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EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici visits Athens

The Greek people paid a heavy price in sacrifices for things that were not their responsibility, Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos said when he received EU Finance Commissioner Pierre Moscovici at the presidential mansion on Wednesday, according to ANA. Pavlopoulos expressed his appreciation for Moscovici's support of Greece and described the forthcoming European Parliamentary elections as "a historic challenge" in defending the EU and its prospects. He also referred to a recent statement by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that "institutions did not exhibit the solidarity they should have towards Greece, during the critical time" and expressed appreciation for the invitation to visit on December 19, 2018 the Commission headquarters in Brussels. Responding, Moscovici said that mistakes had been made both by the IMF and the Commission, and that both he and Juncker had fought to keep Greece "in the heart of the eurozone, to be a normal country." This, he noted, had been achieved, even though reforms must continue. He also said that a post-memorandum task force would visit Greece within the next few days, which he discussed earlier with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: European Commission Let's block ads! (Why?)

Expedia: A Greek island became top trend for Americans in 2018

The Greek island of Mykonos is among the global destinations that have recorded the largest increase in demand for air travel by US travelers in 2018, according to research carried out by Expedia.com on travel trends in 2018. As the findings unveiled, American travellers increasingly prefer unique and new experiences for their holidays, alternative destinations, off the beaten paths and non-traditional accommodation choices (ships, scenes, etc.) When it comes to activities and attractions, visiting architectural monuments and sight-seeing saw the largest increase among Americans followed by cooking courses and other culinary experiences. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: pixabay.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

Visitors to museums and ancient sites in Greece rise in January-September

Visits to Greek museums and archaeological sites in September 2018 jumped 13.6 pct and 13.6 pct, respectively, in comparison with the same month in 2017 the Hellenic Statistical Authority ELSTAT reported on Tuesday, according to ANA. The rise in total visitors to museums included a 16.9 pct hike in free-admission visitors, while museum revenues increased by 14 pct in the same month, the report said. For the nine-month January- September 2018 period, there was a 8.5 pct hike in total visitors to museums, a 5.6 pct increase in free-admission visits and a 12 pct increase in revenues. For archaeological sites, ELSTAT announced that there was a 13.6 pct rise in total visitors, a 22.2 pct reduction in free-admission visitors and a 12 pct rise in revenues during the month of September. Over the nine-month period, there was 14.5 pct increase in total visitors, 11.7 pct increase in free-admission visitors and an 12.9 pct rise in revenues. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Юкатан Let's block ads! (Why?)

South Australia hosts largest-ever Delphi Bank Semaphore Greek Festival

A celebration of Greek life took place from January 12-13 at the Delphi Bank Semaphore Greek Festival of South Australia. Tens of thousands of people set a new attendance record for the two-day festival at Semaphore Beach, which marks everything Greek — from culture and heritage to food, music and dancing, greekreporter.com notes. The Delphi Bank Semaphore Greek Festival is regarded one of the most important Greek festivals in Australia — and this year, it set new records in many areas. This is the 40th anniversary of the festival. Nearly 35,000 people, the highest number ever, both Greeks and non-Greeks alike from all over South Australia, attended the Greek Fest in person. More than 400,000 people connected with the event on social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, with the hashtag #thankyou at the center of the extensive online campaign. This was the most successful digital marketing campaign ever for the event. The local Greek radio station, Radio ENA, also broadcast the event live for those who could not participate so that they could still enjoy the festivities. John Douvartzidis, President of the Greek Orthodox Community and Parish of Port Adelaide and Environs (PAGOC), spoke about the event and about the significance of coming together to celebrate “our community with the soul of our festival, our volunteers.” Traditional Greek folk dances were performed by Port Adelaide Greek Dance Academy in front of thousands of onlookers, cheering and clapping along to the rhythmic music. Local Greek band “Zeus” and Greek Sydney-based singer Hara Dimitriou also lent their talents to the festival. The annual event is held by the Greek Orthodox Community of the Nativity of Christ Port Adelaide & Environs along with the help of over 325 volunteers, spanning generations of proud Greeks-Australians. Volunteers aged 12 to 85 all donated countless hours of their time cooking traditional Greek food to serve to the guests at the Festival. And it paid off. This year’s festival also set a new record for the most loukoumathes being devoured – 40,000 to be precise. Many prominent community members attended the festival on its opening night, Saturday, including the Governor of South Australia, the Honourable Hieu Van Le; the Premier of South Australia Steven Marshall; and His Grace Bishop Nikandros of Dorileon. Consul General of Greece in South Australia Georgios Psiahas attended as well, along with Con Dalas, the Chairperson of the Inter-Communities Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in South Australia. Ever since the first Greeks migrated from their native land to Australia in 1829 they have built their community around their culture and traditions, while contributing to the national society. The legend of the first Greeks to land on the continent goes something like this. A group of seven Greek sailors was given a sentence of transportation, for the crime of piracy, by a British naval court. Upon their arrival in New South Wales the sailors were pardoned, but two of them were so taken by the wonders of the land that they decided to stay and settle in Australia. Even though they could never have known it at the time, they would soon be joined by many sailors from their homeland. They brought with them from Greece their hopes, their dreams — and their culture — to share with Australia.  RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greece and Expertise France in outstanding cooperation over modernization

Greece and France have been enjoying an excellent cooperation during the modernization of the Greek administration by "Expertise France", French Ambassador Christophe Chantepy and Administrative Reconstruction Minister Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou said on Tuesday, during an event organised at the French Embassy that was attended by many officials, ANA reports. The newly established Independent Public Revenue Authority; the new system for business licensing; as well as the implementation of a new plan for fighting corruption were cited as tangible results of the administrative reform efforts. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Jebulon Let's block ads! (Why?)

Labor unions call strike in Greek public sector on Thursday

The Civil Servants' Confederation (ADEDY) has called a 24-hour national strike on Thursday, January 17 to demand the revocation of the new system of teacher appointments, contained in a bill currently in parliament, ANA reports. In a statement on Tuesday, ADEDY noted its decision was based on teachers' unions decisions and on the high turnout of teachers in the January 11 and 14 strikes and rallies. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: George Voudouris Let's block ads! (Why?)

Kotsanas Museum in Athens nominated for European Museum of the Year 2019

ATHENS – The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, Kostas Kotsanas, the Athens annex, was nominated as the European Museum of the Year 2019 by the European Museum Forum (EMF) before completing one year of operation. Since 1977, the European Museum of the Year (EMYA), under the auspices of the Council of Europe, annually celebrates best museum practice across Europe and encourages innovation in museum society. This year’s EMYA will be announced in May 2019. The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Kostas Kotsanas, having these characteristics, highlights and presents to the public an extremely important but relatively unknown aspect of ancient Greek culture: technology. With more than 150 interactive exhibits and reconstructions of ancient Greek inventions, classified into 24 thematic units, children and adults come in contact with the wonderful creations that ancient Greek technology has bequeathed to mankind. The aim of the Museum is to explain that ancient Greek technology was shockingly similar to the beginnings of modern technology and to demonstrate its importance for the modern Culture of Technology. The nomination to the EMYA is another honor added to a set of important awards and international honors the original Kotsanas Museum has received during its 15 years of operation. It is noted that the Museum is being honored by UNESCO and National Geographic as part of the promotion of Europe’s World Cultural Heritage Monuments. Finally, at the Kotsanas Museum as a single organization, has been awarded in recent years the Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. The distinction confirms the museum’s appeal to the international audience and the positive response of its visitors to its originality and presentation of its exhibits. Traveling exhibitions around the globe At the same time, its traveling exhibitions around the world have been hosted by major archaeological and technological museums, universities and international organizations such as the European Patent Office of The Hague, Munich and Vienna, the Lyon Technical University, the Varese and Basle Archaeological Museums, the National Library of France, the University of Connecticut, the Melbourne Hellenic Museum, Galileo Park, the National Museums of Science of South Korea, Thailand, and Singapore, as well as at the historic Library of Alexandria. It should be noted that the Kostas Kotsanas Museum, a model museum both in Greece and abroad, is a non-profit organization operating from the outset without any subsidy from any public or private organization. The opening of the Museum in Athens on January 8, 2018, together with the existing exhibitions in Katakolo Ilia and Ancient Olympia, completes the triptych of the Kotsanas Museum and the complementary panorama of the unique technological miracle of antiquity. More specifically, the Museum in Athens features the exhibitions “Ancient Greece – the beginnings of the Technologies” which presents more than 100 interactive exhibits, and “Ancient Greek Musical Instruments and Games” with 42 fully functional musical instruments. It will soon open its doors and touring exhibition titled “EUREKA – think like Archimedes” with fully interactive exhibits dedicated to the great mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer of ancient times. The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, Kostas Kotsanas Address: Pindarou 6 and Akadimias, Athens, Tel: 30 211 4110044, +30 6907292002 Opening hours: 9 AM-5 PM daily and weekends. More information is available online: kotsanas.com Read more at thenationalherald.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Drjwolfe Let's block ads! (Why?)

Kazantzakis shown by Hellenic Film Society at NY Museum of Moving Image

ASTORIA – The Hellenic Film Society USA presented the biographical film Kazantzakis on December 9 at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) in Astoria, part of the Always on Sunday Greek film series. The film takes on the difficult task of presenting the whole life, from childhood to death, of one of the most complex and valued writers of the twentieth century, Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957). The script was based on Kazantzakis’ Report to Greco, the fictionalized account of Kazantzakis’s own life, a sort of intellectual autobiography framed as a report to the Spanish Renaissance painter, and fellow Cretan, El Greco. Kazantzakis’ fame has grown over the years through film adaptations of his works, including Christ Recrucified, The Life and Times of Alexis Zorbas, and The Last Temptation of Christ. Beloved by the Greek people and well-known abroad, Kazantzakis was born in 1883 in Crete, at a time when the island was still part of the Ottoman Empire. The film introduces Kazantzakis in his childhood and attempts to reconcile him with the personality of his explosive and often violent father. After the liberation of Crete, we follow the writer to Athens, where he studied law and began his efforts to find a course for his life. The film continues through the events of his friendship with poet Angelos Sikelianos and the writer’s travels. We see his anxiousness to discover God, his often complicated relationships with women, and his romantic relationship with his wife, Eleni Samiou. Yannis Smaragdis, whose films include Kavafis, El Greco, and God Loves Caviar, is an experienced historian and creates visually stunning films. Inevitably, Kazantzakis’ passion with Greece and the director’s beautifully crafted shots impressed the audience who crowded MoMI to see the film. The aesthetics and solid performances by the actors, especially Odysseas Papaspiliopoulos as Kazantzakis and Marina Kalogirou as his wife, are among the positive aspects of the film. On the negative side, the often superficial approach to complex issues and the difficulty of capturing the richness of Kazantzakis’ language in film marred the overall effect of the film. Hellenic Film Society Founder and member of the Board of Directors James Demetro introduced the film, noting that “we met with director Smaragdis in Athens three weeks ago and he asked me to convey his thanks to the public, who is here today.” The film had its official premiere at the Houston International Independent Film Festival, where it won the Grand Remi Prize for Best Feature Film. Smaragdis’ next project will again be a historical drama, based on the life and work of the first President of Greece, Ioannis Kapodistrias. The sold out screening is the last of 2018 and Greek film fans will have to wait until January 27, 2019 for the next screening in the film series at MoMI when the Hellenic Film Society presents Maria by Callas: In Her Own Words. The documentary film about the iconic opera diva Maria Callas, directed by Tom Volf, has received rave reviews. Film fans are urged to purchase tickets in advance online through the MoMI website: movingimage.us or the Hellenic Film Society USA: hellenicfilmusa.org. Read more at thenationalherald.com RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Michael W. Pendergrass  pixabay.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek vineyards record growth in production

Greece’s Central Cooperative Union of Wine Producers (KEOSOE) on Friday announced a 2.19 pct increase in the number of grape collection applications submitted for the harvest period 2018/2019, compared with the previous year, according to ANA. In an announcement, the Cooperative said that the number of cultivation areas grew 7.25 pct in the 2018/2019 period, while the grape harvest rose 5.48 pct in the year. KEOSOE said that the grape harvest represented around 1,745,000 HL of wine. Eastern Macedonia-Thrace recorded the sharpest increase in vineyards (+27.12 pct), followed by Central Macedonia (18.08 pct), Western Macedonia (11.96 pct), Peloponnese (9.88 pct) and Attica (7.22 pct), while Northern Aegean recorded an 1.21 pct decline. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Elisavetch Let's block ads! (Why?)

76th Golden Globe Awards: Hollywood stars talk Greece and speak… Greek (videos)

There was an overwhelming Greek presence at the 76th Golden Globe Awards  as the stars made their way down the red carpet. And we are not just talking about the Greeks who were nominated this year, such as Yorgo Lanthimos and Alexandre Desplat, greekreporter.com notes. The crowds were shouting “Opa!” as the team from the Greek Reporter ran into some of the globe’s most favorite celebrities… who all paid homage to Greece in their own unique way. Some knew phrases, while others had fond memories of their time spent in Greece. Overall, the festive congregation of the stars became even more fun as the Greek vibe was turned up. Actor and nominee Willem Dafoe has a soft spot for the Mediterranean paradise, as he explained to the Greek Reporter. He spoke about his time in Greece both as a tourist and as a professional. He has acted in films shot in the country, as well as done some theatre. “When I was a child, I knew all the stories, I knew all the gods” he proudly told the Greek Reporter. Meanwhile, a Greek goddess in the flesh, Actress Sophia Milos, stopped to chat with the Greek Reporter as well and express how excited she was that there were so many “beautiful movies” this year. The Chief Content Officer of Netflix, Greek-American Ted Sarandos, met up with the Greek Reporter as well for an exclusive interview to discuss some big, fat, Greek… plans for the firm. According to the chairman, Netflix’s global strategy and future plans will include filming some productions in Greece. Netflix is intensifying its efforts to produce films and television series abroad, such as the successful Spanish series ”Casa del Papel”. So the Greek Reporter asked if an “Athenian” version of the series is in the cards, and Sarandos joked, saying that he would push for it to be on his family’s island. ”I’m going to lobby for Samos!” But the Greek party didn’t stop there! Nominated singer/songwriter Ricky Martin noted that he “couldn’t wait to go back to Greece” and that he “really, really” misses it. “Greece is amazing,” he gushed to the Greek Reporter. And when it comes to trying her hand at speaking Greek, Actress Penelope Cruz wins the award! The star stopped to speak to the Greek Reporter and demonstrated her fine Greek language skills saying: “Parakalo, euxaristo.” She even adorably learned a new phrase — the most significant one — s’agapo, right there on the red carpet. Jeff Bridges also got in on the “Greek action” as he welcomed our audience saying “Giasou Ellada!” into the camera... RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Thomas Wolf Let's block ads! (Why?)