Constantine Cavafy (Source: Stephanos Geroulanos, Günther Demski, Vassiliki Pena,  Münzen und Poesie , Skira, Wien 2006, p.2)

Every year UNESCO participates in the commemorations of historic events and in the anniversaries of eminent personalities celebrated by Member States and Associate Members, in order to give them worldwide significance. This year UNESCO, recognizing the international appeal and impact of Constantine Cavafys poetry, has agreed to be associated with the 150th anniversary from his birth.. 



150th anniversary of the birth of Constantine Cavafy, poet (1863-1933)

Constantine P. Cavafy (1863-1933), a Greek gentleman in a straw hat, standing absolutely motionless at a slight angle to the universe (E.M. Forster) was a renowned Greek poet who lived in Alexandria. Poems by Cavafy appeared only in pamphlets, privately printed booklets and broadsheets during his lifetime. The first publication in book form was (Poems) published posthumously in 1935. Cavafy was instrumental in the revival and recognition of Greek poetry. He is also credited with establishing many facets of 20th century European poetry. He has been praised by critics for his original use of language and skill at merging historical subjects with modern sentiment to create a universal statement. According to Marguerite Yourcenar, whose early work reflects Cavafys intimist themes, He is one of the greatest, the most accurate, perhaps the most pioneering. E.M. Forster, who published an essay on Cavafy (The Poetry of C.P. Cavafy) as early as 1919, dedicated the second edition of Alexandria: A History and a Guide (1938) to the Alexandria born poet and reviewed John Mavrogordatos translation of Cavafys Poems, [first published in The Listener (July 5, 1951)], praises him for his unique use of language, and W.H. Auden, in introducing one of the first English editions of his Complete Poems, writes: Ever since I was first introduced to his poetry (), C.P Cavafy has remained an influence on my own writing; that is to say, I can think of poems which, if Cavafy were unknown to me, I should have written quite differently or perhaps not written at all.

( http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/anniversaries-celebrated-by-member-states/2013/)


The National Commissions for UNESCO are promoting the 150thAnniversary of the birth of Constantine Cavafy

  1. The National Commission for UNESCO for Azerbaijan
  2. The Egyptian National Commission for UNESCO (http://www.egnatcom.org.eg/ )
  3. The Italian National Commission for UNESCO
    ( http://www.unesco.it/cni/ )
  4. The Flemish Commission for UNESCO in Belgium
  5. The Hungarian National Commission for UNESCO
    (http://www.unesco.hu/ )
  6. The National Commission for UNESCO of Portugal
    (http://www.unesco.pt/ )
  7. The National Commission for UNESCO of Lebanon (http://www.lncu.org/index.php/en/ )
  8. The Chilean National Commission for UNESCO
    ( http://www.comisionunesco.cl/ )