The Greek Consul in Geneva, Mr. Alexandros Gennimatas, organized a particularly important ceremony during which an iconic bust of Lord Byron was inaugurated in Geneva, at the famous Villa Diodati in the municipality of Cologny. The bust is offered on behalf of the Hellenic community in Geneva, as a symbol of gratitude to the great British Philhellene, Lord Byron. The ceremony took place on Wednesday, 15 May 2024.

This historic villa on the lake of Geneva, where Lord Byron lived in the summer of 1816 with his friends Mary and Percy Shelley, John Polidori and Claire Clermont, has been linked with the two famous horror stories of international literature, “Frankenstein” and “Vampire”. Byron’s cohabitation with the Shelleys during the “year without a summer” as 1816 went down in history due to a huge climate crisis caused by a volcano eruption in Asia, had a significant impact on the development of international literature and the subsequent development of Philhellenism internationally .

The extremely important and complex task of highlighting this unique landmark in Geneva, which honors Lord Byron and Philhellenism, “will be another point of reference in the long philhellenic tradition of Geneva”, as mentioned by Mr. Alexandros Gennimatas.

The construction and installation of the bronze bust of Lord Byron was sponsored by the Greek businessman Mr. Georgios Koukis, while the artwork was designed by the Greek sculptor and professor, Mr. Praxitelis Tzanoulinos. This project started in 2020, on the initiative of the Consul of Greece and the honorary president of the Greek Community of Geneva.

The Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP) and the Philhellenism Museum participated in the inauguration ceremony and the event that followed, with a speech by the President of the SHP and the Philhellenism Museum, Mr. Constantinos Velentzas. In the context of this event, Mr. Velentzas honored the important Swiss Professor of archeology and history, Mr. Pierre Ducrey, with the Lord Byron Medal on behalf of the SHP and the Academy of Athens.

This distinction recognizes Professor Ducrey’s contribution to highlighting the values of Hellenism, Greek history, and culture, as well as his contribution to strengthening the historical ties between Greece and Switzerland.

The ceremony was attended by HE Metropolitan Maximos of Switzerland, the mayor of Cologny Ms. Catherine Pahnke, the next mayor of Geneva Ms. Christina Kitsos, the deputy mayor of Cologny Mr. Pascal Hornung, the permanent representative of the United Kingdom to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Simon Manley, the honorary president of the Greek Community of Geneva, Mr. Michalis Papadopoulos, the family of Mr. Georgiou Koukis, and many representatives of Greek and philhellenic organizations.



Pierre Ducrey, a contemporary defender of Philhellenism

Pierre Ducrey embodies what he describes as “new philhellenism”, a modern form of the solidarity movement for Greece, born in Europe during the Greek War of Independence (1821-1827). Archaeologist, historian of ancient and modern Greece. He has taken part in excavations in Northern Greece in Philippi and in Crete, as a researcher of the French Archaeological School. He then directed the Swiss Archaeological School in Greece (ESAG) and the Swiss excavations of Eretria in Evia for 24 years. He served as professor of ancient history at the University of Lausanne from 1974 to 2005, and was rector of that university from 1987 to 1995. From 2005 to 2010 he was president of the Hardt Foundation for the Study of Classical Antiquity, located at Vandoeuvres in Geneva, then he directed the Foundation until 2022 under the presidency of the former president of the Swiss Confederation, Mr. Pascal Couchepin.


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The SHP awards the Lord Byron Medal every year in collaboration with the Academy of Athens, to private or public organizations, to academics and researchers who have contributed to the promotion of Hellenic  culture, to personalities or to organizations that support the mission of the SHP, and finally to descendants of Philhellenes who offered their support to Greece during the war of independence.


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The educational community participates actively in this celebrations of the SHP – Philhellenism Museum for the 200th anniversary since Lord Byron’s death.

Further to the initiative of the Second Arsakeion Lyceum of Psychiko, the Arsakeia Schools of Psychiko collaborated with the Philhellenism Museum to organize a special event – tribute to Lord Byron in the historic School Library with reference to the museum’s unique exhibits.

The event involved a live discussion between the distinguished Professor of Archaeology, Vassilis Lambrinoudakis, and the president of the Philhellenism Museum, Konstantinos Velentzas. The Director of the Second Arsakeio Lyceum, Linguist Nelli Pappa, took over the coordination of the debate, which had as its axis two different approaches aimed at the promotion internationally of Greek culture. The participating students had distinguished themselves in the preparatory stage that preceded the event.

The collaboration will continue with the use of the produced audio-visual material and with the implementation of new actions that the students will undertake to prepare this time by themselves.

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The Ministry of Defense (MoD) organized on 24/4/2024 at the Evelpidon Military Academy, a ceremony for the leadership of the Hellenic Armed Forces to honour Philhellenism and the 200 years since the death of Lord Byron. An English poet whose name was associated with Messolonghi and the Struggle for Greek Independence. His role, like that of all the Philhellenes, was absolutely pivotal for the people and governments of Europe to support the Greek Revolution.

The event was attended by the Minister of National Defense, Mr. Nikos Dendias, the leaders of GEETHA, GES, GEN, GEA and Ms. Susan Geary on behalf of the British Embassy in Athens. The Minister addressed the cadets in the main auditorium of the Academy. A speech followed on the contribution of Lord Byron and the Philhellenes volunteers to the establishment of the Greek Regular Army, by the president of the SHP and Philhellenism Museum, Mr. Konstantinos Velentzas.



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The event took place on 25/4/2024 at the emblematic Iliou Melathron building on Panepistimiou Street, in collaboration with the British Embassy, in the presence of the British Ambassador in Athens, Matthew Lodge.

The event was attended by Byron College – The International British School and the distinguished British musician Tim Healy, who visited Greece for two days and captivated the attendees to the musical background of the bagpipe.

Speeches were given by the Director of the Numismatic Museum, Anastasia Rammou, the President of the SHP – Philhellenism Museum, Konstantinos Velentzas, the British Ambassador to Greece, Matthew Lodge, the head of studies at Byron College, Rory Gallagher and the Mayor of Vyronas Municipality, Alexios Sotiropoulos.

A large number of friends responded to the invitation, including academicians, professors, diplomats, politicians, representatives of the Armed Forces and the government.

The event comprised readings of Lord Byron’s poems and musical performances accompanied by violin and cello. This special evening ended with a reception.



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On April 19, 2024, we commemorate the anniversary of the death of Lord Byron in Messolonghi in 1824, and pay tribute to Philhellenism. Greece honours the great romantic poet and the thousands of Philhellenes who offered valuable services, even their lives, for the liberation of Greece.

April 17, 2024:

Event in Messolonghi in collaboration with the Cultural Association “FRIENDS OF LIMNOTHALASSA – LAGOON FRIENDS CLUB” with the theme “The legacy and the imprint of the leading Philhellene in History and Art”.

April 19, 2024:

The SHP and the Philhellenism Museum

participated in the Memorial Mass held at the Cathedral of Athens on April 19, 2024. Afterwards, a representative of SHP laid a wreath at the monument of the Unknown Soldier.

April 19, 2024:

SHP participated in the historic ceremony organized by Trinity College of the University of Cambridge, in the Library next to the iconic statue of Lord Byron. A representative of the SHP addressed a greeting, laid a wreath and presented gifts to the university.

April 20, 2024:

The SHP participated in a ceremony organized by Nottingham City Council at Lord Byron’s historic home, Newstead Abbey, which is now a museum. A representative of SHP addressed a greeting and exchanged gifts, and then he visited Lord Byron’s grave at the church of St Mary Magdelene in the town of Hucknell.

April 20 and 21, 2024:

The Philhellenism Museum opens to the public, with the participation of students who present its exhibits to adults.

April 22, 2024:

The Hellenic Parliament, in collaboration with the SHP and the Philhellenism Museum, launched a periodic exhibition on the theme: “Looking at freedom through the eyes of Byron”.

April 25, 2024:

The SHP and the Philhellenism Museum organize, in collaboration with the Numismatic Museum, in its garden, an event about Lord Byron, with the participation of a choir and a bagpiper concert.


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The event is organized by the Cultural Association “FRIENDS OF LIMNOTHALASSA” in collaboration with the SHP and the Philhellenism Museum, on “His legacy and the imprint of the leading Philhellenic in History and Art”, at the Municipal Gallery of Messolonghi, at 19.00.

Vicky Flessa, journalist and classical philologist, talks with Ioannis Chountis de Fabri, adviser to the House of Lords, historian and author of the book “Romanticism in power: Aspects of Lord Byron’s political ideology and his action in the Greek Revolution” published by Armos, on the importance of the Philhellene as a symbol of Greek-British friendship, his practical, material and symbolic contribution to the success of the Greek Revolution, as well as the politician Byron, his ideology and the contradictions of his action in Greece.

Objects depicting or relating to Lord Byron will be on display at the event.

The Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP) and the Philhellenism Museum, announce in the context of the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the death of Lord Byron, a student competition for the academic year 2023-2024, with the theme “2024: 200 years since the death of Lord Byron – the continuous philhellenism”, and aimed at highlighting the role of the philhellenic movement for the positive outcome of the Greek War of Independence and the promotion of continuous philhellenism, as a corner stone for the evolution of the civilized humanity.

SHP and the Philhellenism Museum are at the disposal of interested educational institutions, to support their participation in the competition.

Those interested can find material about Lord Byron at the following link.

SHP also offers screenings of the dramatized documentary “The Philhellenes”. The trailer of the film follows.

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The collectible charm of 2024, dedicated to Lord Byron.

The SHP and the Philhellenism Museum are launching a year dedicated to the great British poet and Philhellene, Lord Byron, who sacrificed himself for his ideas and the freedom of Greece, in April 1824, 200 years ago.

The proceeds from the sales of the Philhellenism Museum finance events highlighting in Greece and internationally, the works of Lord Byron and Philhellenism.

The charm is 3cm high, made of silver, features the outline of the figure of Lord Byron (from the iconic work of Thomas Philips) and bears his signature.

Price: 19.8 Euro

2024 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of the great romantic poet Lord Byron, who sacrificed his life in the Struggle for the independence of Greece. The Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP) and the Philhellenism Museum declare 2024 as the “YEAR OF LORD BYRON AND PHILHELLENISM” with the aim of highlighting and honoring, through a series of actions, the great British Philhellene and the contribution of Philhellenism internationally, as well as institutionalizing lasting Philhellenism as the set of values on which Western civilization is based.

The SHP and the Philhellenism Museum are planning a series of actions and events of historical, political, cultural, and educational content, aimed at raising international awareness on the promotion of the recent historical past as a source of inspiration for contemporary cultural creation and on the continuous philhellenism as a fundamental element of progress, based on the values of freedom, democracy, justice, and human rights.


The SHP program for 2024 includes, indicatively:

  • A funding programme to support actions to be implemented by organizations in Greece and internationally.
  • Events, exhibitions, and conferences in Greece, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Italy.
  • The official inauguration of the Philhellenes Monument in Athens.
  • The award of the Lord Byron Prize and Medal for 2024.
  • The announcement of a student competition for 2024 “YEAR OF LORD BYRON AND PHILLELLENISM”.
  • The announcement of a competition for the official logo for 2024 “YEAR OF LORD BYRON AND PHILLELLENISM”.
  • A series of commemorative publications.

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The presentation of the book “The Adventures of Daniel Elster in Greece in 21” by Kostas Papailiou and Regina Manousakis by Parisianou Publications took place on Wednesday 5/31/23 at the Philhellenism Museum. This is the fifth book of Parisianou Publications’ multi-volume “Philhellenic Library”, which was launched two years ago to honour the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution. This original series continues, thanks to the meticulous dedication of Kostas Papailiou and Parisianou Publications, bringing to light rare documents and hard-to-find archive material, so expanding the relevant bibliography with infrastructure works.

Daniel Elster, a German Philhellene, joined the Philhellenic Order as a physician in 1822, and after surviving the disastrous Battle of Peta and many adventures, he returned to his hometown and became a renowned musician. He penned voluminous memoirs with his companion the romantic writer Ludwig Bechstein, in which his chaotic life is portrayed in minute detail. Elster’s book contains thorough details of crucial events like as the Battle of Peta, as well as important figures of the Greek Revolution of 1821 such as Kolokotronis, Androutsos, Nikitaras, and Mavrokordatos.

The book was addressed by Konstantinos Velentzas, president of the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP), Thodoris Koutsoyiannis, curator of the Hellenic Parliament’s Collection of Works of Art, and Kostas Papailiou, author and editor of the series. Speakers referred to the importance and editorial excellence of the Philhellenic Library, praising the authors’ zeal and research, while Kostas Papailiou vividly narrated Daniel Elster’s life, presenting slides from the book’s rich illustrations. Actor Iordanis Kalesis read from Daniel Elster’s diaries, while musician Vangelis Konstantinopoulos accompanied the readings with his guitar.

Following the presentation, the audience posed questions to the speakers, sparking a lively debate that continued in the Museum’s courtyard, accompanied by beverages and food. Before the event began, the public was able to explore the Museum and view the rare exhibits from the Philhellenic collection.

Follow the link to watch the event.