The HFC is representing Greece at the Frankfurt Book Fair, October 9-12. This is a new endeavor for the HFC, since the recent merger of EKEVI and HFC, and the experience and dedication of the EKEVI staff has been invaluable. The stand is designed by Beetroot, and we present the following program under the headline Greece – Books and Ideas:
On October 3-5, the HFC hosted a children’s book festival in the beautiful garden of the Athens headquarters. Children big and small enjoyed the books, music and stories under the tree. This event was a lead-in to the 66th International Book Fair in Frankfurt (October 8-12), where the HFC will be representing Greece.
The festival had music, story-telling and an exhibition of children’s books. Invitations were extended to schools and the general public. The response was enthusiastic and we hope to host other events in the garden in future.
The mission of the HFC is to facilitate engagement with Greek culture abroad.
Greek culture has an unusual depth and breadth, spanning several millennia, with the language and literature serving as carriers from one epoch to the next, and a vast geographical area due to settlement, trade and cultural influence. In more recent times, the emigration of large numbers of Greeks to the Americas, Australia and Africa has expanded the reach of Greek language and tradition further.
Greek culture has produced ideas, stories and images that are reflected in diverse cultures around the world at different times in history, from the way the image of the Buddha came to be sculpted to the writing of the US Constitution. Our goal is to sustain that vibrant dialogue of Greek culture, which continues to find dynamic expression today, with the rest of the world.
We aim to function as a hub for Greek culture addressed to all those outside of Greece – students, artists, past or future visitors to Greece and Greek cultural sites elsewhere, diaspora Greeks – interested in some aspect of Greek culture.
We maintain satellite offices in various cities around the world. The satellites organize cultural events locally and support the teaching of Modern Greek, either through direct teaching or through proficiency certification.
We actively seek partnerships with cultural institutions both in Greece and abroad and work to publicize and support Greek cultural events taking place around the world.
“… people are called Greeks because they share in our education, not in our birth.”
“… καὶ μᾶλλον Ἕλληνας καλεῖσθαι τοὺς τῆς παιδεύσεως τῆς ἡμετέρας ἢ τοὺς τῆς κοινῆς φύσεως μετέχοντας.”
Isocrates, 436-338 BC.