Events during the European Football Championship – Participation of the Press Office

On the occasion of the European Football Championship “EURO 2012”, organized in Poland and Ukraine from 8th June until 1st July, the Press Office participated in several events.  

  • “Cultural Week of Greeks in Poland” (Warsaw. 2-8 June 2012) 
    The events, that took place at “Galleria Freta” in the historical center of Warsaw, were organized by the musician of Greek origin Milo Kurtis and under the auspices of the Greek Embassy in Warsaw.
    They included concerts, exhibitions of paintings, sculptures and photographs, films, classes of Greek dances, a theater performance, a debate on Greece`s current affairs, gastronomy etc.
    Several musicians, such as Milo Kurtis and “Naxos Quintet”, Kostas Georgiadis and the group “Edesea”, Apostolis Anthimos, Jorgos Skolias and “Sefardic Trio”, Maja Sikorowska, the group ‘Olympus’, several artists, such as the sculptor Christos Mandzios, the painter Michalis Chrisoulidis and the photographer Kostas Kawardzis, the film director Athena Savidis, the journalist Dionysios Sturis, the philosopher and musician Ilias Vrazas, the byzantine choir of the orthodox church of St. Mary Magdalene in Warsaw, were among those who have performed during the cultural week. 
  • Greek Embassy`s event in honour of the Greek National Football Team (Warsaw, 9 June 2012) 
    Representatives of business, academic and artistic sectors of Greeks in Poland, Polish academics, journalists and representatives of Polish authorities, Greek journalists covering the participation of the Greek football team in “Euro 2012”, the General Secretary of Sports, Panos Bitsaxis, were among the participants. 
  • Celebrations of Legionowo City hosting the Greek National Football Team (Legionowo, 2 June 2012)
    A ceremony during which the official city-keys of Legionowo were handed over to the charge d`affaires of the Greek Embassy, Stavros Spyridakis. 
  • Polish Railways’ promotion of European countries during the Football Championship and for six months afterwards (May – December 2012)
    For the promotion of the European Football Championship in 20 trains, Polish Railways have painted 16 of them in the colours of European countries` flags. On the 19th of May there was a parade of 5 trains painted with the colours of Greek, Polish, Ukrainian, Czech and Russian flags on a central bridge of  Warsaw. 
    The Press Office collaborated with representatives of the Polish Railways (PKP) in order to present the Greek flag on a Polish train. 
  • “Fan`s Dictionary” for the volunteers` communication during the European Football Championship
    The dictionary includes common phrases in major European languages and was issued in cooperation with the UEFA, the EUNIC Cluster Warsaw (EU National Institutes for Culture) and the French Institute in Warsaw. The Press Office translated the leaflet into Greek language. 
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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

Τουριστικό αφιέρωμα στη Βόρεια Ελλάδα σε πολωνικό περιοδικό

Το μηνιαίο ανδρικό περιοδικό Gentleman, με τίτλο «Δημοκρατία του Δία», δημοσιεύει τετρασέλιδο αφιέρωμα της Elżbieta Pawełek και του Zygmunt Chwast στη Θεσσαλονίκη, την Καβάλα και την Θάσο, το οποίο συνοδεύεται από πληθώρα έγχρωμων φωτογραφιών από τους Φιλίππους, την Θάσο και τις ακτές της βόρειας Ελλάδας.
Στην εισαγωγή του δημοσιεύματος υπογραμμίζονται τα εξής : «Η Γαλλία έχει το δικό της Έβερεστ, η Ιταλία το Mont Blanc, ενώ η Μακεδονία τον Όλυμπο, την κατοικία των θεών. Γιατί επέλεξαν αυτό το μέρος; Διότι εδώ υπάρχουν τα πάντα: χρυσές ακτές, ηλιόλουστα νησιά και καταπληκτικές ταβέρνες με θαλασσινά».   
  

Kavala

Στην ενότητα που τιτλοφορείται «Το άρωμα της ανατολής», οι αρθρογράφοι περιγράφουν την περιήγησή τους στην Καβάλα, την οποία στην αρχαιότητα είχε επισκεφθεί και ο Απόστολος Παύλος κατά την πρώτη ιεραποστολή του στην Ευρώπη. Επίσης αναφέρονται στην πολιτιστική κληρονομιά των Τούρκων και τη θυελλώδη ιστορία της πόλης.
Στην ενότητα «Σμαραγδένιο Νησί», οι αρθρογράφοι παροτρύνουν τους τουρίστες να επισκεφθούν την Θάσο, που αποτελεί ιδανικό προορισμό για ολιγοήμερη αναψυχή. 

Thasos Ancient Agora

Στην ενότητα με τίτλο «Ταβέρνα κάτω από τα αστέρια», ειδική αναφορά γίνεται στους μεζέδες και τα κυριότερα πιάτα της ελληνικής κουζίνας. Καταληκτικά σημειώνεται ότι «όταν τα τζιτζίκια τραγουδούν σαν τρελά κατά τη διάρκεια του δείπνου και φτάνει ο ήχος των κυμάτων από την ακρογιαλιά, διότι τα τραπέζια είναι στημένα κοντά στο νερό, και πάνω από τα κεφάλια βλέπει κανείς τον έναστρο ουρανό, όλα αποκτούν μια εκλεκτή γεύση. Είμαστε περίεργοι τι θα έλεγε τώρα ο Δίας;». 

Η δημοσιογράφος Elzbieta Pawelek και ο φωτογράφος Zygmunt Chwast φιλοξενήθηκαν, κατόπιν πρότασης του Γραφείου Τύπου Βαρσοβίας, στη Θεσσαλονίκη και τη Θάσο τον Ιούνιο του 2009.  

Kifissia at Benaki Museum

kifisia-1(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   An exhibition based on photographs, book275thirio-kifisias, documents and archival material revealing the architectural splendour of Kifissia suburb, north east of Athens, runs until March 31, at the Benaki Museum, Delta House, in Kifissia.  Benaki Museum – Flashback to Kifissia 

Snapshots from Greek History

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Life Magazine’s historic photographic archive is now available on line through Google’s Image Search function. Out of 10 million photographs, Life Magazine (www.life.com) has already digitised 20%.  Photographs which revolve around Greece’s political, cultural and social life stretch through the period 1948-1968.  One may browse through the Life collection by theme (Civil War in Greece, Greek Children and Greek Tourist Story) or by keywords (Greece, Karamanlis, Acropolis, Callas, et al).  Secretariat General for Information: Feature Stories; Foundation of the Hellenic World: History of Modern Greece