We invite you to the 22nd World Congress of Poets that will take place from the 29th June to the 3rd July 2011, in Larissa, Greece. President of the Congress was elected the Greek poet, Dr. Dimitris P. Kraniotis, internal medicine specialist physician, academician and doctor of literature.
The World Congress of Poets (WCP) which will be held for the first time in Greece is conducted since 1969 in various countries around the world and is an internationally recognized cultural event. Held every two years by the United Poets Laureate International (UPLI), one of the major international poetic organisms, brings together poets from all around the world. The aim of the institution is to promote the "World Brotherhood and Peace through Poetry" without discriminations of race, religion and nationality.
The history of the Congress delegation in Greece began in the 20th World Congress of Poets, held on 13th– 17th June 2007, in the city of Montgomery, the capital of the state of Alabama, USA. At this congress, Dr. Dimitris P. Kraniotis was elected President of the 22nd World Congress of Poets 2011. The election of the Greek poet as President meant also the conduct of congress in Greece.
Dr. Dimitris P. Kraniotis who participated at the 21st World Congress of Poets, which was held on 16th -20th July 2009 in Managua, capital of Nicaragua, in his speech he suggested Larissa as the host city of the 22nd World Congress of Poets in 2011. The Board of Directors unanimously accepted the proposal and President of UPLI Dr. Benjamin R. Yuzon, announced Larissa as the World Capital of Poetry in 2011.
Larissa is located at the heart of continental Greece, having a dynamic economy and extremely vibrant population. According to archaeological evidence, the capital of Thessaly, Larissa, has been inhabited since the tenth millennium BCE. Today, Larissa is a major commercial and industrial centre in Greece. Legend reveals that Achilles was born here and Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, died here as well. Larissa has a Municipal Art Gallery – G. I. Katsigras Museum, well-known for its selection. It is full of places for entertainment, Larissa’s Ancient Theatre, Monument of Hippocrates, Larissa’s Archaeological Museum, Saint Achillius Church, Alkazar Park, Pineios River, etc. Near Larissa, there is an interesting diversity of sceneries with the mountain of ancient Greek Gods, Olympos, the Valley of Tempi, the beaches of Larissa (Stomio, etc), the mountain Meteora (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with the old Christian monasteries, etc.
We expect you to enjoy a high-quality meeting along with our wholehearted hospitality, and we hope that you will have the opportunity to spend some fruitful time with friends in a relaxing atmosphere.
With these thoughts we look forward to seeing you all in Larissa.
It will be a great honor for the Organizing Committee of the 22nd World Congress of Poets 2011 to attend and participate in this important cultural event, held in the heart of Greece, from the 29th June to the 3rd July 2011, in Larissa. The congress offers to the participants a rich social and recreational program that includes "1st Mediterranean Poetry Festival", traditional Greek night, visits to interesting sights in the Periphery of Thessaly, banquets with music and dancing, etc. We have also scheduled enough space for speeches and poetry reading.
We kindly request confirmation of your participation to the congress as soon as possible. Please also notice that you make your own airplane and hotel reservations.
We look forward to meeting you at the congress.
Οn behalf of Organizing Committee of 22nd WCP/UPLI
Dr. Dimitris P. Kraniotis
President of 22nd World Congress of Poets / UPLI
Fotini Gouma, treasurer of Thessaly Association of Letters and Arts
Evangelia Raptou, press officer of Thessaly Association of Letters and Arts
22nd World Congress of Poets
United Poets Laureate International
June 29 - July 3, 2011
President: Dr. Dimitris P. Kraniotis
Prefecture of Larissa
The official Proclamation of Presidency by UPLI Board of Directors to Dr. Dimitris P. Kraniotis as the President of the 22nd World Congress of Poets (Larissa, Greece 2011):
BE IT KNOWN TO THE CITIZENS OF THE WORLD:
The Board of Directors of United Poets Laureate International hereby resolves and proclaims that Dr. Dimitris P. Kraniotis is named official president of 22nd World Congress of Poets.
Hereby be it known to the nation and people of Greece that Dr. Dimitris P. Kraniotis has been honored with this distinguished title and position because of his acclaimed and renowned contributions to the glorious cause of poetry and because of the brilliant Greek cultural heritage through the ages.
Hereby resolved on 20 July, 2009, at Managua , Nicaragua , and attested to by the members of UPLI Board of Directors.
22nd WCP President Dimitris P. Kraniotis and UPLI President Benjamin R. Yuzon with the gift of Mayor of Larissa
22nd WCP President Dimitris P. Kraniotis "Distinguished Guest" (Huésped Distinguido) of the city Managua by Mayor of Managua Daysi Torres Bosques
22nd WCP President Dimitris P. Kraniotis and Minister of Culture of Nicaragua Luis Morales
22nd WCP President Dimitris P. Kraniotis: Award by Director for Political Strategegia of Sandinista Youth in Carazo Department Josue Velasquez Romero
22nd WCP President Dimitris P. Kraniotis and Mayor of Diriamba Bismark Perez
UPLI Executive Vice-President & 14th WCP President Wanda Rider, 22nd WCP President Dimitris P. Kraniotis and UPLI Vice-President & 15th WCP President Ronald Shafer
Photo: Prefect of Larissa and President of 22nd WCP/UPLI
After the meetings of the President of 22nd WCP/UPLI Dr. Dimitris P. Kraniotis with the Prefect of Larissa Mr. Loukas Katsaros and the Mayor of Larissa Mr. Konstantinos Tzanakoulis, the 22th World Congress of Poets was announced to be held in Larissa (Greece), in the second half of June 2011. Larissa is the 4th biggest city of Greece and the capital city of Thessaly in Central Greece.
The Prefect of Larissa Mr. Loukas Katsaros stated that: "We welcome the very honorary event of conducting the 22nd World Congress of Poets in our Prefecture, and we declare that we will work for its impeccable conduct. It is an occasion of promoting our Prefecture, Olympus, our history and tradition in world level. The international activity of Dimitris P. Kraniotis is very important for our Prefecture and I thank him personally for this".
Photo: Mayor of Larissa and President of 22nd WCP/UPLI
The Mayor of Larissa Mr. Konstantinos Tzanakoulis stated that: "The Municipality of Larissa will aid this very important cultural event that has world-wide character and which will promote the city of Larissa and the Prefecture all over the world. With the holding of the Mediterranean Games in 2013 and the "Cultural Mediterranean" of 2009 - 2013, the event takes on special extent for the supporting of our tourism which is one of the biggest bets for the games."
Dr. Dimitris P. Kraniotis, President of 22nd WCP/UPLI on Greek TV (Astra TV, News, 31 May 2009): www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMSVy3F_fr4
Articles (in Greece) about 22nd WCP / UPLI:
http://www.connecting.gr/news/xrhm/PREVIEW_newS.asp?news_data_id=181367&category_id=73 http://omada-anagnosis.blogspot.com/2009/06/2011.html http://www.greek-language.gr/greekLang/portal/blog/archive/2009/06/01/1848.html http://www.inews.gr/news/3/sti-larisa-to-pagkosmio-sinedrio-poiiton-to-2011.htm
Greek newspapers (in pdf ) about 22nd WCP / UPLI:
http://www.kosmoslarissa.gr/files/pdf/25-5-2009_p8.pdf (page 8)
http://www.kosmoslarissa.gr/files/pdf/27-5-2009_p8.pdf (page 8)
http://files.eleftheria.gr/pdf/%7B6A073733-9484-4367-9DDA-7EB7C4FB3499%7D_24-05-2009-FILO.pdf (page 27)
http://files.eleftheria.gr/pdf/%7B879CBD7E-9182-497D-B6A3-664E8A542216%7D_FYLLO-27-5.pdf (page 19)
Information about Larissa: