The SHP and Philhellenism Museum examined in detail all the requests for financial support of actions that they received in the framework of the program “2024: Year of Lord Byron and Philhellenism“, and evaluated them with the aim of choosing those that will highlight and honor in the best possible way, the great British Philhellene and the phenomenon of Philhellenism internationally.

Thus, it was decided to grant first the following actions:

  1. Cambridge University – Trinity College: (a) Event in the place where the statue of Lord Byron is located in the College library, speeches and art exhibition, (b) Conference on “Lord Byron through the Greek perspective“.
  2. Academy of Athens: Exhibition of Byronic and philhellenic art, as well as personal objects and manuscripts, concerning Lord Byron, at the Academy of Athens from May to September 2024, titled “Lord Byron and the philhellenic aura“.
  3. Centre for Hellenic Studies in Greece, Harvard University: Workshop and lectures on the Philhellenic art and Lord Byron.
  4. Museum of Cycladic Art: Conference on “The influence of classical antiquity on the evolution of Philhellenism as a value for Western societies“.
  5. EKPA, Kapodistrian University: Interdisciplinary conference on “Philosophical, political, economic and historical foundations of Philhellenism”.
  6. Association of Correspondents of the Greek Press Abroad (EAETE): Anniversary action with the theme “2024: Year of Lord Byron and Philhellenism” and the aim of producing audio-visual material, for the promotion of the work of Lord Byron and Philhellenism in the Greek diaspora.
  7. Cultural Association “FRIENDS OF LIMNOTHALASSA” in Messolonghi: Event on the occasion of the anniversary of Lord Byron’s death with the theme “The legacy and the imprint of the leading Philhellene, in History and Art“.
  8. Nautical Club of Messolonghi: Swimming across the lagoon, in the memory of Lord Byron.
  9. Theatre troupe “PLORI”: Performance of the original play “Lord Byron: the poet of freedom (or life as a dream)”.
  10. Katia Pashou: Music concert entitled “In the Footsteps of Lord Byron“.
  11. Stamatis Hatzievstathiou: Concert with the ERT modern music orchestra, on the theme “Hellenes Philhellenes”.
  12. Parisianou Editions: Anniversary deluxe edition on the theme: “Lord Byron and British Philhellenism“.
  13. Iris Kritikou: Visual art tribute with the participation of many distinguished artists to Lord Byron “…Where grew the arts of war and peace…”, War Museum, June to September 2024.
  14. Minas Mavrikakis: Visual art tribute to Lord Byron, “Now I shall go to sleep, Goodnight“.
  15. Primary and Secondary Education: (a) SHP will soon announce a major competition for Schools in 2024, themed on the 200th anniversary of Lord Byron’s death. (b) SHP will also implement and subsidize a program to screen the dramatized documentary “The Philhellenes” in educational institutions throughout Greece. (c) The SHP will distribute free of charge to educational centers and cultural institutions, its edition with the biographies of 2000 Philhellenes who offered their services, even their lives, for the liberation of Greece.
  16. Cultural walks in Athens in the footsteps of Lord Byron: SHP will organize from April 2024, cultural walks in the centre of Athens.

The SHP is still evaluating a few more proposals and may add them to the program at a later date.

We thank all the applications for their participation in the grant program.



Prof. Dr. Konstantinos Papailiou, vice-president of the SHP, will present on November 17, 2023, at an event in Zurich, the history of the Swiss Philhellenes who participated in the liberation struggle of 1821.


The descendants of General Norman with the Papailiou couple. From left: Kostas Papailiou, Paul Graf von Normann-Ehrenfels, Angela Lehmann, Ute Gruber, Margarita Papailiou Parisianou.


The event to honor the great Philhellene, general Karl Norman, took place with great success on Friday, October 20, 2023, at the Ehrenfels family tower, south of Stuttgart, where he lived before coming to Greece in January 1822 as commander of the Battalion of Philhellenes.

The event was organized perfectly by the association of the Hellenic Community in Germany and especially by its president Costas Kahrimanidis. It was attended by a large number of people as well as many Greek and German officials, such as the ambassador of Greece in Germany Ms. Marinakis, the regional governor Mr. Tappeser and mayors of the region, several members of parliament from Greece and the European Parliament, as well as descendants of Greek fighters of the Greek Revolution. The presence of the Presidential Guard, which the next day participated in the parade in Stuttgart, added a special color to the event for the national anniversary of October 28.

It is worth noting that the event was also attended by three descendants of General Norman: Count Paul von Normann-Ehrenfels, who was honored last year by the SHP with the Lord Byron Medal, as well as Ms. Ute Gruber and Ms. Angela Lehmann, who are direct descendants of the general, something that only recently became known, thanks to the tireless research of the SHP to locate and honor descendants of Philhellenes.

The SHP was represented by its vice-president, Mr. Costas Papailiou.

Mr. Papailiou will speak on November 28, 2023 at an event at the well-known Hegel-Haus museum in Stuttgart to a German audience about the great Philhellene Norman.


The Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP) established the International Lord Byron Prize in 2021, in collaboration with the Academy of Athens, in honor of the great poet and Philhellene who drew his last breath in Missolonghi, fighting alongside the Greeks. The International Lord Byron Prize is awarded annually to important personalities from the political, cultural, academic, or business international arena, whose careers are characterized by a long-term philhellenic attitude or who have contributed to society with actions aligned with Hellenism’s values. Each of the honorees receives a silver medal, a diploma, and a grant of $10,000 USD, donated in their name to a foundation of their choice engaged in activities that serve and promote Hellenic and Philhellenic values.

For the year 2023, the awardees are:

  • Ms. Kaja Kallas, Prime Minister of Estonia, who will attend the award ceremony at the Academy of Athens on 9 October 2023.
  • Ms. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General of the WTO (World Trade Organisation), who will attend the award ceremony at the Academy of Athens on 18 October 2023.

These individuals carry out their duties from their significant positions of responsibility in a manner entirely consistent with the principles and values of Philhellenism. They courageously address significant international crises and the impacts of climate change while contributing remarkable work to society as a whole.

Following each award ceremony, there will be a discussion – dinner event with the awardees’ participation at the Athens Club.

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The award ceremony of the International Philhellenism Lord Byron Prize for 2022 of the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP), took place on September 20, 2022, during a solemn session of the Academy of Athens.

SHP has established this Prize, which is awarded annually from 2021, to three personalities from the fields of politics, academia and business. It comes with a silver medal, a diploma and a grant of $10,000 paid by SHP to a foundation or organization of the awardee’s choice.

The Lord Byron Prizes are awarded by H.E. the President of the Republic, Ms. Katerina Sakelaropoulou. The awardees for 2022 are the following:

  • Jean Claude Juncker, former President of the European Commission (Luxembourg),
  • Klaus P. Regling, Chief Executive Officer of the European Financial Stability Facility and Managing Director of the European Stability Mechanism (Germany),
  • Jack Lew, former Secretary of the Treasury (USA).

The ceremony was welcomed by the Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic, Ambassador Mr. Vassilis Papadopoulos, the President of the Academy of Athens, Mr. Antonios Regkakos and the Secretary General of the Academy of Athens, Mr. Christos Zerefos. The awardees for 2022 were presented by the President of the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism, Mr. Konstantinos Velentzas.

The Prime Minister, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who is at the UN General Assembly in New York, was represented by the Deputy Minister of Education, Mr. Angelos Syrigos.

The awardees were addressed by the Minister of Development and Investments Mr. Adonis Georgiadis, Minister of Finance Mr. Christos Staikouras and Minister of Digital Governance, Mr. Kyriakos Pierrakakis.

The Lord Byron Prize has been designed with the aim of promoting internationally the values ​​of Greek civilization and philhellenism as a virtue with a beneficial effect on the societies of the entire civilized world, and has been placed under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece.

It is recalled that the laureates for 2021 were the following:

  • former US Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry (descendant of Thomas Winthrop, President of the emblematic Philhellenic Committee of Boston),
  • former French Minister of Culture and Education, Jack Lang,
  • the Swiss banker Charles Pictet (descendant of the Pictet de Rochemont / Eynard family, friends and supporters of I. Kapodistrias).

You may watch the Ceremony using the following link:

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April 20, 2022

Visit of the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP) to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nikos Dendias

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Presentation of winners of the International Lord Byron Prize for 2022

The Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP), whose functions have been placed under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, visited today the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nikos Dendias.

SHP presented the three personalities who were selected, in order to receive the International Lord Byron Prize for the year 2022.

These are:

– Jean Claude Juncker, former President of the European Commission (Luxembourg),

– Jack Lew, former Secretary of the Treasury (USA),

– Klaus P. Regling, Chief Executive Officer of the European Financial Stability Facility and Managing Director of the European Stability Mechanism (Germany).

These three personalities have exercised their duties during their careers, in a way that is completely compatible with the principles and values of philhellenism, they have bravely faced important international crises and have offered admirable work to the society as a whole. At the same time, each one from his position, all three stood firmly on the side of Greece, during the recent economic crisis, which Greece has now successfully overcome.

The three laureates have officially accepted the Prize. The ceremony will take place in 2022 at the Academy of Athens.

At the same time, SHP presented to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dendias, the actions it implements in 2022, the plans of the Philhellenism Museum and the Philhellenes Monument which will be placed at Vasilissis Sofias in Athens.

The President of SHP and the Philhellenism Museum, Mr. C. Velentzas thanked Mr. Dendias for the support and auspices offered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in all these actions and handed him a series of 10 medals of important Philhellenes.

Information: Ms. Leoni Thanassoula


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The Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP) and the Philhellenism Museum award to them an honorary diploma and the Lord Byron Medal



The Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP) and the Philhellenism Museum organise an emblematic event – exhibition on the occasion of the anniversary of the Naval Battle of Navarino, on October 20, 2021, entitled ‘I saw the Great Victory, the Eternal Victory ’.

The inauguration will take place on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 7.30 pm at the Philhellenism Museum.

The inauguration will be attended by descendants of the British Admiral Codrington, commander of the Allied fleet during the historic battle, by descendants of the French Admiral de Rigny (commander of the French fleet) and by descendants of the Russian Admiral Pyotr Fedorovich Anjou, commander of the Russian ship Gangut, who will be honored with the diploma and the medal of Lord Byron.

The event will be attended by the Minister of Finance of Greece, Mr. Christos Staikouras, Members of the Parliament, representatives of the General Staff of the Armed Forces and representatives of the Embassies of the United Kingdom, France and Russia. Mr. Staikouras will present the Lord Byron medal to the descendants of the three admirals.

The Museum will present an exhibition of paintings, objects of philhellenic art and documents related to the Battle of Navarino, in dialogue with sculptures by Minas Mavrikakis. The exhibition is curated by Ms. Iris Kritikou.

A concert of philhellenic music of the 19th century will follow, dedicated to the anniversary of the Naval Battle of Navarino, organized by SHP in collaboration with the Association ‘Friends of Music’.

Fanie Antonelou, soprano
Ioannis Kalyvas, tenor
Maria Papapetropoulou, pianist

You may follow the event on-line from the following links:



Information: Ms. Anna Roza, email:, tel: +30.210.8094750
Philhellenism Museum, 12 Zisimopoulou Street, 11524, Athens
Duration of the exhibition: October 21, 2021 – January 30, 2022
Visiting Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10.00-18.00
All protection measures against COVID-19 will be undertaken.


The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung published an important full-page article by journalist Christiane Schlötzer referring to Philhellenism during the Greek Revolution and the participation of German Philhellenes in it. The article highlights, among others, the Philhellenism Museum in Athens and the German Philhellene Heinrich Treiber. The story of this great Philhellene is told by his descendant and member of the Advisory Committee of the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP) and the Philhellenism Museum, Professor N. Apostolidis.







SHP and the Philhellenism Museum express their grief for the loss of the great composer and ecumenical Greek, Mikis Theodorakis (1925-2021), one of the most important personalities of modern Greece. He wrote over a thousand songs, symphonic works, cantatas, oratorios, operas, music for the cinema, set music to plays, tragedies and poetry of great Greek and international poets (the photo is by the painter Spyros Zacharopoulos).



The Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP) participated in the ceremony, organized on July 31, 2021 by the Municipality of Hydra in cooperation with the Embassy of Austria in Athens to honor Austrian Philhellenes who participated in the Greek Struggle for Independence in 1821.

As part of the anniversary events, a scientific conference on “Austrian Philhellenism in the Greek Revolution” took place, as well as a concert of classical music. The event was addressed by the Mayor of Hydra, Mr. George Koukoudakis and the Ambassador of Austria in Athens, Μs. Mag. Hermine Poppeller.

The conference was coordinated by Mr. George Koukoudakis. The speakers of the conference were the historian Dr. David Schriffl from the Austrian Foreign Affairs Ministry, with a speech on the “200 years Greece and Austria – thoughts on and beyond the War of Independence”, and the historian and member of the scientific committee of SHP, Angeliki Papagiannopoulou, who referred to the Austrian Philhellenes who supported the Greek struggle for Independence. Ms. Papagiannopoulou also presented the initiatives by SHP and the Philhellenism Museum for the erection of a Monument in Athens, to honor the Philhellenes, as well as the creation of an anniversary medal to honor the Austrian Philhellene, Anton von Prokesch, in collaboration with the Zografeio School in Epirus.

The conference was followed by a music concert by the Auner Quartett in Vienna, which was coordinated by the music conductor and composer Ms. Konstantia Gourzi. The following works were performed:

NIKOS SKALKOTTAS: 5 Greek Dances: I.Epirotikos, II. Kretikos, III. Tsamikos, III. Arkadikos, IV. Kleftikos

KONSTANTIA GOURZI: Anájikon, the Angel in the Blue Garden: I. The Blue Rose, II. The Blue Bird, III. The Blue Moon, a. the bright side, b. Turning, c. the dark side

FRANZ SCHUBERT: String Quartet “Rosamunde”, 1. Part

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: String Quartet οp. 18/4

Austrian Philhellenes participated in the Philhellenic movement of the time and in military operations in Greece in favor of the Greeks. This important initiative of the Municipality of Hydra gave the opportunity to highlight their essential contribution to the Greek Struggle for Independence. Austria and Greece cooperate today with mutual respect within the framework of a United Europe, which largely owes its existence to the great legacy left by the European Philhellenes.

The Mayor, Mr. George Koukoudakis implements a series of pioneering actions of high quality and aesthetics, which promote internationally the history and the culture of the region and Greece, placing Hydra at the center of an international interest. SHP supports the work of the Municipality of Hydra, participating in a series of events around Philhellenism.