In its historical course, Messolonghi distinguished itself as a commercial and educational centre of western Greece. During the Greek Revolution, it was a busy and multinational community; a place where refugees, romantics, adventurers and professionals of politics and war gathered. The fighters of 1826 contributed to the national liberation of Greece and laid a small stone in the edifice of global freedom.
Two hundred years later, the effort to preserve and expand this structure encounters many difficulties. The Exodus of Messolonghi lays the basis for the modern city to become a global centre for studying and promoting the idea of freedom and the challenges it faces today. The momentum of the Bicentenary of the Greek Revolution constitutes an opportunity to highlight the legacy of Exodus and the city.
the international dimension and the timeless significance for its cradle
Activities & events
The Sacred City of Messolonghi is one of the natural cradles of the celebrations for the Bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence.
In the context of this significant anniversary, a set of cultural and artistic initiatives has been planned for 2021 with the collaboration of international, national and local bodies, which includes original artistic works, concerts, exhibitions, workshops, theatrical performances, representations, celebrations, conferences, etc.
With the support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and the Commission “Greece 2021”, this multi-level programme focuses on the issue of Freedom. The programming is under the supervision of a committee consisting of prominent people of the city, such as Nikos Aliagas, as well as under the artistic direction of Fokas Evangelinos.
Committee & working group
Mayor of the Sacred City of Messolonghi
Kostas Lyros was born in Kefalovryso, Aetoliko. He studied at the School of Technological Civil Engineering in Athens and at the School of Architecture of the University of Genoa and maintains a Technical Office in Messolonghi. In 2019 he was elected Μayor of the Sacred City of Messolonghi while in the past he had been a municipal councillor of Aetoliko and a member of the Administration of the Chamber of Aetolia-Akarnania.
Dean at the School of Humanities, University of the Peloponnese. He was born at Aetoliko, studied Chemical Engineering at N.T.U. Athens and worked at Bonn University and N.C.S.R. Demokritos. His field of expertise is Archaeometry, Environmental and Cultural Technologies.
Nikos Aliagas was born in Paris to Greek parents. On his father's side, he comes from Stamna Messolonghi, while on his mother's side from Messolonghi. He studied literature at Sorbonne University but was eventually won over by journalism. He has a long career in French television and has been honoured with important awards.
Dr Fotis Spyropoulos is a Lawyer at the Supreme Court and an Economist. He holds a PhD in Law from the University of Athens. He has taught at universities in Greece and abroad and is Vice President of the Centre for the Study of Crime. Also, as a musician, he has participated in performances and in the organisation of events in Greece and abroad.
He was born in Messolonghi in 1945, a descendant of the Free Besieged. Aeronautical Engineer (SMA). Master in Business Administration. Professor, publisher, writer. Director of the School of Greek Language and Culture Alexander the Great. President of the International Academy of Freedom. Honorary President of the Association of Greek Colleges.
Working group member
Sokratis Stelios was born and raised in Messolonghi. He studied Business Administration and holds a Master’s degree in Tourism Business Administration. He speaks English, Italian and a little German. He has worked for twenty years as a journalist-newspaper publisher and a bank executive. Today he works at the Office of Communication and Tourism Development of the Municipality of the S.C. of Messolonghi.
Working group member
Chryssa Skarmoutsou was born in Messolonghi. She studied Archeology & Art History at NTUA and specialised in Museum Education and Adult Education. She has worked in Paleontology educational programmes at the Museum of Experiments, in Second Chance Schools in Athens and in schools in Copenhagen. Today, she works at the Cultural Centre of the Municipality of the Sacred City of Messolonghi.