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World Poetry Day – 2011 Elytis Year

Odysseas Elytis and his work will be the focus of this year’s World Poetry Day, which is celebrated each year on March 21.
The National Book Centre of Greece (EKEBI) launches a poetry campaign including several events.
One of the day’s highlights is an event jointly organized by EKEBI and the Hellenic Authors’ Society which brings together well-known poets and writers such as Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke, Vassilis Vasilikos, Kiki Dimoula and Evgenia Fakinou to recite poems by Odysseas Elytis.
Athenians and citizens of Thessaloniki, Mytillini, Rhodes and Zakynthos will have the opportunity to come across illustrated verses by Elytis as public transport means will feature some of the Nobel laureate’s most beloved and renowned poems. Poetry reading nights, with young poets will also be held in Athens and Thessaloniki.
Moreover in Athens, poet Nanos Valaoritis will present a new theory regarding Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey at the Hellenic American Union, while at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, World Poetry Day will be celebrated through poetry, music and stand-up poetry.
The year 2011 has been designated as an Elytis Year by Culture and Tourism Ministry, in order to mark the 100th anniversary since the birth of the Nobel laureate poet.
Nobel Prize Organisation: Excerpt from Worthy It Is, Poetry International Web- Odysseas Elytis: I Lived the Beloved Name, Drinking the Sun of Corinth, Marina of the Rocks, The Wind That Loiters.


Visit Greece: Zakynthos Island

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Zakynthos (also known as Zante), the third largest of the Ionian Islands, boasts emerald beaches, mountains full of pine trees, caves, traditional architecture, and inhabitants with a particularly hospitable spirit. The area of Laganas Bay is renowned for its small sandy beaches, considered to be the most important nesting sites for the Mediterranean green loggerhead turtle – Caretta caretta – both in Greece and perhaps the entire Mediterranean region. The Zakynthos National Marine Park, the first of its kind in Greece, encompasses Laganas Bay and the islets of Marathonissi and Pelouzo, and promotes sustainable development in the area. More Info: Region of Ionian Islands & The Prefecture of Zakynthos