Yo-Yo MA, the world renowned cello player, organized a unique event at Athens, in the summer of 2019 together with the Heritage Management Organization and Baumstrasse and this organization was hosted in the gardens of the Athens Observatory.
Other speakers included professor Andreas Papandreou Jr. and former minister of culture of Greece Lydia Koniordou.
The theme was democracy, focusing on the Funeral Oration. (The speech was delivered by Pericles, an eminent Athenian politician, at the end of the first year of the Peloponnesian War (431–404 BCE) as a part of the annual public funeral for the war dead. (The Funeral Oration is significant because it differs from the usual form of Athenian funeral speeches. David Cartwright describes it as "a eulogy of Athens itself...".The speech glorifies Athens' achievements, designed to stir the spirits of a state still at war.