The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation is actively participating in the “Bicentennial Initiative 1821-2021”, for the celebration of the 200 year since the outbreak of the Greek Revolution, in collaboration with many important cultural institutions of Greece.
The upcoming celebration of the 200 years since the outbreak of the Greek Revolution of 1821 and the War of Independence will be a key historical event: it is both an occasion to recognize the struggles and sacrifices of our people, while it also requires us to think on the present-day position of our country and its future.
The bicentennial requires a coordinated approach to the organization of related events, backed by teamwork and collaboration. All of us have a historic and moral duty to contribute to this celebration, with its events in Greece and abroad based on three themes: History, Creation, and Evolution.
In order to create a locus for a common understanding about how to celebrate the bicentenary of our national reawakening, National Bank of Greece – in light of its long history, which is closely linked to the creation and development of the Greek state and the philhellene individuals responsible for establishing the Bank – has turned to the following institutions to provide input, recognizing their highly commendable work and contribution to the wider Greek community: the Eugenides Foundation, the B & M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts & Music, the Captain Vassilis & Carmen Constantakopoulos Foundation, the Lambrakis Foundation, the A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation, the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, the A.G. Leventis Foundation, the Bodossaki Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Foundation for Education and European Culture, and the Onassis Foundation.
The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation is actively involved in the “Initiative 1821-2021”, which was established in view of the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Greek Revolution and is the result of the systematic cooperation of the following private cultural and scientific institutions of the country and the National Bank: Eugenides Foundation, B & M Theoharaki Institute of Fine Arts and Music, Captain Vasilis & Carmen Konstantakopoulou Foundation, Lambrakis Foundation, AK Public Benefit Foundation Laskaridis, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, Ioannis S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, AG Leventis, Bodosaki Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Foundation for Education and European Culture, Onassis Foundation.
With actions in Greece and abroad, which were officially announced at the presentation of the “Initiative 1821-2021” at the Athens Concert Hall on January 31, 2020, the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation participates in a rich program of events for the historic anniversary.
- Edition: “The Greek Revolution through the Ottoman Archives”
The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation is preparing the publication of selected documents on the Greek Revolution from the Ayniyat Registers, which are kept in the Ottoman Archives of Constantinople. They consist of copies of all orders shipped to the provinces and various central government offices from June 1821 to January 1828 to counteract the Greek uprising.
- Conference at the University of Amsterdam: “The Greek Revolution: A Global Event of Independence”
The Foundation, in collaboration with the Marilena Laskaridis Center for Modern Greek Studies, is organizing a seminar on “The Greek Revolution: A Global Event of Independence”. The event will take place in April 2021 at the University of Amsterdam and may be repeated in October of the same year at the Aikaterini Lascarides Foundation.
Prof. Rosa Anduhar (Kings College), Prof. Chrysanthi Avlami (Panteion University), Prof. Nassia Yakovakis (NFS), Prof. Olga Katsiardis (NFS), Dr. Sukru Ilicak (Harvard) and Hakan Erdem (Sabanci University) or Yusuf Karabicak (Harvard)
- Actions in collaboration with the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) in Portsmouth
- Exhibition of the Foundation’s Nelson Collection
The exhibition will be held at the Royal Navy Museum and will include – among other things – much of the Nelson Collection of the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, which is the largest collection of documents related to the British Admiral outside the United Kingdom. The collection includes personal items, as well as handwritten letters.
The opening of the exhibition is scheduled for early June 2021 and is expected to last 5 months. A number of letters from the Nelson Collection of the Foundation will be published and exhibited for the first time.
- Conference in Portsmouth: “From the Nile to Navarino”
The exhibition opening events in Portsmouth will include a conference hosted by the NMRN on the geopolitical situation in the Mediterranean after the Battle of the Nile and its impact on the enslaved Greeks. The event will be attended by distinguished Greek and British historians.
A closing event will announce the common ALF-NMRN plans in view of the year 2027 that marks the 200th anniversary of the last naval battle between large sailing fleets at Navarino.
- Conference in Piraeus: “British naval supremacy and the Greek Revolution”
The event is scheduled for November 2021 and will take place at the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation. It will build on the proceedings of the conference in Portsmouth, a few months earlier.
- Educational programs: Tribute to 1821
Every year a number of 30,000 students visit the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation to attend educational programs with specialized lecturers from the fields of Science, Literature and the Arts. As part of the historic anniversary celebration, the Foundation has developed a special program of 10 different educational programs for primary and secondary level, which are already being offered during the current academic year and will continue until the end of the following year.
- Edition: “Mapping the Settlement of Hydra: Historical Evidence”
The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation prepares the publication of a study on residential development of the city of Hydra from the late 18th to the late 20th centuries through archival historical evidence.
Author: Dr. Iris Panagiotopoulou, Architect-Town Planner.
- Edition: “Konstantinos Kanaris, 1793-1877”
The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation is preparing the publication of a scientific monograph on the life and work of Constantine Kanaris through archival historical evidence.
Authors: Dr. Konstantina Adamopoulou, Dr. Annita Prassa
- The CENSUS platform
The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation supports the integration and dissemination of the online platform “The CENSUS (= Checklist of Useful in the Study of Modern Greek Literature)”. This platform will facilitate the access of the English-speaking public to the Greek secretariat, providing references to all English translations of Modern Greek literature and all critical English-language studies of Modern Greek literature from the 12th century to the present. The CENSUS Collection includes references both to works that have been published in full book format and to texts in volumes, such as short literary pieces and articles usually ‘hidden’ within larger collective works. The range of references extends from 1813 to the present.
The project is directed by Boston College Emeritus Professor Dia Filippidou-Bakker.
- Support of the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece
The Foundation supports the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece to cover part of the cost of implementing eight (8) of the regional exhibitions organized by the National Historical Museum for the 200 years since the beginning of the Greek Revolution. . These exhibitions will be hosted by the following regional museums:
- Ethnological Museum of Thrace, Alexandroupolis
- Teloglion Institute of Arts AUTH, Thessaloniki
- Folklore Museum of Larissa
- Byronic Society of the Holy City of Messolonghi
- Maritime and Historical Museum of Galaxidi
- National Gallery-Alexandros Soutsos Museum, Nafplio Branch
- Maritime Museum of Crete, Chania
- Support of the Historical Series “1821 Historical Library” of the National Research Foundation/Institute for Historical Research.
The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation supports the National Research Foundation / Institute for Historical Research (EIE / IIE) to complete the 6-volume edition of the “1821 Historical Library” series. Specifically, these are:
- Vassilis Panagiotopoulos, Konstantinos Kantiotis Corfu. Elasson Filikos, militant of the Greek Revolution.
- Sofia Laiou and Marinos Sarigiannis, Ottoman Narratives for the Greek Revolution. From Yusuf Bey to Ahmet Javed Pasha.
- Vassilis K. Gounaris, Greek Kleptomartians and Albanian rebels (1829-1831).
- Eugenia Drakopoulou, The Revolution of 1821 in Greek and European Painting.
- Sofia Matthaiou and Athina Hatzidimitriou, The Fate of Ancient Monuments During the Revolution (1821-1832).
- Georgia Gotsi, Rigas Ferraios.
- Support of a series of events commemorating the 1821 bicentenary in Odessa, Ukraine.
The events are being organized by the National Institute for Culture (Ελληνικό Ίδρυμα Πολιτισμού) and funded by the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation