The magical night of 30 May will be remembered as the night when Alpha Mission’s great journey to the stars began. Amidst the Cycladic breeze and surrounded by ancient fragments in the frame of the Greek spring, the great soloists Diana Tishchenko and Socratis Sinopoulos as well as the new generation of musicians of the European Youth Orchestra (EUYO) honed their instruments to send a resounding message of awareness to the ends of the earth.
Delos, the timeless landmark site for humanity, is already suffering from climate change and sea level rise. And if we lose Delos, we will be deprived of light. Alpha Mission-Delos’ message came to remind us that in order to flourish and grow branches that will reach out into space, we need to preserve and care for our roots first.
In the Garden of the Megaron Athens Concert Hall , young and old alike enjoyed the “[uncertain] Four Seasons” and had the opportunity to listen to the speech of NASA Astrophysicist and Academic Stamatis Krimizis. The event was also attended by the Minister of Culture and Sports, Lina Mendoni, and the Deputy Minister of Environment and Energy, George Amyras.
The concert was broadcast live from Delos on giant screens on many Aegean islands and abroad. In Mykonos, Paros, Naxos and Syros, residents and tourists curiously stood around the screens and indulged in the mystical spectacle, taking with them the message of awareness-raising.
In Venice, the kindred place of Delos, also badly affected by climate change, the screens were set up in the Greek church of San Lorenzo with people meeting around the round table of reflection on our common future.
Thousands of people around the world met in an imaginary round table around the music emitted by Delos and Alpha Mission, synchronised in the same breath, with the same anxiety about the climate future of humanity. Thousands of people around the world – communicators of the message – are ambassadors of the change signalled by Alpha Mission’s journey.