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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-08-14

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  • [01] Epidaurus Festival closes with Aristophanes‚ 'Wealth'
  • [02] Patriarchal mass in Soumela

  • [01] Epidaurus Festival closes with Aristophanes‚ 'Wealth'

    The Epidaurus Festival 2010 winds up this year with two performance of Aristophanes' play "Wealth" ("Plutos" in Greek) on August 13 and 14, directed by Diagoras Chronopoulos in a translation by Yiannis Varveris.

    The Art Theatre will present an alternative version of "Wealth" to the audience considering that even though it remains close to the original text a special emphasis is put on the personification of poverty and need ("Penia" in Greek).

    "Penia has a constant presence, highlighting its eternal existence in all civilized societies throughout history," director Chronopoulos stated.

    The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is situated within the archaeological site of the Sanctuary of Asklepios, in the Argolis prefecture of the Peloponnese, southern Greece, only a half-hour drive from Nafplio and approximately two hours from Athens.

    [02] Patriarchal mass in Soumela

    Istanbul (ANA-MPA / A. Kourkoulas) -- This year‚s celebration of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary feast on August 15 in Panagia Soumela Monastery in Trabzon province will be very emotional considering that a holy mass will be held there for the first time since the end of WWI and the 1923 population exchange convention.

    The mass, to be officiated by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, will be a memorable event for Eastern Orthodox Christians from the region of Pontos in the Black Sea, as many of them have been waiting their whole lives for this to happen.

    After 1923, the celebration of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary was taken by the Pontians to Greece, Russia and elsewhere in the world.

    Last June, the Turkish government accepted Bartholomew‚s request and gave him permission to hold mass in the monastery that has been turned into a museum and has not operated as a Christian church since the population exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1923.

    Culture Minister Ertugrul Gunai had informed Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of the decision on June 7 at the inauguration of the Istanbul Festival held in Hagia Irini.

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