The first Greek Dolphinarium has opened its doors on the premises of the Attica Zoological Park in Spata, following the arrival of four dolphins from Lithuania and two sea lions from Spain.
The public now has the opportunity to watch these highly intelligent mammals interacting with each other.
In fact, the observation of these lovable creatures has several benefits, including a therapeutic influence on autistic children.
The dolphinarium collaborates with the Dutch company Savewave – specializing in ecologically viable solutions in the water environment – in designing special apparatus
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The Branch of Hellenic Foundation for Culture (HFC) in Sofia recently organised a painting competition titled "Greece through the eyes of children."
Some 250 pupils (7-17) from about 30 towns in Bulgaria participated in the competition with a total of 300 pieces. The young creators attempted to present Greece deriving information from history and culture, traditions and monuments.
The paintings revealed the powerful ability of children to "travel" to Greece - a country which most of them have never visited, but which they have imagined through the books, the narratives of adults and things
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EXHIBITIONS
Socratis Socratous Photographs Athens
The Benaki Museum (Pireos St annex) is hosting until June 30 the first solo exhibition of Socratis Socratous’ photographs of Athens.
The exhibit, which is part of Greek Festival, is a peculiar kind of diary, updated daily by the artist, who rounds up and captures moments.

Frissiras Museum
The Frissiras Museum in Athens, in its series "The Artist's Glance," is hosting until September 30, an exhibition by Grzegorz Wnęk.

CLASSICAL MUSIC
Vienna Philharmonic @ Megaron
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Political Meetings
Fourteen bilateral agreements were signed yesterday, between Greece and China during a visit to Athens by China's vice-premier Zhang Dejiang and members of the Chinese Council of ministers.
The Chinese vice-premier is on a three-day visit, at the invitation of Greek Vice-Premier Theodoros Pangalos. The two vice-premiers and their delegations met on Tuesday morning for talks which led to the signing of the 14 agreements involving the shipping sector, transport, tourism and telecoms, as well as Greek exports of olive oil to China.
During the meeting with Pangalos, Zhang
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Eurogroup President and Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker criticized Moody’s downgrading of Greece’s credit rating as "irrational."
"I am totally convinced that in a few months from now, the financial markets will see that they were wrong," Juncker said, underlining that "these rating downgrades are not in each and every case understandable and rational."
In addition, the European Union's Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, Olli Rehn told the European Parliament yesterday that the downgrade by Moody’s was "surprising and highly unfortunate" and said it raised
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Dedicated to promoting the interests of the elderly, the non-governmental organisation (NGO) "50+Hellas" provides information on issues such as employment, social policies, health, and a variety of other subjects of interest to anyone over 50 years of age.
The NGO is a member of AGE-Platform Europe, a network of 144 older people’s organisations representing 25 million members and involved in influencing EU policy affecting older citizens.
On the occasion of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day yesterday, the Department of Sociology at the National School of Public Health co-hosted a conference
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Using parts from super market trolleys, bikes, agricultural equipment, tyres, and other materials found at the bottom of the sea (Thermaic Gulf) in Thessaloniki, art students put it all together composing an open-air art structure which is being showcased at the city’s main square.
It took sixty divers and forty fishing boats to bring the waste on the surface.
"It is a symbolic gesture which will hopefully raise awareness on environmental issues and for that reason deserves our compliments" said the city’s prefect.
The students were amazed by the particularity of the objects found, and
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Home made sweets, wine, olive oil, fruits, herbs, marmalade and even soap, are only some of Greece’s local products now available on-line.
Local cooperatives no longer need to attract their customers only through tourism and for the past few years, many of them have gone digital.
Most of the products offered on line bear the label of protected designation of origin (PDO) and are produced in small quantities due their delicate nature or because of the particular methods of cultivation and production used by the cooperatives.
Leonidion Rural Cooperative of Women: http://www.tsakonises.gr/ & Agricultural
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In its 9th edition, the Festival of Greek-Turkish Friendship (June 12-15) was hosted in the city of Xanthi (Thrace, northeast Greece) and in Princes’ Islands (the nine small islands off the city of Istanbul in the Sea of Marmara, Turkey).
The festival was organized by the Turkish-Greek Friendship Association, "Daphne," founded with the purpose of enhancing mutual cultural ties.
The festival first started in 2001, as an initiative by Greek-Turkish academia, distinguished artists, entrepreneurs, and journalists. Each festival hosts a number of workshops and cultural activities and is divided in
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Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas participated yesterday at the European Union General Affairs Council, which convened in Luxembourg and discussed, among other issues, the situation in Kyrgyzstan, developments in Gaza as well as the Western Balkans.
Speaking to the press afterwards, Droutsas stressed that Greece and Cyprus have undertaken a joint effort to increase the flow of humanitarian aid to Gaza and explore the possibility of establishing a mechanism for humanitarian aid to be provided to the area, in agreement with Israel, the Palestinian Authority and important actors in the
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