Διάλεξη της προϊσταμένης του Γραφείου Τύπου στο Πανεπιστήμιο του Πόζναν για την βενετοκρατούμενη Κρήτη (22/2/2013)

Διάλεξη με θέμα «Η περίοδος της βενετοκρατίας στην Κρήτη» έδωσε η προϊσταμένη του Γραφείου Τύπου Βαρσοβίας, Μαρία Μονδέλου, στο Πανεπιστήμιο του Πόζναν στις 22 Φεβρουαρίου.
Η διάλεξη πραγματοποιήθηκε ύστερα από πρόσκληση του Τμήματος Νεοελληνικής Φιλολογίας του Πανεπιστημίου του Poznan “Adam Mickiewicz”, με πρωτοβουλία τoυ λέκτορα Νεοελληνικής Φιλολογίας, Χρήστου Μπιντούδη.
Στο πλαίσιο διαλέξεων της Μ. Μονδέλου σε πολωνικά πανεπιστήμια στη διάρκεια του εκάστοτε ακαδημαϊκού έτους από το 2009 και εξής, η συγκεκριμένη ομιλία απευθυνόταν σε μέλη του διδακτικού και επιστημονικού προσωπικού, φοιτητές και μεταπτυχιακούς φοιτητές του Τμήματος Νεοελληνικής Γλώσσας και Λογοτεχνίας του Πανεπιστημίου του Πόζναν.
Poland 316 Ως προς το περιεχόμενο της διάλεξης, στο πρώτο μέρος παρουσιάστηκαν τα σημαντικότερα ορόσημα των μακραίωνων ελληνο-βενετικών σχέσεων, ποικίλες όψεις της ιστορίας της βενετοκρατίας στον ελληνικό χώρο, καθώς και τα χαρακτηριστικά της βενετικής κυριαρχίας, ενώ επισημάνθηκαν συμπεράσματα των σύγχρονων ερευνών, οι οποίες αποδεικνύουν την ύπαρξη ενός κοινού ελληνο-βενετικού πολιτισμού, καρπού της δυτικής και της βυζαντινής παράδοσης.
Αναλύθηκαν τα κύρια γνωρίσματα της ιστορίας μίας από τις σημαντικότερες βενετικές κτήσεις, της Κρήτης, καθώς και τα χαρακτηριστικά των τεσσάρων μεγαλύτερων πόλεων της εποχής (Χάνδακας, Χανιά, Ρέθυμνο, Σητεία). Ιδιαίτερη αναφορά έγινε στη λεγόμενη «Κρητική Αναγέννηση» και σε επιτεύγματα του βενετο-κρητικού πολιτισμού της ύστερης περιόδου (με ενδεικτικά παραδείγματα από την λογοτεχνία, την ποίηση, την ζωγραφική, το θέατρο, την αρχιτεκτονική κλπ.).
Poznan 9 Στη συνέχεια, παρουσιάστηκαν συνοπτικά τα κυριότερα χαρακτηριστικά της βενετικής κυριαρχίας στη Σητεία (πόλη και ύπαιθρος), κυρίως κατά την ύστερη περίοδο της βενετοκρατίας (16ος και 17ος αι.), οι θεσμοί που εισήγαγε η Βενετία στην πόλη, η κοινωνική διαστρωμάτωση της πόλης και της υπαίθρου, οι κοινωνικές σχέσεις, τα χαρακτηριστικά της οικονομίας, η μορφή της πόλης και ο τρόπος ζωής των κατοίκων. Ειδική μνεία έγινε σε ιστορικά στοιχεία για τον καταγόμενο από την Σητεία Βιτσέντζο Κορνάρο, τον πιθανολογούμενο ως ποιητή του Ερωτόκριτου, έργο το οποίο αποτελεί αντικείμενο σπουδών των φοιτητών του Τμήματος Νεοελληνικής Φιλολογίας.
Παρουσιάστηκαν, επίσης, στους φοιτητές αντίγραφα ανέκδοτων χειρογράφων της εποχής και αναγνώστηκε τμήμα του περιεχομένου τους, ενώ ενημερώθηκαν και για την δράση του μοναδικού ερευνητικού ιδρύματος της Ελλάδας στο εξωτερικό, του Ελληνικού Ινστιτούτου Βυζαντινών και Μεταβυζαντινών Σπουδών Βενετίας, όπου η Μ. Μονδέλου υπήρξε υπότροφος-ερευνήτρια.

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Greece beats 2012 deficit targets

According to an official announcement issued on January 10 by the Ministry of Finance, Greece has beaten budget and primary deficit targets for 2012.
stournaras123The data indicate a state budget deficit of €15.908 billion, compared to a target of €16.312 billion deficit. The report on government budget execution also showed a primary deficit of €3,684 billion, as opposed to a target of €4.577 billion.
Compared to the previous year, the budget deficit fell by €6.866 billion, while the primary deficit is also lower by €2.742 billion, with the state budget balance shrinking by 30.1% compared to 2011.This was due to drastic expenditure cutbacks, which counterbalanced a shortfall in revenues attributed to the reduced inflow of funds from the EU toward the Public Investment Programme.
State budget spending was €355 million lower compared to the target fixed in the national budget.
In a related development, Haris Theoharis head of Finance ministry’s General Secretariat of Information Systems was also appointed to the post of permanent a General Secretary for state revenues, it was announced on January 9.
Ministry of Finance: Announcement on 2012 Budget Execution (in Greek) & Report on 12-month Budget Execution (in Greek); Greek News Agenda: Primary Budget Record Surplus
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)

“Europejski Dzień Języków” (Warszawa, 24-29/9/2012) – Udział Biura Prasowego

Biuro Prasowe Ambasady Grecji w Warszawie kolejny raz uczestniczyło w „Europejskim Dniu Języków 2012” – serii wydarzeń kulturalnych, które miały miejsce w Warszawie w dniach 24-29 września i miały za cel popularyzację wiedzy na temat kulturowego i językowego dziedzictwa Europy.
Organizacją zajęło się 18 państw – członków EUNIC Cluster Warszawa (European Union National Institutes of Culture). Wśród nich znalazło się Biuro Prasowe Ambasady Grecji, instytucje kulturalne i ambasady krajów europejskich jak również inne instytucje m.in. Przedstawicielstwo Komisji Europejskiej w Polsce, Biuro Informacyjne Parlamentu Europejskiego w Polsce, Fundacja Rozwoju Systemu Edukacji, Uniwersytet Warszawski.
Program (www.edj.waw.pl) składał się z konferencji, lekcji pokazowych, seminariów, festiwalu filmów europejskich, warsztatów teatralnych, gier miejskich, pikniku językowego i innych.
Program greckich wydarzeń zawierał:

  • Lekcję pokazową języka nowogreckiego, która odbyła się 25 września w Instytucie Kultury Polskiej Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego.
  • Greckie stoisko informacyjne, które 25 września w godzinach 9-15 znajdowało się na Kampusie Głównym Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, gdzie udzielano informacji o Grecji i języku nowogreckim.
  • Pokaz filmu „Diolkos 1500 lat” 24 września podczas festiwalu filmowego zorganizowanego przez Rosyjski Ośrodek Nauki i Kultury w Warszawie w dniach 24-27 września.
  • Zabawę z językiem nowogreckim w ramach gry miejskiej, która miała miejsce 29 września.

Inne wydarzenia, które zorganizowano w tygodniu 24-29 września to: dwudniowa konferencja „ICT and Social Media in Language Education”, warsztaty teatralne, gry miejskie oraz konkursy internetowe. W tym roku projekt przyciągnął wielu uczniów i innych odwiedzających i z całą pewnością był idealną okazją do poznania języka i kultury greckiej.

“European Day of Languages 2012” (Warsaw, 24-29/9/2012)-Events of the Press Office (24-25 & 29/9/2012)

The Press Office of the Greek Embassy in Warsaw participates in “European Day of Languages” events, that will take place in Warsaw (24- 29 September 2012).
Various events will be open to the public, including screenings of films, such as “Diolkos – for 1.500 years” (25 September, 13.00 p.m, Russian Cultural Institute, RONIK). 
A special stand promoting Greek tourism 
will provide information and material at the University campus of the Old Library  on the 25th of September.
A demo-lesson of Greek language is, also, included in the programme on the 25th September.
Finally the Greek language will be promoted through the city game organised on the 29th September.
26 Cultural Institutes and Embassies of European countries, the European Commission (Representation in Poland), FRSE, the University of Warsaw, the Municipality of Warsaw, the Polish Ministries of Culture and Education take part in this year`s project.
“European Day of Languages” events include an  international conference on ”ICT and Social Media in Language Education”, city game, language picnic, theatre workshops etc..
For more information about the programme of “European Days of Languages 2012″: www.edj.waw.pl

“Opera of the Summer” / “Opera Lata” (15th September 2012) – Participation of the Press Office with the film “Diolkos”

September 15th, 2012,
From 15.30  to 01.00
Park around the Ujazdowski Castle

Open-air music and film evening

Summer Opera is an interdisciplinary outdoor event, entirely devoted to ‘the joy of music’ in a broad perspective: to create music, to listen to it, to understand it, to appreciate it and to dance on it.
Summer Opera is the follow-up of last year’s “Awakening of the summer” which was organized by the network of national institutes for culture and embassies in Warsaw: “EUNIC Warszawa” and CCA Zamek Ujazdowski and which brought 3000 persons to the castle on a warm midsummer night.
This year, once again, the gracious environment of the Castle will transform into a lively European boulevard and the keyword is ‘Opera’. Opera’ in the sense of a spectacular synthesis of arts; combining various elements, often surprising and sometimes disturbing, but always fascinating. The main role in the Summer Opera will be played by cinematography. 3 screens will show documentaries devoted to musicians, music and instruments. There will be animation- and feature films as well as music videos from several European countries and even a silent film. Feel like doing it? There will be a voice-workshop, lessons in Irish dancing, you can make music on what needs to be recycled and – of course – the opera brings also a music workshop for children and parents. Workshops are dedicated to everyone: those talented and those who cannot sing or play.
An Opera is not an Opera without a choir and an orchestra! Therefore on stage: Małe Instrumenty (Poland), Alfredo Costa Monteiro (Portugal) and Anthony Chorale (The Netherlands) and in the late hours: DJ Disco DJ Partizanti (Poland) and DJ PM Misha (Portugal).
For the hungry and thirsty the opera will serve Hungarian, Portuguese and Czech delights and more, more, more!
The opera brings thunder and lightning, but in case the weather is not in harmony with the opera, we will go inside. 
Workshops are open for everyone. No registration needed.
Detailed information on the websites of the organizers and on facebook.

Organizers:

EUNIC Warszawa (European Union National Institutes for Culture): Embassy of Greece – Press Office, Delegation Wallonie-Brussels (Embassy of Belgium), Embassy of Ireland, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Austrian Cultural Forum, Czech Center, Danish Cultural Institute, Instituto Camões, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Goethe Institute, Bulgarian Cultural Institute, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Romanian Cultural Institute, the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Warsaw
and:
Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle / KINO.LAB
Admission Free

The Press Office of the Greek Embassy invites you to the screening of the film “Diolkos”, at 18.30 in KINO.LAB.

A movie for the Diolkos of Corinth

1.500 years since the construction and use of the Corinthian Diolkos, the Technical Chamber of Greece in collaboration with the Society for the Study of Ancient Greek Technology, created a movie presenting one of the greatest innovations of technical civilization of Ancient Greece.
The 22 min. film, created with the use of 3D animations, represents one of the most important technological monuments of Greek civilization, Diolkos: an overland route for the transfer of ships between the Saronic and Corinthian gulfs along the Isthmus (Corinth), when there was no strait. The film offers many other technical details, but also extensive scenes of marine life in antiquity: gaming, visit at the Temple of Poseidon, fun time in a pub, the construction of Hydraulis (hydraulic, water music instrument) and an emotional confrontation.

International Court of Justice Ruling on Distomo Case

In an announcement, issued on February 3, concerning an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling upholding Germany’s position, that it enjoys state immunity from being sued in foreign courts by victims of Nazi atrocities during World War II, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that the Greek government will study this Judgement closely, in the light of its firm and longstanding position that the matter of German compensations remains open.
The judgement affects the case of the south-central Greek village of Distomo, where Nazi troops killed 214 civilians on June 10, 1944, one of the numerous instances of WWII atrocities in occupied Greece. The court case concerned the confiscation of German property on Italian soil for reparations to be paid to victims of Distomo.

  • MPs Raise War Reparations Issue

Meanwhile, in Athens, 28 MPs from PASOK, New Democracy (ND), Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) as well as independent deputies tabled a motion in Parliament requesting a discussion on issues concerning the so-called German occupation loan from Greece during WWII, as well as the issue of war reparations to victims of Nazi atrocities and stolen treasures from the country.
In a letter addressed to the presidents of competent parliamentary committees, the MPs called on Parliament to adopt a clear stance on this “crucial national issue.”
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)

Tribute to poet Odysseus Elytis

On November 2, 2011 Greece commemorates the 100th anniversary since the birth of poet laureate Odysseus Elytis. To mark the centenary of his birth, 2011 has been designated as Elytis Year by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Odysseus Elytis was born in Heraklion, Crete on November 2, 1911 and died in Athens on March 18, 1996.
A major poet in Greek language, Elytis is also one of the outstanding international figures of 20th-century poetry. Elytis’ poetry has marked, through an active presence of over forty years, a broad spectrum of subjects with a rarefied and passionate stylistic touch. The first collections of poetry (Orientations, 1939, and Sun the First, 1943) are joyous and radiant, celebrating the Greek landscape as an ideal world of sensual enjoyment and moral purity.
His experience of the war in 1940s marks a departure from the sunny atmosphere of his early youth and poetry, colouring his long poem Heroic and Elegiac Song for the Lost Second Lieutenant of Albania (1943). The attempt of Elytis to identify himself with the nation and speak for himself and also for his country reaches its peak with Axion Esti (‘Worthy It Is,’ 1959), his central and most ambitious work for which he was awarded the 1979 Nobel Prize for Literature.
His experience of the war in 1940s marks a departure from the sunny atmosphere of his early youth and poetry, colouring his long poem Heroic and Elegiac Song for the Lost Second Lieutenant of Albania (1943). The attempt of Elytis to identify himself with the nation and speak for himself and also for his country reaches its peak with Axion Esti (‘Worthy It Is,’ 1959), his central and most ambitious work for which he was awarded the 1979 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Centenary Celebrations
The Athens Concert Hall is paying tribute to Odysseus Elytis by holding a two-day (October 31 to November 1) international conference titled Odysseus Elytis: The 20th century in the poetry of Elytis. The poetry of Elytis in the 21st century, exploring new approaches in the interpretation of his work.
On November 2 and 3, there will be an event of original music by George Kouroupos under the title Odysseus Elytis’ This Small, this Great World!, with poetry and prose set to music, representing the main facets of the work of Odysseus Elytis: lyricism, a restless spirit of inquiry, courage, spirituality, sensation and true emotions. Continue reading