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Actress Irene Papas Wins International Award

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Another international award will complete the collection of international distinctions for the renowned actress Irene Papas, who will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 40th International Theatre Festival of the Venice Biennale on February 20. The Board of Directors of the Venice Biennale chose Papas upon recommendation of Director Maurizio Scaparro “for being one of Europe’s most famous artists who over her 50-year career has played important female roles in theatre and in film (many in classical tragedy), becoming, in the eyes of the world, the spokeswoman and symbol of the Mediterranean culture, the very incarnation of the power of Greek tragedy.” Irene Papas was born in 1926 and began her career in Greece (she was discovered by Elia Kazan), achieving widespread fame there, before starring in internationally renowned films such as “The Guns of Navarone,” (video) “Zorba the Greek, Costas Gavras’ “Z, and recent ones such as “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

Digital Archives in Greece

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) The Hellenic Literary and Historical Archives (E.L.I.A.) have initiated a programme of digitising its archives, called “Digitisation, Utilisation, Projection of E.L.I.A.’s Cultural Societies.” It implements the scientific documentation and digitisation of photographs and postcards, newspapers, periodicals and calendars, theatre, cinema and music, totalling 84,500 records. In addition, the programme consists of a multilingual, digitised publication entitled “Photographers – Greek and foreigners –in Greece during the 19th and 20th centuries (1839 – 1960)” and the development of a website on the subject: “Everyday life in Greece viewed through E.L.I.A.’s archives.”