The US Embassy in Greece is organizing a year-long campaign to commemorate Greece’s Bicentennial. The campaign will include educational and cultural events across Greece that will highlight the two countries’ historic relationship and the ties that bind them: democracy, partnership, and shared values.
The “USA & Greece: Celebrating 200 Years of Friendship” programs are designed to convey U.S respect for ancient Greek ideals of democracy and highlight the role American Philhellenes played in Greece’s fight to establish their country.
The list includes:
- Virtual Entrepreneurship Project “Connect the Dots”: a virtual entrepreneurship mentoring program conducted in partnership with The Hellenic Initiative (THI), this program will provide online mentorship by U.S. business leaders to Greek entrepreneurs. This program is placed under the auspices of the “Greece 2021” Committee.
- Athens Science Festival 2021 – 200 Years of Innovation: an experiential space will be created, comprising multiple exhibits that refer to the historical anniversary and the evolution of the Greek state, highlighting areas of shared scientific excellence with the U.S. and featuring prominent American speakers. This program is placed under the auspices of the “Greece 2021” Committee.
- Greek National Opera, Stavros Niarchos Hall: the Greek National Opera will present two special musical performances of works reflecting the shared values of the U.S. and Greece.
- The “American Philhellenism” Exhibition at the Museum of Philhellenism: a special exhibition entitled “The American Philhellenism” at the Museum of Philhellenism in Athens, featuring unique artifacts and historical documents capturing the birth and evolution of Philhellenism, U.S. support for the Greek Revolution, and the impact of Greek culture on the values, institutions, artistic and architectural expressions in the U.S.
- Exhibition “The Free and the Brave: American Philhellenes and the Glorious Struggle of the Greeks (1776-1866):” at the Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, this will be an exhibition exploring the movement of Philhellenism that flourished in the U.S. in the 19th Century, influenced by Greek classical thought and democratic ideals.
- American Studies: scholarships towards the establishment of an American Studies curriculum at a Greek university.
- “Greek Fire:” a seminar at the Delphi Economic Forum and online report on the lasting impact that the Greek Revolution has had on American culture and politics.
- City of Sparta: Sparta will host a conference on American Philhellenes and conduct a range of programs throughout 2021 to commemorate the bicentennial.
- U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki: the creation of an exhibit that chronicles the history of the Consulate General and the U.S. presence in Thessaloniki.
- UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture: an original work entitled “Makriyannis Unplugged” performed by Yorgos Karamihos at Cotsen Hall in the Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies at Athens
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— U.S. Embassy Athens (@USEmbassyAthens) February 3, 2021
“Our friendship began during Greece’s war for independence and Greece’s 2021 bicentennial is an opportunity to celebrate this history and the values of liberty and democracy our peoples have defended for over 200 years” U.S. Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt, told the Greek national broadcaster ERT.
The “USA & Greece: Celebrating 200 Years of Friendship” will also celebrate the commitment of the two countries to the present-day strategic partnership.