SNF Nostos 2021 - Εικόνα

It’s been a difficult year for humanity, but together, we have the power to help each other get back on our feet. Οn August 25-29, 2021, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation's (SNF) SNF Nostos events that ordinarily take place each June at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Athens, Greece, will give us a chance to get together, to start talking, and to get moving once again. We look forward to experiencing SNF Nostos in person this summer with all of you.

SNF Nostos is an international, multidimensional festival bursting with art, conversation and ideas, music, dance, performances, participatory entertainment, and sports activities. SNF Nostos combines a fresh lineup of beloved Greek and international artists with annual signature events: the SNF Nostos Conference featuring luminaries from diverse spheres, the evening SNF Nostos RUN, and the SNF DIALOGUES in collaboration with the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University.



How can we make sure that artificial intelligence technology emboldens the human spirit, rather than diminishes it? How might we use AI to build a healthier, greener, and more equitable world? Can we limit the risks of AI, and ensure its benefits are widely shared? Can we use AI to overcome our limitations instead of simply reinforcing them?

The 2021 SNF Nostos Conference, dedicated to Humanity and Artificial Intelligence, will explore these questions and more from August 26 to August 28.

SNF Nostos Conference speakers include: Blaise Aguera y Arcas, VP Fellow at Google Research; Refik Anadol, media artist; Yoshua Bengio, founder of the Quebec Institute of Artificial Intelligence and a pioneer in deep learning; Stephen Cave, Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at Cambridge University; Sougwen Chung, artist; Ted Chiang, science fiction author; Lucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Officer at Microsoft; Garry Kasparov, former world chess champion, author, and human rights defender; Anja Kaspersen, former director of United Nations for Disarmament Affairs; Tenzin Priyadarshi, President of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT; Κevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia and President of the Asia Society Policy Institute; Bing Song, Vice President and Director of Berggruen Institute China Center; Krista Tippett, founder of the On Being Project and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster; Liam Young, cofounder of the “Tomorrows Thoughts Today” think tank; Xiaowei Wang, creative director of Logic Magazine; and others.

Register today for the 2021 SNF Nostos Conference. Participation is free



On August 25th, SNF DIALOGUES, a series of events held through journalism nonprofit iMEdD (incubator for Media Education and Development), will host an open discussion as part of SNF Nostos on the topic of Humanity-AI Symbiosis in collaboration with the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

Guided by expert perspectives and driven by the audience’s curiosity, the DIALOGUES discussion will address the ethical, philosophical and social issues that arise from the use of developed AI systems in everyday life, and what the future holds for society and democracy. The event will feature a live discussion with an AI system, giving food for thought and setting the stage for further discussion, including a Q&A with young people at the end of the event.

The discussion will be moderated by journalist and SNF DIALOGUES Executive Director Anna-Kynthia Bousdoukou and SNF Agora Institute Director Hahrie Han.

Register today for the SNF DIALOGUES discussion. Participation is free.



It may be the most satisfying activity at the SNF Nostos celebration, and it’s certainly the sweatiest. On August 25th, the SNF Nostos Run returns with an opportunity to join other runners from all over Greece and around the world in shaking off those lockdown cobwebs. The run will be held in-person and will also include a virtual option.

Organization of the race is supervised by the nonprofit Regeneration & Progress and medical supervision is provided by the First Orthopedic Clinic at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA).

Registration for the SNF Nostos Run opens on June 23rd.



Artists from Greece and around the globe will present original works and installations that help us appreciate and rethink the world around us, including the mesmerizing potential artificial intelligence holds for humanity. Games, puzzles, and computer science conundrums will ignite curiosity and stretch brains of all ages. Electrifying musical acts will get us on our feet and moving to the beat.

Music from Burna Boy, The Casbah Club (aka Paul Simonon and Dan Donovan), Foteini Velesiotou, MEΛISSES, Nyege Nyege Festival, Alexia Vassiliou and Good Job Nicky! Performances by William Kentridge, Nikos Laaris, Ergon Ensemble with composer and turntable artist Shiva Feshareki and a commissioned dance performance by Beth Corning. Installations related to artificial intelligence from Lauren Lee Mcarthy, Harshit Agrawal, Annie Dorsen, and ARTWORKS. Breathtaking shows from Circus Abyssinia and The Chipolatas. A screening of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis with live score by The Anvil Orchestra. And our very own Nostos Hackathon and Minecraft challenge!

A full program will be available soon at


We look forward to seeing you this summer!

*nostos NOUN (from ancient Greek) A homecoming, especially after a long, difficult journey, such as the return of Odysseus and other Greeks after the Trojan War.


Each day starts at 09.00


The use of face mask and social distancing measures are mandatory in indoor and outdoor areas of the SNFCC, in accordance with Hellenic National Public Health Organization regulations.


Due to public health measures, there may be changes regarding either the staging of the event, or the maximum number of participants.

SNF Nostos is organized and made possible through the exclusive support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) and invites us all each summer to get together at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC). 

See also

Sunday 26/09, 18:30

Reading Club: Teenage Literature | Faster Than Dreams


Thursday 02/09, 21:00

Parklife: Whereswilder


Tuesday 31/08, 18:30

Reading Club: Teenage Literature | Mia Tigania Patates