Culture & History

  • Renowned composer Mikis Theodorakis dies

    Greek veteran composer and political activist Mikis Theodorakis, who was instrumental in raising global awareness of Greece’s plight during the 1967-74 military dictatorship, has died at the age of 96. Born on the island of Chios, on 29 July 1925, he studied music in Athens and later Paris. His work ranges from rousing songs based…

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  • Message of condolence from the Archbishop of Australia for the death of Mikis Theodorakis

    With his melodies, he touched the souls of all the Greeks and people around the world. With his struggles for democratic and patriotic ideals, he inspired and became a timeless example for the young of many generations. With courage and altruism, he defended his “great utopia of life” – the unity of the Greek nation.…

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  • ‘Wall of Memory’ exhibit at Veria Archaeological Museum

    The “Wall of Memory”, a partially covered outdoor exhibit, was inaugurated by Culture Ministry Lina Mendoni on Sunday at the Archaeological Museum of Veria, during her tour of northern Greek sites. Ancient Veria wa known for being the home of the last royal family of the Antigonids, one of the dynasties of Alexander the Great’s…

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  • Huge 3D screens replace opera sets at Verona amphitheatre

    The Verona Arena amphitheatre in northern Italy has returned to staging full operas for the first time since the pandemic began — but with one big difference. The monumental sets that normally fill the vast amphitheatre stage have been replaced by dynamic, 3D images broadcast on huge LED screens, recreating a Sicilian village or a…

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  • The Greek island with an ancient ‘sushi’ tradition

    “What are you doing? Why are you throwing it away?” cried Nikos Stamatakis to a young fisherman who’d just disentangled a huge moray eel from a net full of red snapper on the shore of Skopelos, a Greek island in the Western Aegean Sea. “What do you want this ugly beast for?” asked the fisherman…

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  • Melbourne Museum: Treasures of the Natural World

    Some of the world’s biggest, rarest, oldest and most fascinating treasures are landing at Melbourne Museum, all the way from London, for the whole family to enjoy. Journey through the natural world and marvel at the objects that changed the course of scientific history. For the first time in Australia, don’t miss this exclusive opportunity…

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  • Greek police arrest 2 trying to sell rare Roman-era statue

    Greek police said Sunday they have arrested two 56-year-old men for trying to sell a rare Roman-era statue of the Greek goddess Hecate for 40,000 euros (about $48,000). Police in Thessaloniki said they also arrested a 35-year-old farmer from nearby Pella, who allegedly admitted that he had found the statue on his farm and gave…

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  • Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum to show online mosaic of summer

    A mosaic representing summer dated to the end of the 3rd century AD will be shown to the public for the first time, only online, by the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. The mosaic depicts a figure in bust. It has long brown hair and turns the head slightly to its left shoulder. A himation leaves…

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  • Archibald prize 2021: Peter Wegner wins $100,000 prize for ‘brilliant’ portrait of Guy Warren at 100

    Peter Wegner has won Australia’s most prestigious portrait prize for his portrait of the artist Guy Warren, who turned 100 in April. Celebrating its own centenary, the 2021 Archibald prize winner was chosen unanimously by the judges and announced on Wednesday by Art Gallery of NSW director Michael Brand, who described the painting as “a…

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  • Publishing house makes debut with beautifully crafted ‘Views in Greece’

    A facsimile is an edition of a book that is a faithful reproduction of the original, which is usually a rare manuscript, parchment or map. The facsimile edition follows international standards for the faithful rendering of the colors and aesthetics of the original book and is therefore available in a limited number of copies and…

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