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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

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Greece’s Press & Communication Offices Abroad

• Greece’s image abroad

gge1(1)(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Wishing to promote Greece’s image abroad, the Hellenic Press and Communication Offices abroad often hold events which highlight the country’s cultural aspect.  Be it an educative seminar, a music concert, or an artistic workshop, the idea behind the events is to bring foreign publics closer to the Hellenic spirit and contemporary lifestyle.  Secretariat General of Information: Hellenic Press and Communication Offices abroad- Directory & Events organised by the Press and Communication Offices abroad  

• Aegean Seminar in Zagreb 

Honouring a three-year long cooperation between the Department of Archaeology of the University of Zagreb and Greek Embassy Press and Communication Office in Zagreb, another Aegean Seminar –the final one- was held last month in Zagreb, Croatia (June 2).  The Seminar was scheduled to conclude with the 12th lecture on “Classical Greeks’ everyday life,” delivered by Barry Powell, Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Professor Powell is one of world’s leading experts in Homeric studies and the origin of the Greek alphabet.  The seminars were given in an effort to promote the study of Greek archaeology at both the University of Zagreb and Croatia in general. Foundation of the Hellenic World: Classical Period; Ministry of Culture: Odysseus

• Theatrical Performance in Warsaw

theatriko-flyerOn June 25th, Kamienica Theatre in Warsaw presented “To Gala” (The Milk), a play written by Vassilis Katsikonouris and directed by Sebastian Chondrokostas, a second generation Greek who was born and raised in Poland.  The play tells the story of an immigrant family relocated in Greece from Georgia, struggling between two worlds in order to make a living in the “new homeland”.  “To Gala” is the first Greek contemporary play performed by Polish actors in Poland and the initiative of this acquaintance of the polish public with the Greek contemporary theatre received the support of the Greek Embassy  Press and Communication Office in Warsaw.   Secretariat General of Information: About Greece- Tracing the Artistic and Cultural Map in Contemporary Greece & Greek Theatre Tradition  

• Commemorating Poet Ritsos in Tirana

On June 17th, the Greek Embassy Press and Communication Office in Tirana, in collaboration with the Hellenic Foundation of Culture Tirana Centre, the National Theatre of Albania and Greece’s National Book Centre organised a commemorative event marking 100 years since the birth of poet Ritsos.  Students from the Arsakeion School in Tirana and the National Academy of Arts in Tirana participated in the event.  Greek News Agenda: 2009 Dedicated To Yiannis Ritsos

1020th Anniversary of the Baptism of Rus

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Celebrating the 1,020th anniversary of the conversion of Russia to Christianity, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia officiated at a joint service in Kiev yesterday. Present at the ceremony were Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos, Archbishop of Tirana and All Albania Anastasios and Kiev Metropolitan Vladimir. The two Patriarchs assisted a meeting marking the beginning of a new era in the relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow with the Mother Church, resolving past tensions. After the meeting, Smolensk Metropolitan Kyrill stated that it was “sincere and with God’s help all problems will be handled,” while Patriarch Alexy underlined that “dialogue is the base to handle all issues.” The Moscow Patriarch will participate in a synod of Orthodox Patriarchs organised by the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the Fanar, Istanbul, next October.