Friday, December 23, 2011
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Sunday, November 6, 2011
Recently, the Washington Post lauded the two Greek films featured in the 24th annual AFI European Union Film Showcase, Attenberg and Wasted Youth. These two films, touted by Ann Hornada as the "highlights at this year's showcase", bring the best of Greek modern cinema to Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The Travel Channel's Flavors of... series is introducing six new episodes featuring the delicious and diverse cuisine of Greece. Charlie Ottley, who hosts the program, has traveled to countries all over the world, including Spain, Peru, Scotland, and Mexico, to present viewers with the best of each country's culinary specialties. In this fascinating series, he visits six different regions of Greece, exploring their sights and sampling native delicacies.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The Embassy of Greece in collaboration with the Greek Film Center and support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece present the next installment of the Greek film series Panorama of Greek Cinema. This month's film will be The Cherry Orchard on Wednesday Nov. 2 at 8:00pm at the Avalon Theater.
A recent article in the New York Times examined the Greek economic situation from a fascinating new perspective: its ability to inspire and influence artists. In the realms of visual arts, cinema, and theater, artists all over Greece are producing compelling works that hare heavily influenced by the current economic conditions. Street art (known by some of its critics as graffiti) decorates the streets of Athens with politically charged images and witticisms. In the Metaxourgio neighborhood of Athens, art galleries such as the Kunsthalle Athena displays work by young artists such as Stefania Strouza and Lydia Dambassina. Strouza's clever works consist of framed excerpts from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream: "My soul consents not to give sovereignty," and "Before the time seemed Athens as a paradise to me," are two of her framed statements. Lydia Dambassina's most well-known work in the Kunstalle Athena shows a Greek flag folded on a desk next to a copy of the Greek newspaper Ta Nea from March 2010 with the headline "All Ways Are Closed."
Friday, October 21, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
This year, as part of the Kids Euro Festival in Washington, D.C., the Greek children's theater company "Aeroplio" will stage three performances geared toward young theater patrons (ages 6-10).
This fall, the Greek Embassy welcomes you to a wide variety of cultural events!
Friday, September 30, 2011
A Greek team of divers and researchers from the Hellenic Center for Marine Research has been invited to join an international initiative to explore the depths of the Red Sea. The exploration project is especially fascinating because scientists discovered an area of the Red Sea 2,000 meters below sea level whose conditions have not been seen by humans on the surface of the earth for millions of years.
Monday, September 19, 2011
In Athens, a new initiative is bringing opera out of music halls and theaters and into the streets! During the month of September, soloists and choristers from the Hellenic National Opera ride through the city on city tour buses performing excerpts from such famous operas as La Traviata and La Boheme. Native Athenians and tourists alike can hear the beautiful music from 6:30pm-8:30pm each evening until October 2.
Monday, September 5, 2011
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Friday, September 2, 2011
An astonishing scientific discovery has recently proved that the Greeks had a thriving society long before the Age of Democracy. Researcher Nicolaos Laskaris of the University of the
Because of its durability, obsidian was frequently used to construct tools, particularly in the years before the Bronze Age. The use of obsidian tools and weapons spread through different parts of
Laskaris and his team took this one step further, using two techniques called obsidian hydration dating (OHD) and secondary ion mass spectrometry of surface saturation (SIMS-SS), to prove that obsidian artifacts from Melos were actually making their way to mainland Greece thousands of years before scientists had actually thought, based on the findings in the Frachthi Cave. The key to the significance of the discovery lies in its implications: if obsidian mined from the waters around
For more information, visit: http://www.insidescience.org/research/volcanic-artifacts-imply-ice-age-mariners-in-prehistoric-greece
Monday, August 22, 2011
A new age has arrived in the restaurant world for Greek Wines. For the past 22 years Wine & Spirits Magazine has surveyed the top fifty most popular wines sold in restaurants every year. This year Greek wines made the list for the first time. There were three Greek wines: Boutari, Skouras, and Spiropoulos that managed to crack the top 50 list, which puts them in the same league as wines like Veuve Clicquot and Fonseca.
One interesting thing to note about wine in Greece today is that they have more varieties than any other country other than Italy, making it a fantastic destination for wine enthusiasts. The senior editor of Wine & Spirits, Tara Thomas stated that Greek Wines “ought to be a source of excitement for a long time, as it is still so much in a period of exploration and discovery.” There is much to celebrate for Greek wines and wine enthusiasts as a new region has entered the stage of great wines.
For the complete top fifty list: http://www.wineandspiritsmagazine.com/poll/base/charts/April11/apr11_66.html
For information on Wine & Spirits : http://www.wineandspiritsmagazine.com/
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Ted Spyropoulos, the president of T.G.S National Wholesalers, an automobile wholesaler that operates in Europe, the U.S. and the Middle East, will receive the 2011 Phidippides Award. He will join the ranks of composer Mikis Theodorakis, and humanitarian Andrew Athens as passionate advocates of Hellenism. The Award recognizes Greeks in the world who have made significant contributions to the preservation and promotion of Hellenism internationally.
Inspired by Phidippides, a man who in 490 BC looked for aid from the Spartans to help defend Athens from the Persians, this award looks to honor those who look to preserve Hellenism. Other than his own accomplishments in the business world, Spyropoulos has served important leadership roles in many Greek organizations. He was the president of the Federation of Hellenic American Organizations of Illinois. He also founded and is the president of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce. Additionally he founded and serves as the chairman for the Spyropoulos Scholarship for Hellenic-American Students of Hellas and USA. An inspirational man to those who seek to preserve and promote Hellenism in the international community, Spyropoulos is cherished in the Greek international community and well deserves this distinguished prize.
Monday, July 25, 2011
After battling with a heart condition over the last ten days Michael (Michalis) Cacoyannis, a Greek film Director, died this morning at the Evagelismos Hospital in Athens. An icon in the film industry in Greece, Cacoyannis made a fantastic career in directing. Having distinguished himself as an international filmmaker, Cacoyannis also worked as a theater and opera director. He has written screenplays as well as translating Shakespeare into Greek and Euripides into English.
Having received many awards for his work, including the Order of the Gold Phoenix (Greece), the Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres (France) as well as others, Cacoyannis is viewed in the international film arena as an innovator and enthusiast. In 2004, as a way to continue his love for Greek theatre and cinema, Cacoyannis created a foundation in his name whose main goal is to promote, support and preserve the arts of theatre and cinema. Located in Piraeus Street in the district of Tavros, the foundation opened its doors in 2009. Though his work lives on, Cacoyannis is an icon in the Greeks arts community that will be missed and whose work will be cherished forever.
Source: Athens News
For more information on Michael Cacoyannis visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mihalis_Kakogiannis
Monday, July 18, 2011
During her official visit to Athens, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid a visit to the new Acropolis Museum on Sunday, July 17, signing a bilateral agreement with Greek Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis against the illegal trading of cultural artifacts. The Memorandum of Understanding specifically limits the movement of archaeological and Byzantine artifacts from before the fifteenth century AD. Clinton, after signing, assured that the agreement would help preserve Greece's rich heritage by prohibiting any import of artifacts into the United States without a certificate of permission issued by Greek authorities. Additionally, the agreement will serve to promote the diplomatic international exchange of these artifacts for cultural, educational, and scientific endeavors.
The ancient Greek culture is the historical, artistic, philosophical, scientific, literary, and intellectual foundation of Western civilization. In his speech, Greek Foreign Minister Lambrinidis illustrated the strong ties between Greece and the United States, expressing,"we don't simply share policies, but also values; values born here. Let me be so bold as to say, Hillary Clinton, welcome home to Greece." The United States' interest in the preservation of Greek antiquities shows support for both Greece's future and the protection of its past.
SOURCE: Athens News
For general information about the new Acropolis Museum, visit
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
It was Hippocrates who first stated “let food be thy medicine.” Although that was over 2,000 years ago, the Greeks today follow the same philosophy as their ancestors did. There are reasons for the healthy lifestyle that Greeks lead, and a major contributor to that is what they choose to nourish their bodies with. Rather than eating red meat for most meals, the Greeks rely on seafood as a major source of nutrition. Similarly, they enjoy fresh vegetables as a major component of their meals. The use of olives and olive oil is a staple in most Greek cuisine. Similarly, rather than serving meals in portions that can feed a small army, like most of the United States is known for, meals are given in an assortment of smaller dishes that are meant to be shared with the entire group. Statistically it is evident that Greeks have a more stable and healthier diet as obesity rates are roughly one in five while in the United States they have reached heights of one in three. The article written in Travel+Leisure Magazine, titled Healthy Eating in Greece, provides prime locations for exquisite eating when traveling in Greece, from Athens to the island of Crete.
To learn more about the Greek diet and to read the article in Travel+Leisure Magazine, visit:
To learn more about Greek cooking and Greek restaurants near you, visit:
Source: Travel+Leisure Magazine
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Santorini was voted the world's best island by Travel+Leisure magazine in their 16th annual World's Best Awards of 2011. Holding the number six spot on the 2010 list, the island has been a favorite among Travel+Leisure readers for years. This was Santorini's first year at the top, outshining impressive contenders such as the Galapagos, Bali, and Hawaii islands.
Travel+Leisure's Best Awards annually reveal readers' favorite hotels, cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, car-rental agencies, spas, and tour operators. The magazine is consistently regarded as a trusted and definitive global source for the finest places to go and the leading companies to take you there. The 2011 awards will be the cover story of Travel+Leisure's August issue.
For more information about Santorini, visit
For Travel+Leisure's complete list of best islands, visit
Source: Greek News Agenda
Monday, July 11, 2011
The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki is currently hosting an exhibition commemorating the archaic excavations of the French School of Athens on the island of Thassos.
The island of Thassos, located in the northeast Aegean, is the northernmost island in Greece. Thassos holds great historical and cultural significance because of its rich marble quarries, gold mines, and pottery workshops during the archaic era. In fact, it was one of the ten most powerful cities of the ancient Greek world.
In 1911, the French School of Athens began excavating the island, successfully discovering parts of the ancient city walls, the port, the agora, the political and religious center, a theater, and entire villages that have ultimately survived the test of time in excellent condition.
The exhibit, which was organized to complement the 18th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities in Kavala, features antiquities such as a 5th century BC inscription from the site of the ancient agora, an archaic terra cotta Gorgon acroterion, clay figurines, in addition to a large collection of offerings from the island's sanctuaries.
The exhibition, titled 100 Years of Excavations on Thassos by the French School of Athens, goes above and beyond what is expected. In addition to a general history of the island, it pays tribute to the archaeologists, researchers, and students whose efforts made the excavation of Thassos a landmark moment in Greece's history.
The exhibition will be on display at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki through the end of August.
For more information about the exhibit, visit
For further information regarding Thassos, visit
Source: Greek News Agenda
Monday, June 6, 2011
The fifth annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival is set to take place from June 9 through June 12, and it promises a weekend of innovative, enlightening films by Greek filmmakers from all over the world. The goal of the film festival is to showcase new films by Greek filmmakers and promote the preservation of Greek culture. Winners of the festival receive Orpheus awards in three categories: dramatic, documentary, and short films. Acclaimed filmmakers from the LAGFF go on to receive awards and praise at such prestigious film festivals as Cannes, Venice, and Sundance.
On Tuesday, June 7, fans will witness an event never before seen at New York's Citi Field: a soccer match. Citi Field, the home stadium of the New York Mets, will host the much-anticipated match between the national soccer teams of Greece and Ecuador. Many Greeks are expected to come out to cheer on their nation's team, especially since Citi Field is located so close to Astoria - the area which contains the largest population of Greeks outside of Greece.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
This month's film in the Panorama of Greek Cinema series at the Avalon Theater, Peppermint, was the winner of the 1999 Thessaloniki Film Festival, as well as numerous other awards. On Wednesday, June 1 at 8:00pm, Greek film enthusiasts have the opportunity to see this acclaimed film by director Kostas Kapakas at the Avalon Theater in Washington D.C.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Greek American mega-marathon runner, Dean Karnazes, recently completed his greatest accomplishment yet: a cross-country run that literally took him from one end of the United States to the other. Karnazes, whose other feats include running 50 marathons in 50 days in each of America's 50 states, raised more than $175,000 to benefit Action for Healthy Kids, a non-profit organization to promote health awareness in America's youth.
Learning a foreign language is always easier, faster, and more exciting when in the country of origin. Learning Greek is no different. Whatever your skill level or area of interest - ancient Greek, Biblical Greek, or modern Greek - there is a language learning program in Greece that is right for you! Learning to speak Greek in Greece may offer you an invaluable insight into modern everyday life in the country and its culture, as well as an opportunity to spend a few unforgettable weeks on a dreamy island.
Monday, May 2, 2011
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Thursday, April 28, 2011
The Embassy of Greece, in collaboration with the Greek Film Center and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece is proud to present the Panorama of Greek Cinema series at the Avalon Theater in Washington, D.C. This series, which holds screenings on the first Wednesday of each month at 8:00pm, provides a unique opportunity for D.C. filmgoers to experience the best of Greek cinema.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
On Easter Sunday, April 24, 60 Minutes aired an enlightening documentary giving viewers a rare glimpse into life in the monasteries of Mt. Athos, the holiest and most exclusive monastic community in all of Eastern Orthodoxy. The CBS anchor explained how difficult it was to obtain the interview, as there has not been a news team permitted on the peninsula since 1981. It took over two years of persistent communication and negotiation before the monks of Mt. Athos permitted the 60 Minutes crew to visit the community.