the stairs like wine.

Hatto Fischer 24.1.2015

 Έντονες Εικόνες

Αν μπορούσα μονάχα να σχίσω τους βράχους

που πάνω τους ακουμπούν οι θαλασσινοί αέριδες·

εκείνοι πηγαινοέρχονται ελεύθερα, αλλά αλυσοδεμένη

πάνω τους είναι η μαγική προβολή του Σίσυφου του Καμύ

σαν να ζούμε μόνο τώρα· αργότερα θα ζούμε σε ουσιαστικούς κόσμους

και θα καθρεφτίζεται η φαντασία μας όταν τεντώνεται

όπως το χέρι του πεινασμένου ζητιάνου για λίγο ψωμί.


Αχ να μπορούσα να φωνάξω, αλλά έχω σχεδόν πνιγεί στη σιωπή,

οι αδικίες σ’ αυτόν τον κόσμο είναι σαν τα κύματα

που σηκώνουν τα μεγάλα πλοία όταν σχίζουν τα νερά κι αδιαφορούν

αν κάποιο μικρό σκάφος βρεθεί στο δρόμο τους,

έτσι κι εγώ, σα νάμουνα τυφλός δεν βλέπω μακριά, μόνο ακούω

τους αέριδες που πνέουν στις παραλίες του νησιού

που σ’ αυτό έχω αράξει χρόνια τώρα, χρόνια.


Το δειλινό γράφει με πένα αυτά που πρέπει να θυμώμαστε

γιατί αύριο θάναι άλλη μια δύσκολη μέρα με πολλά έργα

που ποτέ δεν περατώθηκαν αφού οι περισσότεροι κάτοικοι άφησαν την πόλη

γιατί προτίμησαν έναν άλλο τρόπο ζωής· με εγκατέλειψαν,

μόνος περπατώ στους άδειους δρόμους κι ακούω μόνο τα βήματά μου

όπως οι χαμένοι ήχοι περασμένων καιρών που τυλίγονται τώρα γύρω απ’ του δρόμου τα φανάρια

σα νάταν χαρτί που δεν ήθελε να το πάρουν οι αέριδες, οι αέριδες.


Βήμα-βήμα σκαρφαλώνω τις σκάλες ώσπου στην κορφή να βρω μιαν απάντηση

σ’ αυτό που πάντα έψαχνα. Είναι τα νέα για εκλογές

σε μια μακρινή χώρα κοντά στο Αιγαίο πέλαγος, που αποφάσισε έτσι

να δοκιμάσει κάτι το διαφορετικό, ενώ αφήνει αναπάντητες επείγουσες ερωτήσεις.

Μεταλλικός είναι ο ήχος της αλλαγής όταν οι γυναίκες διαμαρτύρονται χτυπώντας τις κατσαρόλες τους.

Δεν είναι πια μόνο οι αέριδες που φυσούν την αλλαγή.

Στους δρόμους τώρα οι εφημερίδες ουρλιάζουν τα σημερινά νέα.

Έχουν σβήσει μες στην ιστορία οι σκιές από τις ημέρες εκείνες όταν δεν ήταν σωστό να υπάρχεις.

Ξανά και ξανά τα νέα θυμίζουν την επικίνδυνη φύση της ίδιας της ζωής.

Σαρώθηκαν και οι αναμνήσεις που κατρακυλάνε τα σκαλιά σαν το κρασί.

Hatto Fischer, 24.1.2015

μετάφραση από τα Αγγλικά: Κατερίνα Αγγελάκη-Ρούκ.



The EU has designated 2015 to be the "Year to Development", and which Spyros Mercouris interpreted into a proposal to observe the 30th anniversary of European Capitals of Culture (1985 - 2015) with a special symposium at the Zappeion, June 22 and 23, 2015. It will be organized jointly by the Foreign Ministry of Greece and the Greek Ministry of Culture.


European Capitals of Culture

Current ECoCs

Mons 2015

Pilsen 2015

Riga 2014

"Culture is that undeniable and irresistible force, which is able to direct changes into a positive stream, turning fear into a challenge and a venturous joy, and uncertainty – into trust in the creative spirit." - key slogan of Riga for that decisive year.

For official information: http://riga2014.org/en/

Umeå 2014

Official website: http://www.umea2014.se/inenglish

Umea will also host the next conference of the University Network come October 2014.

Europe connected through the arts and cultures

When thinking about how Europe is connected through culture, it became a practical question as to what contributions European Capitals of Culture have made so far to bringing about a 'cultural synthesis' capable of energizing artists to do outstanding works of art. To trace possible links and follow-ups between past, present and future ECoCs, there has been started a research project to examine the various linkages within given and still better to be formulate categories of the arts. See archive of European Capitals of Culture 



Future ECoCs

San Sebastian 2016 and Wroclaw 2016

Aarhus 2017 and Paphos 2017

Valletta 2018


and Leeuwarden 2018 in Holland

Matera 2019 in Italy. The city will join the previous Italian cities which were European Capitals of Culture: Florenz 1986, Bologna 2000 and Genoa 2004.

Plovdiv 2019 in Bulgaria.

2020 Ireland and Croatia

2021 Greece and Rumania

Candidate cities



Learning out of previous experiences - what is deemed to be a success story?

How candidate cities learn out of previous experiences made by other ECoC cities, this can be studied onhand of what these cities identify as factors which have contributed to making this project into a success stories. Largely the cultural impact is described in non cultural terms, see



Kistrech Poetry Festival in Kenya will commence on 5th to 10th August 2015. Get the details on: 2015.festival.kistrech.org


Some of the poets who will participate include: Prof. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley (USA), Prof. Opal Palmer Adisa (US Virgin Islands), Prof. Sukrita Paul Kumar (India),  Dr. d'Abdon Raphael (Italy),  Rosemarie Wilson (USA), Cher Corbin (Barbados), Erling Kittelsen (Norway), Tendai Maduwa (Zimbabwe), Godspower Oboido (Nigeria),  ten spoken-word poets from South Africa, Poets from Kenya, Student-poets from Kenya.
Christopher Okemwa (Director)
2nd Athens World Poetry Festival to be held in Athens between September 21 and 27, 2015


Contribution by poetryindia - April 28, 2015

There are more than 20 State languages in India. The Poems forwarded are classified into "Gujarati" and "Others." Introductions to the Poetry of Gujarati and Tamil, two of the major Indian languages, are also included.

Udayan Thakker
Editor, poetryindia.com





   Cornelius Castoriadis





Kids' Guernica - Guernica Youth

Plans for 2015

To prepare the exhibition in Wroclaw 2016, there shall be held a Kids' Guernica - Guernica Youth meeting in Berlin, May 15-16, 2015

For the first mural painted in Wroclaw, see


In Tripoli, Lebanon youth along with three children painted a mural with the significant title: To remember we need to forget. The mural was painted in commeration of the bombings of two mosques in Tripoli 2013. They developed a very rich symbolic language out of a strong longing for peace.

Kids' Guernica - Guernica Youth action took place in the local community of Zabbar / Malta 2014 under the guidance of Gertrude Spiteri and Paul Dalli together with Hatto Fischer .

Gerold Schuman in Ecouen initiated an action in "parc naturel duVexin" in March/April 2015 with the murals painted in commeration of the First World War. See Mémoire(s) de la Grande Guerre 2015

Alexandra Zanne completed her documentary film of the mural action 'Seeds of Peace' or in French Graines de paix 2014 done with children battling with their bodies due to epileptic attacks. See https://vimeo.com/114130300

The first mural painted in Togo, Africa thanks to the initiative of Christa Klenbub-Dunkl and Rainer Rene Mueller.

Greece after the election in January

            has become a plane

        flying through one turbulence  after        another,     

                 and the outcome still uncertain.



The question constantly posed, but likewise denied is the prospect of Greece  being forced to leave the Eurozone with all the unknown consequences.

Another alternative is a simple prescription also found on the wall in the streets of Athens.

A demand for beer and weed by those who see no way out.


Conferences 2015

Next museum conference:

14 May Poetry Workshop in Wroclaw: "Bridge of Redemption / Vineyard / Valley of Vine Trees"

15 - 16 May Meeting of Kids' Guernica - Guernica Youth in Wroclaw

16 - 18 June Symposium "Reading Architecture," organized by McGill University. Place: Benaki Museum, Vas. Sofias in Athens. Abstracts are due by Jan. 15th.

18 - 20 June Mons Meeting of Les Rencontres about "Virtual Culture, Real Responsibilities: Which concrete applications today?" or "Does Europe have still a cultural ambition."
Les Rencontres European Association of cities and regions for Cultureinfo@lesrencontres.eu 165, Boulevard de la Liberté 59000 Lille - France +33 (0)3 20 85 14 15 www.lesrencontres.eu

22 - 23 June 30th anniversary of European Capitals of Culture at Zappeion in Athens hosted by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and coordinated by Spyros Mercouris

1 - 6 September "The need for a constructive dialogue between people and cultures and the Olympic Idea" in Ancient Olympia

18 - 21 October
7th World Summit on Arts and Culture
IFACCA and Arts Council in Valletta, Malta

22 - 23 October
Mapping Culture II: Debating Cultural Spaces and Places  

2nd Annual Valletta 2018 Foundation International Conference on Cultural Relations in Europe and the Mediterranean
in Valletta, Malta


Publications by POIEIN KAI PRATTEIN 
Catalogue "Imperishable Water", 2012 with Haroula Hadjinicilou, Anna Arvanitaki, Hatto Fischer (ed.), Athens ISBN 978-618-80160-0-2
Hatto Fischer: The poem 'Destiny still flows' by Katerina Anghelaki Rooke
- this concerns a discussion of the poem which inspired the action on Rhodes last year
"Nation and Identity" by Kreisau-Initiative, with introduction by Hatto Fischer is crucial for answering the question whether or not Patriotism is an alternative to Nationalism. Youth met first in Kreisau, Poland and were inspired by this example set by the Kreisau Circle which went into resistance against Hitler on the basis of a non discriminatory approach for the day after Hitler fell.
Article by Anna Arvanitaki and Haroula Hadjinicolaou, "Action on Rhodes" in Journal "Nissides" (small islands). Rhodos, Vol. 9, 2012

Poiein kai Prattein is member of the Mediterranean Directory organized by the 
René Seydoux Foundation
Mediterranean Directory

Cultural Calendar for 2015

"Depression Era - photos of Greek crisis" - http://www.depressionera.gr/

photo exhibition at Benaki http://www.benaki.gr/index.asp?lang=en&id=202020001&sid=1519

TEMPUS RITUALIS - exhibition about the Greek crisis by Christine Nippe and Dorothee Bienert in the Gallery at 'Körnerpark', Schierkerstreet 8, 12051 Berlin until 25.01.2015    http://tempusritualis.weebly.com/

21 March Day of Poetry http://www.un.org/en/events/poetryday/

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) 2015 begins in the evening of Wednesday, April 15 and ends in the evening of Thursday, April 16
"THE BRIDGE as atonement to peace" Poetry Workshop by Hatto Fischer together with Kamila Kaminska in Wroclaw May 14 - 16


21 - 27 September 2nd Athens World Poetry Festival to be held in Athens

Oct. 23 Deadline for submission of bid book by candidate cities in Greece for the ECoC title in 2021


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