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‘Democracy and Books’ weekend at Costa Navarino,  14-16 September

‘Democracy and Books’ weekend at Costa Navarino, 14-16 September

Speakers include Pascal Bruckner, Stanley Johnson, Radek Sikorski and Pamela Paul

Between September 14th and 16th, The New York Times ‘Athens Democracy Forum’ and Costa Navarino are presenting the next edition of their annual acclaimed event, The “Democracy and Books weekend”, with an impressive line-up of speakers.

The event coincides with Athens being named UNESCO World Book Capital 2018, and will bring together internationally acclaimed speakers, authors, key opinion leaders and influencers to discuss the longstanding interrelationship between democracy and books and their role during in these times of ideological upheaval, as well as understand their capacity as agents for political change and social awareness.

Moderated by Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review, the weekend’s main discussion will feature a panel of distinguished speakers including Pascal Bruckner, Professor and writer, Stanley Johnson, Author, Environmentalist & Former Member of the European Parliament and Radoslaw Sikorski, Senior Fellow at Harvard University, Distinguished Statesman at the Center for Security and International Studies and Principal at Sikorski Global. Further prominent speakers will be announced shortly.

The main discussion will be complemented by book readings, encouraging further interaction with the speakers. The weekend experience is enhanced by a series of authentic cultural experiences including a special Philosophy Walk under the guidance of a philosophy professor, discussing about ancient Greek philosophers and their views on democracy.

The three-day programme introduces participants to a series of authentic activities taking place at Navarino Dunes in Costa Navarino. Guests at The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino can benefit from exclusive weekend packages and immerse themselves in the region’s culture, history and traditions. Activities include a guided tour of the exhibition ‘When Pictures Paint a Thousand Words’, presenting book illustrations by Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, one of the greatest Greek artists of the 20th century. This exhibition is the result of the cooperation between The Benaki Museum, Costa Navarino and Athens International Airport. Other authentic experiences include an olive oil tasting, whereby guests can learn from local experts how to discern the subtle flavors of the region’s renowned extra virgin olive oil, as well as a traditional cooking experience with local women who share their family recipes.

The lush seaside setting with pristine sandy beaches and views to the Ionian Sea provides an ideal September getaway with perfect temperatures for swimming, enjoying the outdoors or a round at the destination’s awarded golf courses The Dunes Course and The Bay Course.

Now in its sixth edition, The New York Times ‘Athens Democracy Forum’ will take place between 16th and 18th September in the Greek capital, bringing together international business leaders, policy makers, and a broad variety of experts to debate and discuss the current state of democracy with a focus on new solutions.

For further info and available packages, please see here.

For speakers bios, please see here:
Stanley Johnson

Radoslaw Sikorski

Pamela Paul

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