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Słynny wrak z Antykithiry w Muzeum Archeologicznym w Atenach (6/4/2012 – 28/4/2013)

Niemal wszystkie zabytkowe przedmioty, które wyciągnięto ze słynnego wraku z Antykithiry (378 obiektów) w okresie 1900-1901 oraz 1976 prezentowane są po raz pierwszy na nowej, czasowej wystawie Narodowego Muzeum Archeologicznego w Atenach (otwarcie wystawy 6 kwietnia 2012, czynna do 28 kwietnia 2013 ).
Stary wrak namierzyła w roku 1900 grupa poławiaczy gąbek z wyspy Symi, którzy podjęli się wydobycia ładunku ze statku w rok później przy pomocy okrętów Królewskiej Marynarki Wojennej, zaś druga faza prac miała miejsce w 1976 r. Podczas wydobywania wraku z głębiny w pracach uczestniczyła grupa archeologiczna przy wsparciu Calypso – oceanograficznego statku Jacquesa Cousteau.
Pieczę nad wystawą sprawuje dyrektor Muzeum, Nikos Kalcas. 
Eksponaty podzielono na użytek wystawy na cztery grupy. Pierwsza z nich to „Tło historyczne wydobycia wraku – u zarania archeologii morskiej”. Obejmuje ona chronologię prac wydobywczych i konserwacji pierwszych cennych znalezisk, takich jak państwowe dokumenty oraz ówczesne publikacje prasowe, związane z tematem. W drugiej grupie, zatytułowanej: „Statek, późniejszy wrak – jego wielkość, załoga i pasażerowie” przedstawiane są szczątki ładowni z ołowianą powłoką zewnętrzną i innymi elementami jej wyposażenia (system odprowadzania wody z ładowni, urządzenia pomiarowe- mierniki głębokości i in.). Jak wynika z zachowanych szczątków – ale też ładunku- wrak był statkiem handlowym (gr. olkas, łac. navis oneraria), o szacunkowej nośności 300 ton.  
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Farewell to Iakovos Kambanellis

Iakovos Kambanellis, one of the most prominent figures of post-war Greek literature, died yesterday at the age of 89.
Kambanellis was born on the island of Naxos and studied design in Athens. During the Nazi occupation of Greece in WW2 he became actively involved in the Resistance movement. He was arrested by the German occupying forces in 1943 and was sent to Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp, from which he was liberated by the Allied Forces in 1945.
His legendary Mauthausen novel, which describes his experience as a concentration camp survivor, was set to music by Mikis Theodorakis and became one of the most influential works in Greek culture.
He wrote more than twenty plays and twelve film scripts, including Stella by Michael Cacoyannis and The Dragon by Nikos Koundouros. In an announcement, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism expressed deep regret for Kambanellis’ passing, noting that the deceased defined the style of post-war Greek theatre, adding that his works were deeply loved by the Greek audience, as they soberly and truthfully depicted the reality of life in Greece, its difficulties and joys.
ERT Digital Archive: Iakovos Kambanellis – Part 1& Part 2 (in Greek) [VIDEO]
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)

Greece in Eurovision 2009

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Greek pop singer Sakis Rouvas and “This is our night” is Greece’s entry for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Moscow in May. The lyrics for the song are written by the Greek Australian musical composers and songwriters Craig Porteils (born Craig Portelis) and Cameron Giles-Webb. Sakis Rouvas (37) represented Greece in 2004 with “Shake It” and won third. The singer has been active in the Greek and Cypriot music business since 1991, and over this period has launched over a dozen of successful albums, selling an estimated two million copies. The night the song was selected at a live show hosted by the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), viewers from 66 countries tuned in for the webcast of the Greek show. See also You Tube: Sakis Rouvas- This Is Our Night LIVE performance     Greek reporter: Greek-Australians write Greece’s Eurovision Song (18.02.09) 

Award to the Greek Film: “The Secret of the Snake Goddess”

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   The film titled “The Secret of the Snake Goddess” is a Canadian – German – Greek co-production. The Greek company Anemon Productions and the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) have produced it and the documentary has won awards in Canada and Greece.  It will be broadcast by the slot “Doc on Air” by the Hellenic Broadcast Corporation’s channel ET-1 on January 5, 2009. This is the story of the discovery of Knossos and the Minoans by Sir Arthur Evans in the beginning of the 20th century. Following Canadian archaeologist Alexander MacGillivray, the documentary travels from Crete to Boston, New York and Toronto, to discover the secrets behind the most famous Minoan masterpieces. Film Awards: Yorkton Film & Video Festival (May 2008), Golden Sheaf Award for Best Documentary – History; International Science Film Festival: Athena Award – Special Mention of Art  J. Alexander MacGillivray: Minotaur: Sir Arthur Evans and the Archaeology of the Minoan Myth (New York: Hill and Wang, 2000).

Greek Foreign Ministry: “An Afghan Odysseus”

The awarded documentary “Qadir: An Afghan Odysseus” officially premiered on October 29, and a message from Minister Dora Bakoyannis was read out during a press conference to mark the occasion. The film tracks the nine-year journey of a young Afghan immigrant as he tries to make his life in Greece. In her message, Bakoyannis hailed the final effort as “a programme of developmental cooperation that seeks to sensitize western societies to the problems of the developing world, to show understanding for difference and the importance of encouraging return through developmental activities.”  Co-financed by Hellenic Aid and the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), the film was screened at the ministry, in the presence of Afghan Deputy Culture Minister Omar Sultan. The filming of the documentary – that received 1st Prize at the International Roma Fiction Festival (Factual Section)- took place in Greece and Afghanistan. In an overview of Greek developmental diplomacy over the last five years, Secretary General for International Economic Relations and Development Cooperation Theodoros Skylakakis pointed out that Greece had given more than €60 million to Afghanistan’s reconstruction in that time, financing initiatives including emergency aid, health, education, preserving peace and culture.  Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Qadir – An Afghan Odysseus 

News in Polish from the Greek Radio

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Through its successful European course, Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation” ERT – from a sending country of migrants in the 1960s – became a recipient country for workers from all corners of the globe. The radical changes in the country’s cultural and social map took place in a very short period of time and constituted a challenge for everyone. The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (www.ert.gr) offers news in 12 languages through its multilingual radio programme “FILIA” (“friendship” in Greek). The news is broadcast in Arabic, Russian, Romanian, Turkish, Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian, Albanian, German, Spanish, French, Polish, and English. FILIA Program (665 ΑΜ): Daily Programme Schedule; Saturday Programme Schedule; Sunday Programme Schedule

Greek Director won Best Documentary Award

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)     Greek director Anneta Papathanassiou won the Best Documentary Award at the 2008 Roma Fiction Fest on July 12 in Rome, in the competitive section, for her documentary “Qadir, Enas Afghanos Odysseas” (Qadir, an Afghani Odysseus/Ulysses). The awarded documentary is a co-production with the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), with the support of the, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the production company Orizontas Greek Film Centre and Al-Jazeera.  Express.gr: Greek director wins Best Documentary award at Roma Fiction Fest; Secretariat General of Information: World Media on Greece – Culture and Education