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The Summer Nostos Festival goes online this year

Posted by moodhacker on May 31, 2020 at 9:10 AM


The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is presenting events online including fascinating discussions and cultural events to enjoy from the comfort and safety of home.


Among them, the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD on Friday, May 8, 12-12:45 PM, holds its weekly discussion online. This week’s theme, Climate, Food Insecurity, and COVID-19.

The discussion is part of the webcast series, SNF Agora Conversations: The Politics and Policy of COVID-19.

(More information is available online:


The SNFestival: RetroFuture Edition, held online, June 21-28, will introduce brand new performances and activities, rewind to revisit favorite shows from years past, and look into the future to offer tantalizing previews of what’s to come at the 2021 SNFestival and SNF Conference. Details coming soon:

The Summer Nostos Festival (SNFestival) is an international multifaceted arts, sports and education event. The festival aspires to become a friendly creative platform where people of all ages can express themselves and exchange ideas.


This year the festival is adjusting to the new reality and is moving online for a special RetroFuture Edition.


“It’s going to be a weird summer, so let’s get together to make it good-weird. What can past visions of the future—uncannily accurate or wildly wrong—teach us? How can experiences we had when the present was still future inform our experience of our present future? And where’s my AI butler, already?” the Stavros Niarchos Foundation said in an official announcement.


From the 21st to the 28th of June, audiences start a “journey” from the past to the future.


The week, packed with bold ideas and big fun, will include:


Burna Boy, rising Nigerian superstar

William Kentridge studio visit

Theater of War’s The Oedipus Project with Frances McDormand, Oscar Isaac, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Frankie Faison, David Strathairn

Selected Shorts with Nia Vardalos, Kathleen Chalfant, Sam Underwood, Valorie Curry

Stereo Nova 2018 SNFestival rewind

MEΛΙSSES, Greek pop-rock sensation, on the roof of the SNFCC

Nostos University with Garry Kasparov, Judit Polgár, Ernő Rubik, and more

Dimitris Kamarotos & Anna Pangalou in a majestic musical performance on top of the SNFCC, in front of a sunset sky

Mark Mitton, magician, and international circus talents

Choir! Choir! Choir! sing-alongSeu Jorge & Athens State Orchestra flashback to a 2018 SNFestival tribute to David Bowie

Stand Up Comedy with Giorgos Xatzipavlou, Lambros Fisfis, and more

SNF Conference with Nicholas Christakis, Stuart Russell, Tristan Harris, Eric Klinenberg, Bill T. Jones, and more

SNF DIALOGUES & SNF Agora Conversations

Virtual SNF RUN

While this SNFestival: RetroFuture Edition is far from normal and far from its home at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens, it’s still about enjoying artists we know we love while being introduced to new favourites. About grappling with ideas that push us outside our intellectual comfort zones while soaking up the good vibes shared time together. About how journeying out into the unknown makes returning home that much sweeter—the spirit of “nostos” that gives the festival its name.


The SNFestival is organised and made possible through the exclusive support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). The full program of events can be viewed at



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