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Shops at Museums in Greece

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Visitors may explore Greek history and art through a huge collection of items on sale at nine shops (www.museumshop.gr) of the Hellenic Culture Organisation located at museums and archaeological sites throughout the country. Divided into two main categories of replicas and modern applications, the items are of aesthetic value highlighting the timelessness and distinctiveness of ancient Greek civilization. The replicas of significant works of ancient art on display at Greek museums bear seals of authenticity and the signature of the Ministry of Culture. The items at each store are inspired by the artefacts on display at the museums. Visitors to the National Archaeological Museum and the Acropolis Museum may find replicas of masterpieces dating from prehistoric and classical times, while the Vergina Museum has items inspired from Macedonian works. Statues, pottery, portraits, coins and jewellery have all been made according to traditional and modern techniques. The other museums are: Delos, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Ancient Olympia, Knossos, and Delphi. [Photo: The Head of Aphrodite in Benaki Museum]

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Reviving the Delphical Ideal

delphixo1(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   The 5th Summer School and the 1st International Symposium titled: “Nature and Morality: Dialogue for the Survival” is currently taking place in Delphi from July 12 until July 18.     The establishment of these scientific meetings began in 2005 in the context of a Revival of Delphical Ideal. The aim of this year’s scientific encounter is to discuss the contribution of Hellenic thought in resolving contemporary problems of the modern world.  The events are organised by the Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Municipality of DelphiAggelos Sikelianos –one of the major Greek contemporary poets – was the first one who was inspired to revive the Delphic Idea, as a tribute to humanity. In this effort, Sikelianos put together the Delphic Festival in 1927 and in 1930. In honour of his memory, the European Cultural Centre of Delphi restored his house in Delphi, where today is located the Museum of Delphic Festivals.

Greece: Think Tanks

delfoixrismos3GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  As part of its European seminars, the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) organized an international high-level conference entitled: “The Delphic Oracle on Europe: Politics and Policies.”  A group of approximately 40 leading academics, practitioners, and journalists analysed and evaluated the outcome of the 2009 European elections and debated the re-definition of economic governance in the EU in light of the current global crisis. Moreover, they focused on Europe’s global role in a rapidly changing international environment, the perspectives for a “Green Europe,” and the future of the Lisbon Treaty. The conference took place from June 25 until June 28, in Delphi, Greece.

International meeting on Ancient Drama

Delphi(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) The European Cultural Centre of Delphi is holding the 14th International meeting on ancient drama “Xenos-Metic” from July 3 to11. The theme of the meeting is the concept of the ‘outsider’ – whether foreigner, resident alien, exile or refugee – in ancient drama. The international meetings of the European Cultural Centre of Delphi on ancient drama began in 1984, and since 1995 have been organised biennially. They include theatrical performances, symposia, exhibitions, and other parallel events, which are organised in collaboration with several international festivals and artistic institutions from Greece and around the world. See also Athens Plus (19.6.09): Outsiders, foreigners, refugees [ p. 22]

Greek Islands: Sifnos / Cyclades

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)    A grey landscape of rock, broken up here and there by a gleaming white chapel, is the first impression on visitors as the ferry draws into the harbour of the island of Sifnos. On a plateau six kilometers from the port, one encounters a unique spectacle: the whole of the plateau is covered with sparkling white villages which virtually blend into one another. The island was famous in ancient times for the wealth, which came from its gold and silver mines and the quarries of Sifnos stone. It enjoyed great prosperity in classical times, as can be seen from its treasury, dedicated to Apollo at Delphi.     More info: Tourist Guide