Apr 27 - 29 2018


72 Salaminos str.
104 35 Athens

curation: Fil Ieropoulos

Is it a game? Is it a poem? Is it a song? Pokemon Poetry is a cross-media project that began
in 2012 by poet and researcher Foivos Dousos, who wrote a small collection of poems, providing an answer to the question of a traditionalist Greek poet whether “the generation of pokemon kids can write poetry.” The thematic of pokemon poetry in the context of #TextMe_Lab will last three days and consist of three events: On the first day of the event, poems on pokemon characters will be read by a series of new poets and performers of the Athenian scene. On the second day of the event, Foivos Dousos will organise a poetry treasure hunt in the streets of Athens using the augmented reality application, Echoes. On the last day, mezzo-soprano Ioanna Forti and pianist Alexandros Drosos will present a series of songs on pokemon, an act which was first showcased at Sound Acts identity and performance festival in 2015.

PokemonPoetry is the first event of #TextMe_Lab. The Lab aspires to transform ATOPOS space into a research centre with a series of lectures, discussions, workshops, performances and small exhibitions. All events focus on hybrid languages arising at the intersection of text and other artistic media. Programming themes include: 20th century visual poetry, spoken word performance, the relation between poetry and sound art, and contemporary linguistic phenomena, such as internet pop-culture and new media, and the relation between words and screens.


27 April, 19:00-21:00 – Pokemon Poetry Slam, Ten young poets read Pokemon Poems. Personal stories, video game memories, childhood traumas and other poetic questions emerge. Participants: Margarita Athanasiou, Giannis Galiatsos, Nikos Georgiou, Charis Zofos, Katerina, Panos Koutoulias, George Miliarakis, Manos Bazanis, Anatoli Sofra, Kangela Tromokratisch (GR)

28 April, 12:00-16:00 – Pokemon Poetry Go, Workshop and a poetic treasure hunt around central Athens (GR)

29 April, 19:00-21:00 – Pokemon Poetry, a Song Cycle for Mezzo-soprano and Piano, Live (GR)

Entrance Free


Hospitality Sponsors

Supporting Creativity

With the support of
Athens Culture Net
Founding donor Stavros Niarchos Foundation

As part of
Athens 2018 World Book Capital