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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-10-06

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  • [01] Liapis in Bucharest for HFC centre
  • [02] 7th Conference of SETE on tourism

  • [01] Liapis in Bucharest for HFC centre

    Greek Culture Minister Mihalis Liapis on Monday inaugurated an exhibition of Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons at the National Museum of Art in Bucharest, organised by the Hellenic Foundation of Culture (HFC).

    "In Romania there are more than 800 Greek businesses, employing some 4,000 Greeks. We have made great strides in the economic sector and we wish to do the same in the cultural sector," Liapis noted at the opening.

    The exhibition, entitled "From the Incarnation of Logos to the Theosis of Man,? also coincides with the inauguration of the HFC Centre in Romania.

    The 65 icons in the exhibition come from the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens, the Museum of Byzantine Culture of Thessaloniki, the Museum of Veroia, the Museum of Kastoria and the Benaki Museum in Athens.

    A distinct unit is made up of the 14 icons by Theodore Poulakis from the Kontominas collection, all works that depict themes from the Old Testament. The icons belong to the Post-Byzantine Cretan School, which combines Byzantine technique with influences from Western European art.

    As part of the opening of the exhibition, there will be a performance of ?Memories of the Theotokos?, directed by G. Remoundos-a Byzantine work for actress (Katerina Chelmi), solo singer (G. Remoundos), choir of chanters and Byzantine choir, with selected extracts from the Gospels that refer to memories of the Mother of God from the life and Passion of Christ (November 10-11).

    The main sponsor of the exhibition is EFG Eurobank, which is a major shareholder in the Romanian based Bancpost, and the curator is Athens University History of Art professor Nikos Zias. It will run until January 15, 2009.

    The Romanian HFC Centre is the first to open in a Balkan country. More such centres are scheduled to open in Sofia, Bulgaria next month, while in January 2009 two more centres will open in Belgrade and Tirana. Among their goals, is the dissemination of the Greek language abroad, with classes aimed mainly at adults and the academic community.

    [02] 7th Conference of SETE on tourism

    World Tourism Organization spokesman Geoffrey Lipman, addressing the first day of the sessions on Monday of the Federation of Greek Tourist Businesses (SETE), on the theme ?Tourism and Development?, said that Greece must utilize its cultural heritage, with priority to the protection of the environment, given that it wants to lead the world tourism developments.

    He noted that from the past, Greece has shown significant capability of rejuvenating its tourism, given that it possesses strong natural and cultural advantages.

    The Conference will come to a close on Tuesday afternoon with a speech by Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos.

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