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Award-Winning Journalist, Author, Media Personality and Human Rights Champion

Alexandra Pascalidou på omslaget till tidningen VÅGA från Svenska Kyrkan - Det är dags att vi berättar mammornas historia

Alexandra Pascalidou is a multiple award-winning media personality and human rights champion. Over the years, she has worked as a journalist, TV- and Radio presenter, producer, playwright, actress, speaker, moderator, and more. Human dignity and diversity is always at the core of her struggles.

Born in a laundry room, Alexandra grew up in a Greek village with her grandmother Sofia, who could neither read nor write. At the age of six she emigrated with her family to Rinkeby, the poorest and most stigmatised suburb in Sweden. You can read about Alexandra’s challenging journey from dictatorship to democracy and from a marginalised migrant family to the media scene in her award-winning, critically acclaimed autobiography “Beyond Mum’s Street”.

My Destiny was Sealed at Birth

I am three years old when I see my mother leaving on a blue bus.

I don’t know for how long.

I know she has to go.

I’m waving and smiling to hide my tears.

I don’t want to bother my mother.

She holds my baby sister in her arms.

She is leaving me behind with my grandmother, who I call mamá since my mother also calls her mamá and she’s my mother’s mother and the one who takes care of me when my mother is working in a yarn factory in Thessaloniki to support us.

Speaker & Moderator

Alexandra has gained wide recognition for her outstanding qualities as an engaging, motivating and thought provoking speaker. She recently received the “Speaker of the Year” award. Her experience ranges from giving keynote speeches at the European Council and the European Commission and speeches marking Sweden’s National Day and Christmas Eve for Swedish National TV, to lecturing tours for the Nordic Council of Minister, Spotify, Skanska, universities and international conferences from Iceland, Greenland and the Netherlands.

Author

Alexandra has published several critically acclaimed books in which she gives a voice to those who are rarely heard.

Bokomslag Mammorna av Alexandra Pascalidou

The Mothers (Mammorna)

We come from the mothers.

All mothers throughout history – from Mother Earth to the Virgin Mary and Mother Svea – have had one thing in common: they have rarely been given the chance to speak. Until now.

In this book Alexandra has given a voice to the voiceless and invisible mothers by letting them tell their stories with their own words. And with no holding back.

It’s time to listen to the mothers.

Bokomslag me too - Så går vi vidare - Röster, redskap och råd av Alexandra Pascalidou

Me Too – Moving Forward

Alexandra Pascalidou wanted to ensure that the issue became top priority on the political agenda. She published the first metoo-book in the world by collecting voices of the Swedish movement from women of all ages, professions, sexual preferences and cultural backgrounds.

In the book, authors, journalists, artists, influencers, politicians share their stories and advice on how to act if you have been victimized and how to prevent sexual harassment.

Theatre

Alexandra debuted as a playwright with the play Alexandra’s Odyssey.

From Dionysian orgies to the chaos of the crisis, inspired by her acclaimed book “Chaos – a Greek Dictionary on the Crisis”, Alexandra wrote this play where she takes us on a tumultuous and revealing journey where Greece both becomes the mirror and the playground of our contemporary crises.

Alexandra performed in the piece herself on the main stage of the Gothenburg City Theatre in a performance full of tragedy, comedy and music.

Alexandra Pascalidou debuterade som dramatiker med Alexandras Odyssé

Founder of the New Academy Prize in Literature

Alexandra Pascalidou grundare av Den Nya Akademien

Alexandra is the creator and co-founder of ”The New Academy”, an initiative launched in the spring of 2018 as a reaction to the scandals that engulfed the Swedish Academy, leading to the cancellation of the Nobel Prize in Literature. The initiative generated worldwide attention and was mentioned in The New York Times, The Guardian and CNN, among other news publications.

Den Nya Akademien

Awards & Nominations

Voted Speaker – Moderator of the Year, nominated for the August Prize, awarded the Bellman Prize and the The St Eriks Medal. Alexandra Pascalidou’s work for justice, equality, diversity and democracy has been praised, several times!

Awards & Achievements

Alexandra Pascalidou - Copyright Thron Ullberg

Travels

All you want is Greece!

Gastronomy & Wine routes

Food has long been an intrinsic part of Greek culture life and family traditions.

Nowadays Greeks are still making their own wine, traditional cheeses, cured meats, handcrafted marmalades, fresh yoghurt, “raki”, “Ouzo”, wood-fired bread and even artisan pasta in myriad shapes and flavours.

Athens Gastronomy. Photo: GNTO, K. Kouzouni
Athens Gastronomy. Photo: GNTO, K. Kouzouni

Welcome to Peloponnese, Elafonissos, Nafplio, Monemvasia, Lakoniki Mani and Ancient Olympia!

Visit Peloponnese, where Myth meets history, with monuments from every period of the eventful history, great archeological sites. See the battlefield between the Athenians and the Spartans. Enjoy one of the most romantic cities all over Greece, Nafplio. Visit the breathtaking medieval tower town located on the south-eastern coast of the Peloponnese. Welcome to Lakoniki Mani where you can see and enjoy stone built houses and impressive towers next to prickly pear cacti, dashing old tower villages, impressive caves, byzantine churches, beautiful beaches and unique local gastronomy. See the birthplace of the Olympic Games, Ancient Olympia!

Peloponnese, Elafonissos Beach Photo:GNTO/ Merakos
Peloponnese, Elafonissos Beach Photo:GNTO/ Merakos

Wellcome to Cyclades Islands, Santorini, Dodecanese, Ionian Islands, Alonissos and Skiathos!

Sailing in Cyclades Islands, Wedding & honeymoon in Santorini, Dodecanese – sunniest corner of Greece (Rhodes and Lipsi), Ionian Islands (Corfu (Kerkyra), Zakynthos, windsurfing in Lefkada, Kefalonia). Discover the Peristera shipwreck, The first underwater museum in Greece and visit Skiathos a paradise on earth!

Cyclades Islands - Photo: GNTO, archive
Cyclades Islands – Photo: GNTO, archive

Wellcome to Epirus, Sivota, Ioannina, Ithaca, Kefalonia and Lefkada!

Visit the mountains in Epirus, the charming city life and paradise beaches in Sivota, the capital of Epirus in Ioannina, travel to Odysseus’ island, Ithaca, the gem in the Ionian Sea, Kefalonia and visit the dozens of beaches of unsurpassed beauty crown the coastline of Lefkada!

Lefkada, Porto Katsiki beach Photo: GNTO Archive
Lefkada, Porto Katsiki beach Photo: GNTO Archive
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