09 MARCH 2018 / DIALOGUES: Stereotypes

On Wednesday March 21st, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation is hosting the fifth event of its monthly series DIALOGUES, on “Stereotypes”. The event will take place at the Orchestra Rehearsal Room of the Greek National Opera at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center at 17:00 (EET).

How are stereotypes created? Who defines what is deemed “different”, and who is the “other”? What makes a refugee “the stranger”? How can gender identity or sexual orientation define social rights? Who can censor art, and in what ways? Why can disability lead to limited accessibility and, as a result, exclusion?

Stereotypes against diversity still flourish even in contemporary societies that foster free flow of information and critical thinking. Stereotypes, as well as the inequalities and stigma that often accompany them, will provide the backdrop for discussion among the speakers. These individuals have experienced firsthand the prejudices embedded in our society and will argue against social marginalization and exclusion.

The panelists will include Nujeen Mustafa, the young refugee who crossed the long road from Syria in a wheelchair and became a symbol for strength and hope reaching the coast of Lesvos, Konstantinos Rigos, Director of the Greek National Opera Ballet, Ioanna-Maria Gertsou, President of "Lara" Guide-Dogs Hellas and a psychologist at Agia Sofia Children's Hospital in Athens, and Jason Antigone Dane, activist for human and animal rights, who turned to the Courts for legal recognition and registration as non-binary. They will discuss the stereotypes they have perceived, experienced and defied at different moments of their lives. The discussion will be moderated by journalist Anna-Kynthia Bousdoukou.

The Cross-Cultural Choir of the Greek National Opera (GNO), which comprises of people of various origins, will also participate in the event. The Choir is GNO’s social project which aims to become a space for creativity, expression, and social networking. The Choir’s repertoire features traditional songs from its participants’ countries of origin.

DIALOGUES are open to the public. Participation is secured via electronic pre-registration, on a first-come-first-served basis. To register, click here

Through the monthly series of live events, entitled DIALOGUES, the SNF presents, among others, individuals who inspire through their work and actions and hopes to catalyze conversations around critical issues, around the world.

The event will be livestreamed through the SNF’s website at www.SNF.org/live and will also be available on demand in both video and podcast format on the SNF’s website.