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C.P. Cavafy:The Poetics of History and the Music of Poetry

A series of illustrated presentations in English, by Bettany Hughes, Anastasios Ioannis Metaxas, Nikos Tsouchlos, Stefanos Geroulanos and Peter Mackridge followed by a concert with the first musical settings of Cavafy’s poetry by Dimitris Mitropoulos, with Angelica Cathariou and Thodoris Tzovanakis.

The event will be complemented by an exhibition of coins, posters and paintings related to the work of the Alexandrian poet, to mark the English edition of the book C.P. Cvafy:Historia Arcana – A Hidden History by Stefanos Geroulanos.

Under the auspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos


Welcome: Agatha Kalispera (Director, Hellenic Centre)
Introduction: Bettany Hughes (historian, author & broadcaster)

Sounds of the Hellenic world: Cavafy, time & history
Nikos Tsouchlos (Director, Athens Conservatoire; Ionian University, Corfu), Musical and poetic time

Anastasios-Ioannis Metaxas (University of Athens & Académie Européenne Interdisciplinaire des Sciences, Paris), The exotic refuge in Cavafy’s poetry

Stefanos Geroulanos (Universities of Zurich & Ioannina), C. P. Cavafy: Historia Arcana – A Hidden History

Peter Mackridge (University of Oxford), The translation of Cavafy’s poems by Evangelos Sachperoglou

19.15-19.30     Interval

19.30-20.15     Angelica Cathariou (opera singer; University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki), ‘I’ve looked on beauty so much…’: Performing Dimitri Mitropoulos’ musical settings of poems by C.P. Cavafy

Concert: 10 Invenzioni on poems by C. P. Cavafy by Dimitri Mitropoulos

Angelica Cathariou (mezzo-soprano)

Thodoris Tzovanakis (piano)

20.15               Opening of the exhibition ‘C. P. Cavafy: Historia Arcana – A Hidden History’ with ancient coins and artworks related to Cavafy’s poems

Under the auspices and with the sponsorship of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation and the Cavafy Archive