40 years from the death of Nikos Kazantzakis

Nikos Kazantzakis is one of the most important Greek philosophers, poets and writers of modern Greece.
1997 marks the 40th anniversary of his death. To honor that, a range of symposia, exhibitions and other cultural events is organized in more than 13 countries of Europe and Australia by the "Society of Friends of Nikos Kazantzakis". These events are organized in cooperation with the Museum of Nikos Kazantzakis in Myrtia and with the University, cultural and local authorities.
In November 1997 an International Symposium entitled "Nikos Kazantzakis, Crete and the three continents" will take place in Iraklion.

Within the framework of the Symposium the following issues will be developed:

  • The European civilization
    (Education and training, travelling, philosophy, literature and translation)
  • Assessments about Europe
  • The attraction of the East
  • The Arab-moslem civilization
    (Arab-African origin, travelling, literature, architecture)
  • The Jewish people: assessments, written texts
  • The Christian East
  • Buddhism
  • The Far-East
  • Crete
  • Synthesis

In addition to the previous Symposium, in the schools in Crete there will be several conferences, conversations, video presentations and a competition with subject the work of N. Kazantzakis and first price a trip to South France, where N. Kazantzakis lived. In the Museum of Nikos Kazantzakis, in Myrtia, visits, exhibitions and video displays are scheduled.


The international symposiums that are scheduled for 1997 are the following:
Sidney, Australia
"Kazantzakis between East and West"
"Nikos Kazantzakis and Europe, influences and evaluations"
Grenada, Spain
"Kazantzakis as a visualizer and Spain"
Marseilles, France
"Kazantzakis, the Mediterranean nations and civilizations"
Iraklion, Crete
"Kazantzakis, Crete and the three continents"
Venice, Italy
" The work and thought of Kazantzakis and Italy"
Casablanca, Morocco
" Kazantzakis and the Moslem world"
Prague, Czech Republic
" Kazantzakis, Martinou and the music"
Geneva, Switzerland
"The god inspired Kazantzakis, Religion and Revolution"
Kluz-Napoka, Rumania
"The European dimension of Nikos Kazantzakis"
Brussels, Belgium
" The timeliness of Nikos Kazantzakis"