Corfu Festival 2021

“Hymn to Liberty”

Events for the Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821 in Corfu

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821, the Corfu Heritage Foundation programmes a series of cultural events related to the letters, music and the visual arts. These events are generally entitled “Hymn to Liberty” and cover the importance of the Greek Revolution and the role played by the Ionian Islands during this period. The events will take place during the months of August and September 2021, under the auspices of the Region of Ionian Islands.


  • The festivities begin with a greeting from the Governor of the Ionian Islands, Mrs. Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou. This is followed by a spectacular concert with the theme “Hymn to Freedom” by Nikolaos Mantzaros performed by the Mantzaros Philharmonic Society under the direction of Socrates Anthis and the collaboration of the Corfu Choir under the direction of Takis Metallinos. These events will be presented at the Lower Esplanade at the beginning of August 2021.
  • Lectures
  1. Professor Nikos K. Kourkoumelis under the title “The Filiki Eteria in Corfu – The Persons and the Affinities”.
  2. Spyros I. Nicolaou, Emeritus of the Hellenic Council of State, under the title “The European Dimension of the Greek Revolution of 1821”.
  3. Helena Matheopoulos under the title “Music for 1821 – Works inspired by the Greek Revolution”.
  4. Constantine P. Carambelas-Sgourdas under the title “The Relationship of Great Composers with the Greek Revolution, but also the Concept of Liberty”.

The above lectures will be presented at the Corfu Reading Society, under the curatorship of its Director Mr Dimitris Zymaris (6938 228 045,

  • Musical Events in two parts:

1) Concerts of the Mantzaros Philharmonic Society with excerpts from operas of Corfiot and European composers, to be presented in the courtyard of the Church of St George in the Old Fortress under the supervision of Ms Helena Matheopoulos (6948 610 117, 210 7252 206,

  1. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): The Ruins of Athens (1811).
  2. Hector Berlioz (1803-1869): La Révolution Grècque (1826), Cantata “Scène Héroïque” (baritone and choir).
  3. Pavlos Carrer (1829-1896): Markos Botsaris (1860): Aria of Markos, “Liberty”.
  4. Pavlos Carrer (1829-1896): Kyra Frosini (1868), Aria of Ali Pasha, “April appeared” (baritone).

2) “Gina Bachauer Festival – Meetings of Young Soloists and Ensembles”. Three concerts are planned during which the relationship of great composers with the Greek Revolution, but also the concept of Liberty, as well as the Greek spirit in general, will be promoted. The period of European and Greek music of the 19th century will be illuminated. The works will be performed by Soloists and Ensembles under the supervision of Mr Constantine P. Carambelas-Sgourdas (6945 846 467,, President of the Gina Bachauer International Music Association, to be presented at the Corfu Reading Society.

  1. Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868): L’assedio di Corinto (1826), “Giusto ciel”.
  2. Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901): Il Corsaro (1848), Aria of Medora (lyrical soprano) and Corrado (tenor), “Per me infelice vedi costei”.
  • Visual Art Exhibitions in two parts under the curatorship of Dr Megakles Rogakos.

a)            “Hymn to Liberty” – Historical exhibition to be presented at the Municipal Art Gallery of Corfu, 1 June – 30 August 2021.

b)            “Ex-Staseis: Attempts at the Representation of Liberty” – Contemporary art exhibition with works inspired by the concept of liberty to be presented at the Cultural Foundation of Tinos, 1 June – 10 September 2021, and at the Municipal Art Gallery of Corfu, 15 September – 31 October 2021.

The exhibition entitled “Hymn to Liberty” is held in honour of the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821, which concerns the liberation of the nation from the Ottoman yoke and the creation of an independent nation state. The works of the exhibition will be in various forms and from different periods of the bicentennial, and will concern the historical period of the national uprising.
The “Ex-Staseis” exhibition is thematic and concerned with attempts at the representation of liberty. The subject is philosophical and concerns inner freedom, i.e. the independence of thought and reason from the gravity of superstitions, prejudices, vices, authorities, etc. The word Ex-Staseis is a witticism, punning with the plural form of the term

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