The year 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Odysseas Elytis, the Greek Nobel laureate poet. It has been named “Elytis Year” by Greece’s Culture and Tourism Ministry to honor the contribution of the artist to Greece’s and the world’s poetic scene.
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Special events to commemorate what would have been Elytis' 100th birthday:
- In the month of march, the National Book Centre of Greece (EKEBI) launched a nation-wide poetry campaign in Elytis' honor. This campaign included poetry readings by famous modern Greek poets at different bookstores, as well as the creation of "poetry corners" in the libraries of Thessaloniki where visitors could read about Elytis and view audio-visual materials. Throughout Athens, Thessaloniki, Mytilini, and Zakynthos, public transportation vehicles were decorated with verses of Elytis' poems for the public to read and enjoy. http://www.ekebi.gr/frontoffice/portal.asp?cpage=RESOURCE&cresrc=8253&cnode=351
- The Culture and Tourism Ministry of Greece declared the year 2011 the year of Elytis in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth. http://en.sae.gr/?id=21123&tag=2011%3A+Odysseus+Elytis+year