The initiative of the Captain Vassilis and Carmen Konstantakopoulos Foundation and Costa Navarino was inaugurated with the presence of prominent personalities and organizations.
With the participation of more than 70 institutions, organizations and companies participating in the program, MORIAS ’21, the initiative developed by the Captain Vassilis and Carmen Konstantakopoulos Foundation and TEMES SA, was presented online on Monday, May 17, addressing an open call to all Greeks to meet this year in the Peloponnese, the place where the Struggle for Independence was established!
The initiative is under the auspices of the Greece 2021 Committee and the General Secretariat of Hellenes Abroad and Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which promotes the programme to foreign authorities, expatriate media and expatriate organizations. The programme is implemented with strategic partners – the Peloponnese Region and the Municipalities of East Mani, West Mani, Kalamata, Corinth, Monemvasia, Nafplio, Pylos-Nestoros, Tripoli, as well as with the Municipalities of Messina, Oichalia, Trifilia.
Representatives of the institutions that contributed to the design and implementation of the programme – all prominent personalities of local government and business and academia – graced the event with their presence.
In her greeting, the Chairman of the “Greece 2021” Committee, Mr. Gianna Angelopoulou-Daskalaki, stated: “The Greece 2021 Committee embraced this innovative program from the very beginning, hosting it under its auspices. Not just because it falls within the framework of the axes delimiting the anniversary programme coordinated by the Commission. But because the very philosophy behind the programme – the effort to connect the past with the present, the participation and mobilization of all the creative forces of the region, the concern for the promotion of the local community and the creation of a legacy for tomorrow— are also key elements of how the Commission itself approached the anniversary celebration. ”
The Regional Governor of the Peloponnese, Mr. Panagiotis Nikas, noted: “The heart of the Greek Revolution in 1821, beat in the Peloponnese! As a Region, for the 200th anniversary of the Revolution, we implement actions with the main characteristic of quality and with a view to the future and future generations, for this we cooperate with the Capt. Vassilis and Carmen Konstantakopoulou Foundation and TEMES.AE, which have great cultural activity and offer in Messinia and the whole Peloponnese “.
The Advisor to the National Bank and Coordinator of the “Initiative 1821-2021”, Mr. Ioannis Manos, referred to the physiognomy of the Initiative and the important role played by the Captain Vassilis & Carmen Konstantakopoulos Foundation and stressed that “the emblematic action” connects history with the future, and in particular with the development, nature and the environment, quality of life and culture.”
In a special video that was shown at the event , the Mayors of the areas where the actions of the programmes will be implemented, invited all Greeks to discover the place where the flame of the Revolution was lit.
The event was coordinated by Alexandra Tiligada, Co-Founder of Discover Greek Culture, a company that has undertaken the implementation and coordination of the programme.
The President of the Captain Vassilis and Carmen Konstantakopoulos Foundation and TEMES SA, Mr. Achilleas V. Konstantakopoulos shared the vision of the programme stating: “ We created the Call in Morias. We believe that this is the biggest message of the celebration. Together, we can achieve more. This is what our ancestors did and they learned from both the successes they enjoyed when they were united and the failures when they were not. The revolution of 1821 showed us that only when all the forces of the nation were united, we achieved the impossible “.
MORIAS ’21 is a complete cultural tourism programme that, through 21 thematic routes, connects emblematic cities of the Peloponnese, highlights the history of the place and the role of each city in the Struggle for Independence. The itineraries are three days, five days or seven days and show the known and unknown monuments of each city, while they are enriched with 4 axes of activities that focus on History, Art, Gastronomy and Nature. The scientific documentation of the programme has been undertaken by the University of Peloponnese, with the coordination of Professor Nikolaos Zacharias and the supervision in matters of documentation by the emeritus Professor Thanos Veremis and Professor Thanasis Christos. The actions of the programme will begin to unfold gradually in the coming months. More information about the programme can be found here: https://www.morias21.com/
The Rector of the University of Peloponnese and Professor of the Department of Social and Educational Policy, Mr. Athanasios Katsis underlined the relationship between the Peloponnese and the Struggle for Independence and said that “The University of Peloponnese is very proud of its historical region of the country “.
Below in detail, the 4 axes of actions of the program:
In collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Hellenic Initiative and the South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX) of the University of Oxford, the programmeinvites Greeks from the Diaspora to come to Greece this year to live history by saying ” Im in Morias too!
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