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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-12-15

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Christmas Tree on Tuesday
  • [02] Greek Radio celebrates 70 years

  • [01] Christmas Tree on Tuesday

    The Athens municipal authority on Monday announced that its Christmas and New Year festivities will commence on Tuesday with the lighting of the city‚s Christmas tree at Syntagma Square at 19:30. The festivities programme had been suspended due to recent tragic events.

    Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis assured all Athens citizens that the festive events will take place in order to help the city get back into its normal rhythm, with the municipality fighting a battle against the clock to repair the damage and rebuild the festive scene at Syntagma Square from scratch.

    The mayor invited all Athens residents to attend the launch of the Christmas programme and thus convey the message that ?Athens will live on and celebrate Christmas?.

    The Athens Philharmonic Orchestra will play, accompanied by the Spyros Lambrou Children‚s Choir until the moment Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis gives the signal for the lighting of the Christmas tree and illumination of the city with festive lights.

    Fireworks will light up Athens skies, marking the start of the celebration that the city promises will reach "even the smallest city neighbourhood".

    The City of Athens Music Ensembles Big Band will then stage a concert at the square.

    For three full weeks Syntagma Square will be transformed into a festive scene with special structures, games and the "Magic Carousel". Individuals of all ages will have the opportunity to enjoy a series of music and art events featuring classic and jazz melodies, Christmas songs from around the world, Byzantine hymns, ethnic music and traditional dances, to take place on a specially-built stage.

    The Municipality‚s young friends can expect plenty of surprises and a range of educational and entertainment activities.

    [02] Greek Radio celebrates 70 years

    An exhibition celebrating the "70 years of the Greek Radio" was inaugurated on Monday evening at the Zappion Mansion in Athens.

    People who distinguished themselves on the radio attended the event.

    The exhibition was inaugurated by government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros, since Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who was due to inaugurate it, was unable to attend on account of special engagements.

    The exhibition, which will last until 31/1/2009, will be visited by 77 schools from all over Greece.


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