One of the things that make Spetses island charming, is the fact that there are almost no automobiles circulating on its cobble-stone alleys. This makes it ideal for bike rides and more particularly, the Tweed Run, a bike ride which began 7 years ago in London and has travelled across the world since then. This particular ride invites participants to wear their most elegant vintage outfits, decorate their bikes accordingly and enjoy a peaceful and carefree ride in the countryside.

The style needed for the ride fits perfectly the profile of the island. A pioneer of the 19th century in

Thousands of Greeks turned up to watch the country's annual Independence Day military parade in Athens (March 25) commemorating Greece's uprising against Ottoman rule in 1821, despite the rain. President of the Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Speaker of Parliament Zoe Konstantopoulou were in attendance, as well as other officials and representatives of foreign countries. See also: Photo Gallery

President Pavlopoulos said in statements following the parade. "The parade proves that the March 25 anniversary is not a simple anniversary; it is a living experience and

On March 25, the Governor of the Bank of Greece Yannis Stournaras addressed the London School of Economics Hellenic Observatory, focusing on the Greek economy’s current developments, challenges and prospects.  

The Governor stressed four points: the achievements delivered so far during the difficult years of the  economic adjustment; thoughts on future challenges and prospects in view of the Eurogroup agreement on February 20; the reasons why Grexit is not an option; and finally, the sustainability of Greek public debt. 

Stournaras underlined that the fiscal consolidation and external

The comprehensive and much talked about exhibition Defining Beauty: The Body in ancient Greek Art at the British Museum kicks off today, March 26, in London. For centuries, the ancient Greeks experimented with ways of representing the human body, both as an object of beauty and a bearer of meaning. 

The exhibition features 150 works, exploring almost 2,000 years of artistic creation, starting from the religiously significant prehistoric figurines to the apotheosis of symmetry in classical times, to the bare realism of the age of Alexander the Great (Hellenistic age).

The exhibition runs through

  • Cosmas Xenakis Retrospective @ Benaki Museum
The retrospective exhibition Cosmas Xenakis (1925-1984) will run at the Benaki Museum until 10/5/2015.

Cosmas Xenakis was one of the pioneers of Greek post-war art, who took interest not only in painting but also in sculpture, architecture and urban planning. Combining painting and sculpture with theatre and dance, he created avant-garde performances that he called Polytechna.
  • Digital El Greco Museum @ National Glyptoteque
El Greco’s masterpieces in Toledo and Escorial will open at the National Glyptoteque in Goudi, on March 

Modern Greek Enlightenment: Planting the Seed of Independence 

An hour's time of living free
is better than forty years of prison and slavery.
Rigas Velestinlis

Waging a War of Independence is not entirely a matter of hard power. The peoples living under foreign yoke – and that included populations across the Balkans- had to be submitted to an intellectual awakening and renewal, in order to seek for themselves the ideals of unity and liberty, not to mention the need to form a national identity of their own.

The Modern Greek Enlightenment boasts two towering figures with influence transcending land

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday in Berlin. After their first bilateral meeting, they held a news conference followed by a working dinner. The two leaders insisted that their talks had been productive despite differences on a number of issues.

"I did not come here to ask for financial aid," Tsipras said. "I came for an exchange of our thoughts and opinions, to see where there is common ground and where there is disagreement." "We want Greece to be economically strong, to have growth, to fight unemployment, especially among the young, to

The Athens International Airport (AIA) won the Airport of the Year award in the 10-30 million passengers category, at the Air Transport News (ATN) 2015 awards ceremony that took place in Geneva on March 21. The ATN Awards are the only international prizes awarding all main categories of the air transport industry.

"2014 has been a year of spectacular traffic development for our airport, which demonstrated an increase of 21.2% within a very critical economic and political situation in Greece," said AIA’s CEO, Yiannis Paraschis. He added that during recent years, marked by the macroeconomic

From March 13-22, the creative industries attended the SXSW, the institution which was the first to introduce Twitter and Foursquare to the world. The South by Southwest conferences & festivals is a launching pad for new creative content in the fields of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies.

The conference panel discussions and trade shows organised provide opportunities for global networking and business activity. Greece was represented by thirty young entrepreneurs from twenty-two startup businesses. 

The Greek mission was supported by the International Accelerator, a

Poet, author and translator Titos Patrikios was proposed by the French chapter of Pen International, the world association of writers with 150 member countries, to be nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Born in 1928, Patrikios took his first steps in poetry in 1947. A member of the intellectual left in post-war Greece, Titos Patrikios survived imprisonment, hard labour, censorship, and exile. He narrowly escaped death by firing squad, and once had to bury his poems to keep them from being discovered by the authorities.

As critics suggest, "his style bears the marks of that