World Congress in Philosophy- “The Philosophy of Aristotle”.

2 July 2016

Ancient Stageira

On Saturday July 2, at 7 PM, the opening ceremony of the World Congress “The Philosophy of Aristotle” will take place in Aristotle’s birthplace, the ancient city of Stageira in Halkidiki, on the occasion of 2,400 years since the birth of the great Greek philosopher.

UNESCO has proclaimed 2016 as the Aristotle Anniversary Year, recognizing thus the impact of Aristotle’s thought on the whole world.

The program will include visual art exhibitions, theatrical and musical events in which all Departments of the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki will participate in cooperation with cultural groups of the Municipality of Aristotle.

The site of the Ancient Agora of Stageira, organized by the archaeologist Kostas Seismanidis, head of the excavation for more than 20 years, is considered a very hospitable archaeological site for events of high aesthetics while also protecting the integrity of the site.

The World Congress “The Philosophy of Aristotle” will take place in the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens, University Campus, Zografou, from July 9 to 15. Aristotle studied and taught in Athens at Plato’s Academy for nearly 20 years before founding his famous Lyceum. Plenary sessions of the congress will include, among other topics, Aristotle’s Ethics in the Global Era, and Aristotle’s Theory of Justice and its relevance today globally and in European politics.

A concert at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus of Athens, in the heart of Athens’ main archaeological sites,is planned for July 9. It will present the work for Symphony Orchestra «Αριστοτέλει χαίρειν» (“Aristotelei chairein”, which can be translated as “Greetings or Salute to Aristotle” but also “Rejoice in Aristotle”) by composer and conductor Eleftherios Kalkanis.

The opening ceremony in Stageira will be organized jointly by the Municipalities of Aristotle and Volvi and the Philosophical Societies of Greece and Cyprus.

Opening Ceremony at Ancient Stageira, Halkidiki, birthplace of Aristotle, on Saturday July 2, 2016.

Official Opening Ceremony at Odeon of Herodes Atticus of Athens on Saturday July 9, 2016.