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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 18 March 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 18 MARCH 2017 25 GREECE act4Greece and save a much loved cultural hub Hundreds and thousands of people have passed through the Forest Theatre of Thessaloniki, also known as Theatro Dassous, to enjoy performances of ancient Greek drama, music, and dance. Located on the slopes of Kedrinos Hill, it is the most emblematic open-air theatre venue of the National Theatre of Northern Greece (NTNG) and a popular meeting spot for locals with its panoramic views of the bustling city and its port. But having operated since 1976 without interruption, over the years the theatre has suffered considerable wear and tear and so the NTNG has launched act4Greece; a new fundraising initiative to make the maintenance possible. Work commenced in mid-December last year and will continue until 30 April with a budget of €132,880. The NTNG is directly contributing €27,880, and is seeking additional financial resources of €105,000 from all lovers of the arts, and those who have had the opportunity to enjoy a performance at the theatre firsthand. All funds will go directly to ensuring the structure and seating are waterproofed in accordance to regulations, along with the set up of a theatre prop shop, to housekey parts of stage sets and costumes of historic NTNG productions. It will also be a space open to the general public, and will benefit students with the chance to organise guided visits for schools. To make the initiative interactive, those wishing to donate are also invited to send their own photos or videos from their experiences at the Forest Theatre. They will be published on their website at the end of the project together with the names of the donors. Donations can be made through the National Bank of Greece's internet, phone and mobile banking to account 080/005126-84 (ΙΒΑΝ: GR96001100800000008 000512684 / BIC: ETHNGRAA). Send your photos and videos to ntngreece@gmail. com World’s most beautiful street located in Greece Lesvos is making headlines again, but this time it's in appreciation of the island's beauty, namely one particular street. Leading art, design, and photography community Bored Panda put out a request for creatives to send in photographs of the world's most magical streets. They received 129 submissions, and after thousands of votes, Greece has emerged as the home of the world's most picturesque street. The wining image sub- mitted by freelance photographer Konstantinos Stamatelis, shows a narrow street in the village of Molyvos, lined with small shop fronts and a 'roof' covering formed by nature itself with the overgrowth of trees and flowers. Greece also received a second mention on the list, with a street located in Nafplio, Peloponnese, which was the capital city of the first Hellenic Republic and Kingdom of Greece from 1821 to 1834. PHOTO: EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA Greece offers recurring loans of archaeological wonders in exchange for the Parthenon Marbles The request has been made as a symbolic act in the fight against anti-democratic forces In recent developments for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, the Athens government has made a desirable offer; to loan, on a recurring and long-term basis, rare archaeological treasures from Greek museums in exchange for the return of the Marbles from the British Museum. The request has been made as a symbolic act in the fight against anti-democratic forces that appear to be on the rise and seeking "the dissolution of Europe". "The reunification of the Parthenon Marbles will be a symbolic act that will highlight the fight against the forces that undermine the values and foundations of the European case against those seeking the dissolution of Europe," said Lydia Koniordou, the Greek Minister of Culture and Sport. "The Parthenon monument represents a symbol of Western civilisation. It is the emblem of democracy, dialogue and freedom of thought." Greece has a number of art works dating back to antiquity, including the 'golden mask of Agamemnon' and the statue of Zeus/Poseidon, which if loaned to Britain would likely draw great interest. In an official statement the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures (IARPS) said the Greek government had clearly made the offer in the "true spirit of compromise". "Greece and its supporters will not rest until all the known surviving sculptural elements from the Parthenon are reunited in the Acropolis Museum in full view of the monument which they once adorned," the IARPS said. Andrew George, chairman of the British Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, said agreeing to return the sculptures on these terms would only help the UK to rebuild its reputation in the region following the controversial Brexit vote. "Britain has nothing to lose but a deeply damaged reputation – having clung on for over 200 years to such important artefacts which were stolen from the Greeks when they could do nothing to stop it – and has much to gain at the very time Britain's reputation needs enhancing amongst those countries it wants to do a deal with," Mr George said. The Marbles were taken from Greece more than 200 years ago by Lord Elgin, when the country was still part of the Ottoman Empire, where they once adorned the Parthenon temple built by the world's first democracy some 2,500 years ago. Twelve Greek startups venture to Texas for SXSW conference The opportunity was made possible by THI and the US Embassy in Greece Thanks to a grant of €50,000 from The Hellenic Initiative (THI) and the US Embassy in Greece, 12 promising Greek startups have been given the opportunity to present their products and services in the Greek Booth at the South By Southwest Conference (SXSW). Held annually in Austin since 1987, the conference is recognised as one of the largest and most important innovation and technology events and this year runs from 10 - 19 March. PHOTO: KONSTANTINOS STAMATELIS The startups participating in 2017 are ASN.gr, Infitheon, Aspalis Concierge, InSybio, Athlenda, SIBA Soft, Centaur Technologies, Tactical Systems, Filmografik Productions, 100mentors, Hopwave, and Boardmaps. "THI supports Greek startups, reaffirming its belief that entrepreneurship is a key element in building a new generation of creative and innovative business projects that can contribute to Greece's future prosperity," the initiative said. In just three years, the THI has assisted more than 80 Greek startups to participate in SXSW and subsequently get on the right path to oper- ate a successful business. One example is online train- ing and education company, Schoox. Designed in Thessaloniki, the startup has since managed to raise US$6.5 million (€6,032,650), which has expanded its operations, now employing over 40 people in the Greek city.
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