CHS & the Municipality of Nafplio
CHS even before its official inauguration in 2008 received a great support from the Municipality of Nafplio in all aspects of organization and communication with local authorities. Since then and up until today, both CHS and the Municipality continue and contribute to a productive and multilevel cooperation.
CHS GR cooperates closely not only with the Municipality of Nafplio but with all the Municipalities of the Argolid as well as the regional government of the Peloponnese, and has contributed in many cultural events and educational activities. It is also worth mentioning that CHS GR annual Events Series is organized in cooperation with all the Municipalities of the Argolid, while the local authorities as well as the Municipalities support many of the Center’s activities and programs.
Cooperation with local authorities and community is an important part of the Center’s mission and the CHS GR promotes the development of these partnerships in order to generate new activities and offer more opportunities to the local educational community and the wider public.
Past Joint Events
CHS GR and the Municipality of Nafplio collaborate since 2008 in the organization of many cultural and educational events.
Since March 2014, CHS GR participates as a member of the Organizing Committee in the annual Marathon Race organized by the Municipality of Nafplio in cooperation with the Regional Administration of the Peloponnese, and the Athletic Federation of Greece (SEGAS). Moreover, the Marathon is under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture (Secretariat of Sports). The CHS GR, as part of the official supporters of the event, contributes to the overall planning of the Marathon Race and especially to its educational impact mostly with an event co-organized by CHS and the Municipality and with hosting one of the press conferences of the Marathon on the CHS GR premises, as well as contributing to the promotion of the Marathon broadly through the Center's social media outlets.
On March 22, 2014, Lucia Athanassaki, University of Crete, gave a public lecture in the Vouleftiko Hall in Nafplio on the battle of Marathon and ancient legends about the first ‘marathon runner’. On March 14, 2015, Charles Stocking, University of Western Ontario, and Demosthenes Tampakos, Olympic Games gold medalist, spoke on “Beyond the Body: A Brief History of the Marathon, Ancient and Modern”. On March 4, 2016, Charilaos Tsolakis, University of Athens, Yiannis Tsekouras, PhD in Exercise Biochemistry, and Periklis Iakovakis, World Champion in Athletics, gave a lecture on “Sport in Greece today. Championship or mass participation? Opposite or complementary concepts?”. In March 2016, CHS' entire team offered its support on the third Nafplio Marathon by joining the team of volunteers and helping in the implementation of the Marathon activities.
Moreover, CHS also supported the Nafplio Castle Run, which was organized by the Municipality on November 29, 2015 and again on November 27, 2016. The Municipality in cooperation with the Ioannis Kapodistrias Foundation and the National Hellenic Research Foundation co-organized a conference on “Venetian Naflpio” in October 2015. CHS colleagues translated the texts for the exhibition held in the Nafplio War Museum; Ioannis Petropoulos (CHS GR Director) chaired the closing session of the conference on Sunday, October 11.
150th anniversary of the Nafplio Revolution
In October 2012 the Municipality of Nafplio and the Municipal Organization of Culture, Environment, Sports and Tourism (DOPPAT) organized a very successful symposium marking the 150th anniversary of the Nafplio Revolution. This was the last of a series of related events organized in 2012. CHS GR was a member of the organizing committee of Events, and supported the celebration in additional ways, while CHS GR Director, Professor Ioannis Petropoulos, co-chaired in one of the symposiums sessions.
The Municipality of Nafplio has offered its auspices and support in a number of activities co-organized by CHS GR and other institutions of the city of Nafplio and the broader Argolis region.
In the context of the medical conference under the direction of the Harvard Professor of Medicine Christos Mantzoros, the Municipality of Nafplio, CHS GR, and the organizing committee of the conference co-organized a cultural event in September 2016. Walter Puchnner, Emeritus Professor at the University of Athens and Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, spoke on “Traditions and perspectives of culture. The uniqueness of Greece”. Physician Vivian Daglas, a soprano, accompanied by pianist Theolena Piki, closed the event with a performance of songs by Manos Hadjidakis.
In April 2016, the Municipality of Nafplio, and DOPPAT, joined forces with the Department of Theatre Studies, University of Peloponnese and the Center, for the 1st Panhellenic Symposium for Authors from the Argolid: “Argolid, the place of co-writing”. Alongside other major events, the Municipality of Nafplio organized an art exhibition with paintings and manuscripts of the famous poet Nikos Karouzos (the private collection of Georgios and Christina Xenou).
In July 2015, the Municipality of Nafplio gave its auspices for the “Poetry Evening” event co-organized with the Fougaro Cultural Complex, where awarded British poets, winners of the “Michael Marks Award for Poetry Pamphlets” competition, and poets from the Argolid recited and spoke of their works to a rapt audience.
In May 2015, CHS GR, the Municipality of Nafplio, and DOPPAT, co-organized a creative writing workshop, moderated by the writer Stratis Haviaras and the award-winning novelist Marty Lambrou. The workshop was open to the public, especially its younger members. Mr. Haviaras’ lecture, entitled “Introduction to the Art of Writing”, covered all genres (short story, novel, poetry and essay).