3-Day Festival of Greek and Egyptian Poetry, June 11-13
HFC–Alexandria, the Arts Center Kasr al-Tazaouk, and the Greek Cultural Center in Cairo
with the support of Ministry of Culture of Egypt.
The program is as follows, all events starting at 19:00:
HFC–Trieste invites you to the musical event and talk: A Poetic Journey from the Greek to the Universal. There will be a talk by Glauco Ciammaichella, followed by poems of Cavafy set to music and performed by Irene Brigitte (voice) and Giovanni Settimo (guitar).
Wednesday, 22 April, at 17:00 in the auditorium of the J.Stellini High School, Piazza 1 Maggio, 26, Udine.
HFC–Nicosia presents the talk: Who Is Cavafy? Exploring an Enigma, by Dimitris Dimipoulis, Professor at Panteion University.
February 16, 19:00, at the cultural center of the National Bank of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios III Avenue, Nicosia.
The spread of literacy and education among the urban population of Crete, the organized network of the book trade (most books at this time were printed in Venice), the availability of the cultural goods of western Europe and the growth of private libraries, particularly those built up by the wealthy bourgeoisie and nobility who had studied in Italy (primarily Padua and Ferrara), were the key components of the cultural and intellectual life of Crete from the mid sixteenth century onwards.
The foundation of a number of academies (The Academy of the Vivi in Rethymnon in 1561, of the Stravaganti in Candia in 1590, and of the Sterili in Chania in c. 1630) based on Italian models was the result of the Cretans’ first-hand experience of the cultural and intellectual life of Italian cities and their desire to recreate something of this life in their homeland. During the last century of Venetian rule in Crete the society of the island attained a confidence and maturity such it had never seen before. Continue reading Erotokritos→
Constantine P. Cavafy (Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis, or Καβαφης) is a leading figure in 20th century Greek literature. He was born in Alexandria on 29 April 1863, into a wealthy merchant family from Constantinople. After the early death of his father, Peter John Cavafy, in 1872, Cavafy was brought to England and lived in Liverpool for five years. But, apart from three years in Constantinople, from 1882 to 1885, he spent the rest of his life in Alexandria.