In Athens new businesses are flourishing, the art scene is thriving and these factors are compelling a generation of diaspora talent to return home, as well as luring ambitious global entrepreneurs. These creative players are investing in hospitality, design, technology and manufacturing as the city seals its position as the most open, thriving outpost in the eastern Mediterranean.
And it’s this mix of incredible potential, deep talent and emerging regional influence that Monocle will explore during our Quality of Life Conference there. A big dose of sunshine, good food and optimism also made it clear that this would be an amazing host city. As mayor Kostas Bakoyannis puts it, “This is the moment for Athens.”
There is no substitute for in-person networking. Monocle’s Quality of Life Conference will bring key players from diplomacy to design and hospitality to prove that live events still move our world.
The main conference venue will be The Benaki Museum, built in the 1960s and used as a car warehouse before being turned into a cutting-edge cultural centre. The museum is home to the Modern Greek Architecture Archives and the Photographic Archives and is located in one of the most ancient and quickly developing areas in Athens.