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First Ever Kastellorizo Puzzle Festival September 24-26

KASTELLORIZO – This year, science is heading at full speed for Kastellorizo, the small picturesque island at the easternmost tip of Europe with a special historical, cultural and geographical presentation. With impressive architecture, important ancient monuments, endemic flora and fauna, beautiful nature and countless trails, the island is where important civilizations of mankind met, from the Neolithic Age until today. In fact, the official name of the island is Megisti, obviously due to its larger size in relation to the island complex that surrounds it.

The 1st Kastellorizo Puzzle Festival takes place September 24-26. A great scientific event that was born from a native of this remote island and is addressed to its inhabitants, the Festival is mainly a great celebration of science, offering new knowledge and joy to the inhabitants of the island. Kastellorizo, paradoxically, is also distinguished in puzzles: in 2020 the mathematician Pantazis Houlis, former professor at the University of Western Australia, now a collaborator at the University of Crete and co-founder of an educational puzzle production company, founded a museum with one of the largest collections of puzzles worldwide. It was recently announced as a European Center for Science, Technology and Art STARTS (Science + Technology + ARTS).

The festival invites the audience of all ages not only to attend but also to actively participate in a series of educational activities, targeted tours, scientific dialogues, theatrical games, original events, interactive experiments, exhibitions, storytelling, etc. by notable scientists from various research institutions in the country.

The event is organized by the Museum of Puzzles Megisti, main activity of the Association EN.IGMA (Association of Ideas, Puzzles, Mathematics) in collaboration with Eleni Grammatikopoulou, who has many years of experience in the field of Science Communication. It is under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Research and Innovation, the Ministry of Development and Investment, and the Ministry of National Defense. Also participating are the Hellenic Pasteur Institute, the Hellenic Center for Marine Research, the University of Crete, the Eugenidou Foundation, the Union of Greek Physicists, the Science Reactors scientific team, the "Crew 94" from Patras and other scientific and educational bodies.

More than 50 scientists, researchers, educators and artists will participate in the Kastellorizo Puzzle Festival on a non-profit basis, motivated only by their love for science. The original idea of the organizers could not be realized without the non-profit contributions of the participating individuals and organizations and the valuable support of the sponsors, whom they thank warmly.

For more information: https://kastellorizofestival.com/.

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