Rhodes Conference Information
On Miracle Ground XIII
Durrell on Rhodes: The Spirit of Myth
Informal Gathering (Sunday, June 27 6:00- 8:00 pm)
It has become a tradition at Durrell conferences to begin with an informal gathering the evening before the formal opening of the conference to give conference participants an opportunity to connect with old friends and to make new ones. This year we will meet at the Acteon Cafe in Mondraki Harbor in the New Town between 6:00 and 8:00 in the evening. The Acteon is a large, well-known open air cafe with trees located near the post office and next to the courthouse facing the harbor (see map). We look forward to meeting you there on Sunday evening.
The Banquet (Thursday, July 1 8pm 30?)
We have selected the Alexis Four Seasons restaurant as the site of the conference banquet. The Alexis Four Seasons is located at 33 Aristotelos street in the Old Town (between Hippocratus Square and the Jewish Martyrs Square - see map). The Four Seasons has promised us delicious food. Music will be provided by the blind folk singer Ka Katholika and her group. The cost of the banquet will be 30? per person which we will collect when you register for the conference. Everyone, including the people traveling with you, is welcome to join us at the banquet.
Excursions (Tuesday June 29 and Friday July 2)
We have planned two excursions for conference participants. These excursions will be free for conference registrants. Non-registrants will be able to purchase tickets on space available basis at the conference. On Tuesday afternoon we will visit the ancient city of Lindos and I am assured that there will be adequate time for shopping or swimming before we return. On Friday, we will visit several of the sites described in Reflection on a Marine Venus including Cameirus (Kamiros), the shrine of Saint Soulis at Soroni, and the castle at Monolithos. Lunch is included with Friday's excursion.
Because the Rhodes conference provides an easy forum for the exchange of books, articles and other scholarly materials across continents (and because we would like to raise a little money for the Durrell society), we will reserve space to display and offer for sale a wide variety of materials of interest to conference participants. To make this auction a success, we are asking you to donate a single copy of a book, article, or monograph you've written about Durrell or one of his circle, or that second copy (which you really don't need) of a Durrell or any other title or picture or whatever that would be of interest to Durrellians. If you are coming to the conference, just bring your contribution to the auction with you. The proceeds of the sale will be used to finance the activities of the society and to build an endowment to ensure that the society can continue to operate with financial security in the future. Please find something you'd like to donate and bring it with you to Rhodes.
Much more is planned in addition to the excursions and banquet. We will visit the Villa Cleobolus and celebrate the career of Edmund Keeley at the Nestoridion Maelathron (100 Palms Square), the new Contemporary Art Museum of Rhodes. Penelope Durrell has produced a new film of the Soroni festival (see the last chapter of Reflections) which will be shown on Thursday. There is much more. We will see you on Rhodes.