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  • Holy Week @Athens Concert Hall
Adagio-Music Cycle will be staged at the Athens Concert Hall during the Orthodox Holy Week (April 4-10). The Cycle will include a tribute to music dedicated to Virgin Mary, by acclaimed Greek singer Savina Yannatou and the group Primavera en Salonico, on April 6. Works of Western European religious music include Mozart’s Requiem with the Athens State Orchestra, conducted by Vassilis Christopoulos (April 4), and the Stabat Mater of Xafntn with Camerata on period instruments under George Petrou (Holy Wednesday 8/4).
  • Latinitas Nostra@Onassis Cultural
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Energy Minister Panayiotis Lafazanis met his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak and Alexei Miller, the Chief Executive of energy giant Gazprom on Monday (30.03) in Moscow, ahead of a visit to the Russian capital by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on April 8. Lafazanis said Greece wanted to upgrade its energy relations with Russia and favoured extending a "Turkish Stream" gas pipeline to its territory.

The two officials further discussed a reduction in the price of natural gas that Greece imports from Russia and lifting the Russian embargo on Greek products.

Back in Athens, at a press
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  • Oldest piece of cloth in Macedonia
The oldest piece of cloth in Macedonia is 5,500 year old and was found in 2014 in the Pieria, close to Mt Olympus. Archaeologists focused on the area’s settlement and found traces of fabric used during a 500-year time frame, which marks the end of the Stone Age and the dawn of the Bronze Age. The fibers found are made of plants and were even passed through a bronze needle. These traces of fabric were preserved for millennia because they were mineralised by the bronze needle.
  • Helmets from the Persian Wars
The Persian Wars with Greece begin in the 5th
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A screening of the documentary War & Peace in the Balkans is taking place as part of the "National Identities and Museums" conference on April 3, 2015, organised by the National Historical Museum, in cooperation with the International Association of Museums of History.

Using rare footage, pictures and unpublished material from the Balkans and around the world, the documentary provides a view of the dramatic changes brought to the lives of the people of the Balkan region in the years of WWI, from 1914-18, from Bosnia and Serbia to Bulgaria, Greece and the Ottoman Empire. Renowned
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The Greek National Garden "as a field on which the contemporary narratives of Athenian civic life play out," has inspired Socratis Socratous’ first solo exhibition Six Open Gates and a Closed One at the Breeder Gallery on April 2- May 16.

Situated in the center of Athens and formerly known as the Royal Garden, the National Garden was commissioned by Queen Amalia in 1838 and designed by German agronomist Friedrich Schmidt who imported over 500 species of plants and a variety of animals including peacocks, ducks, and turtles.

Socratous views the Garden’s contemporary vegetation as an
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The Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens is organising a 15-day boutique tour in Greece that will take place in September, with a focus on areas where Australian archaeologists work, such as on the island of Andros, where the University of Sydney carries out excavations in an attempt "to clarify the mystery of the sudden abandonment of the Geometric settlement of Zagora will at its peak (9th century BC). 

The 15-day tour in Greece is sponsored by the Institute, the University of Sydney and the Australian Research Council. It aims to promote cultural exchanges between the two
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President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos paid his first official trip, since taking office, to Cyprus – a tradition followed by every Greek President. Pavlopoulos, who is accompanied by Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, remarked that the ties between Greece and Cyprus are inextricable and that no crisis will affect them, while the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, noted that the strong ties between the two countries date back to ancient times.

After their meeting, Pavlopoulos affirmed Greek support for a peace settlement. He said that although Athens supported UN talks to
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The Athens Investment Forum taking place today (31.03) in Athens highlights the contribution of Greek listed companies and the Athens stock exchange to a new entrepreneurship model that is export-oriented and innovation-driven. The forum touches upon non-listed companies as well, since they progressively rely more on markets and less on banks for their funding, thus seeking to draw lessons from the already listed companies.

It aims to address important questions concerning the Greek economy and will present the initiatives needed to exploit its capacity. The Forum invites members of the
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On March 31, the Onassis Foundation is holding the Alexander Onassis Entrepreneurship Day on the premises of its Cultural Centre. The event introduces for the first time in Greece the process of scaling up a start up, which translates into steps towards sustainable development. 

Top business people from across the spectrum of Greek entrepreneurship will address the public, focusing on issues such as how to inspire, support and finance successful business projects. In addition to lectures, the event includes sixteen workshops which will offer the opportunity to elaborate on matters such as
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Mariambasby Yannis Skarimbas is the new entry in the Birmingham Modern Greek Translations series of The Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies. The book has been translated by Leo Marshall, who has also translated the awarded May Your Name Be Blessed by Sotiris Dimitriou, and others

The book follows the life of Ioannis Mariambas, an unconventional civil servant, whose eccentric manners shock the conservative society of Halkida. 

The Birmingham Series also includes many representative works of Modern Greek fiction, like Elias Maglinis' Interrogation (Trans. Patricia Felisa
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