Born within the then thriving Greek community in Alexandria of Egypt, Constantine Cavafy (April 29, 1863 – April 29, 1933) was one of the most influential literary figures produced by Greece in the early 20th century and instrumental in establishing modern Greek poetry on the international scene, where he is still being studied and translated into many languages well into the 21st century.
The Greek culture ministry has designated 2013 as the Year of Constantine Cavafy, to mark the 150th anniversary of the world renowned poet's birth. Around the world, universities and cultural organisations are using this anniversary to honour the strong symbolism of Cavafy's poetry.
The Antipodes Festival will too celebrate the poet who also inspired musicians, 50 Greek composers and 30 international ones, using his words as the basis of 350 compositions in 20 languages. A number of key international academics will be visiting Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne, to take part in symposiums and lectures, sharing their expansive knowledge and love of this great man.
Our weekend at the Wheeler Centre will see these academics engage in sessions covering the multiple surfaces of Constantine Cavafy's work, and on Sunday 23 June, we invite comedians, filmmakers and actors (and other surprise guests) to recite their favourite Cavafy poem. Adding to the program will be a screening of The Barbarians, an immersive new opera inspired by the iconic poet and commissioned by the Museum of Old and New Art.
Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 June
The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
For more information about speakers and tickets click here to go to the official Antipodes Festival website.