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Two Days until the Online Summer Nostos Festival

Summer seems to have snuck up on us this year, but that doesn’t mean we have to forgo a full lineup of summer magic. Wherever you’ll be next week—at home, at work, on the beach, at work on the beach—an internet connection is all you need to experience this year’s Summer Nostos Festival, which starts in just two days.

The dress code is whatever you happen to be wearing, and the invitation is open to whoever you’re with. Just tune at SNFestival.org/live to be instantly transported to the magical parallel universe of the online SNFestival RetroFuture Edition (June 21-28) from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF)!

The SNFestival RetroFuture Edition welcomes leading Greek and international singers, DJs, musicians, and bands: Burna Boy, Low, ΜΕΛΙSSES, Stereo Nova, Dimitris Kamarotos and Anna Pangalou, Seu Jorge and the Athens State Orchestra, Choir! Choir! Choir! and Kostis Maraveyas, DJ Decay, and more DJ sets. They take the online stage and invite us, no matter how far apart we may be physically, to get swept up together in the music.

Tune at the #SNFestival and experience it wherever you are.

At the SNF Conference, a signature event of the SNFestival, the man who has been called the “conscience” of Silicon Valley, a leading AI researcher, and a physician-social scientist who has been included in Time’s list of the 100 most influential people contribute to lively conversations. The SNF Conference will fuel discussions about the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, while offering a sneak-peek at the 2021 SNF Conference that will be focused on the topic of Humanity and Artificial Intelligence. More than 20 Greek and international speakers will be part of the Conference, including Blaise Aguera y Arcas, Google AI leader, Tristan Harris, President of the Center for Humane Technology, Stuart Russell, professor of Computer Science at University of California, Nicholas Christakis, Director of the Human Nature Lab at the Yale University, and others.

Enlightening discussion, bold ideas, and timely reflection do not stop here. The SNF DIALOGUES and the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University invite you to an online event examining what COVID-19 is revealing about the role of technology in society, democracy, and our collective future.

The DIALOGUES deal in nuance, but if you want problems that come in black and white, we’ve got that too. Garry Kasparov—widely considered the best chess player of all time—and Judit Polgár—known as the best female chess player of all time—examine how technology has affected competition in chess and beyond.

Don’t miss the rare opportunity to see iconic artist and director William Kentridge give a guided tour of his workshop. Gain a new perspective on pandemic through a dramatized reading of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and guided discussion from Theater of War Productions, featuring outstanding artists such as Frances McDormand, Oscar Isaac, Jeffrey Wright and John Turturro. At the same time, four fascinating stories that shed light on artificial intelligence and our unprecedented present come to life through Selected Shorts readings by actors Nia Vardalos, Kathleen Chalfant, Sam Underwood and Valorie Curry.

Stand-up comedians Giorgos Hatzipavlou, Lambros Fisfis, Angelo Tsarouchas, George Zacharopoulos and Aliki Tsakoumi are determined to leave you in stitches after their sets.

If you took part in the 5K Virtual SNF Run, or you are about to this weekend, don’t miss the online celebration taking place on Olympic Day, Tuesday, June 23, featuring the announcement of results and your photos and videos capturing moments from the run.

The SNFestival Retrofuture Edition would not be complete without delightful and insightful events for kids of all ages. Graceful acrobats, thrilling contortionists, lasso-wielding cowboys, and the fastest Rubik’s Cube solvers (not to mention Erno Rubik himself!) will take you to a world of wonder and illusion in a program curated by magician Mark Mitton.

The SNF Conference and the Virtual SNF Run event will be hosted by iMEdD Managing Director and journalist Anna-Kynthia Bousdoukou, while the other SNFestival events will be presented by Mark Mitton, Nandia Kontogeorgi, and Lambros Fisfis.

All this and a lot more at the SNFestival RetroFuture Edition, June 21 – 28.

Experience it wherever you are.

Tune in online at SNFestival.org/live

#SNFestival

*The concerts by Low, Stereo Nova, and Seu Jorge with the Athens State Orchestra, as well as portions of the kids’ programming, were held as part of previous iterations of the Summer Nostos Festival and are being broadcast for the first time at the SNFestival RetroFuture Edition. 

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