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31st Cyprus International Fair opens in Nicosia May 27, 2006

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Cyprus biggest commercial exhibition opens today, running until next weekend

As the 31st Cyprus International State Fair opens its gates today, the authority responsible for managing the site has announced grand plans to upgrade the area into a large conference and exhibition centre.

With the participation of more than 350 exhibitors and the presentation of products and services by 1,500 companies from Cyprus and 25 other countries, the State Fair will be open until June 4.

More than 130,000 visitors are expected to attend this year’s Cyprus International State Fair, chairman Loris Tryfon said in his opening address at the 31st fair, which officially opened last night.

The Cyprus State Fair

Until June 4. At the State Fair grounds in Engomi. Opening times: 6pm until 11pm on weekdays and 6pm to midnight on Saturdays. £3 for adults and £1 for students.

Entrance is free for holders of a multi-member family pass and a five-member family pass, soldiers in uniform, press members upon presentation of press pass and foreign visitors/purchasers visiting the fair in organised groups.

Exhibition > 20th century artists at the Cycladic Art Museum May 27, 2006

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GreekNeolithic.jpg  Ancient influence: Late Neolithic seated figure (5300-3300 BC), National Archaeological Museum.

Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis is to open the exhibition titled “The Shape of the Beginning” this coming Monday evening at the Museum of Cycladic Art.

The exhibition aims to show the indirect and direct influences of early art forms on pioneering 20th century artists. Thanks to the generosity of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, works by early artists are to be shown alongside those by Rodin, Brancusi, Matisse, Picasso, Derain, Giacometti, Moore and Calatrava, among others.

Thirty museums and foundations from Greece and elsewhere have contributed to this show that marks the 20th anniversary of the Museum of Cycladic Art and is curated by art historian Professor Friedrich Teja Bach, of the University of Vienna, in cooperation with Maria Toli, archaeologist and curator of the museum.

Louis acquires new cruiser May 27, 2006

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Louis Hellenic Cruises acquired another cruiser, the ‘Ivory’ with a capacity of 690 passengers and 254 cabins. The new cruise liner will operate in the Greek islands thus increasing its presence in the Greek market with a total fleet of four vessels, according to Egnatia Financial Services (Cyprus), citing local press reports.

The management of Louis Hellenic Cruises anticipates that the above mentioned development will have a positive effect on turnover and profitability.

The revival of ancient Perperikon May 27, 2006

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Greece and Bulgaria will pool efforts together to bring the ancient Thracian sanctuary of Perperikon to new life.

A project envisioning the modification of the fortress, situated in the heart of the Rhodopes, into a centre of cultural tourism in South Eastern Europe was approved within the cross-border cooperation program INTERREG-III between the two countries.

Does Northern Greece hide uranium deposits? May 27, 2006

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Greece is hiding at least 1,525 tons of uranium, Greek newspaper “Ta Nea” reads today.

If the country decides to exploit the deposits it may ensure its energy independence in case of a future world energy crisis. According to a research made by the Institute for Mining-Geological Research the earth’s womb in Northern Greece, in the region of Drama and Serres, hides over 10,000 tons of uranium.

According to experts the uranium research must continue. They think that the deposits may ensure 20 years of independent functioning of a nuclear reactor with a 1,000-megawatt capacity. The deposits, however, will not suffice for 30 years which is the condition for building a nuclear reactor.

Greek archaeologists unearth large Bronze Age town May 27, 2006

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Greek archaeologists have discovered the "well-preserved" remains of a large Bronze Age town dating from at least 1,900 BC on the Cycladic island of Andros.

Archaeologists found at least four "well-preserved" buildings – one of them retaining its ground floor walls – in the remains of a quarter, and a graded road believed to lead to a square.

A variety of mainly ceramic objects was discovered inside the buildings, including large decorated storage jars, pots and vessels, and stone tools, many of them intact.

Researchers also found a number of rock drawings on the edge of the town, which lies on the southwestern Cape Plaka near the fortified site of Strofilas, a Neolithic settlement that dates from 4,000 BC.

The drawings portray boats and a combination of other symbols – a human head surrounded by a pair of arms with open palms, a pair of feet and a circular symbol believed to represent the sun – that archaeologists suspect corresponds to a divinity worshiped by the town dwellers.

The symbols are similar to sketches found at Strofilas, suggesting that the fortified community's inhabitants moved their lodgings closer to the sea at the end of the Neolithic period, around 3,300 BC.

The still-unnamed coastal town, which provides a "strong link" between the end of the Neolithic period and the Bronze Age in the Cyclades, is suspected to have suffered repeated damage from earthquakes.

Vernacular architecture of Greece May 27, 2006

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GangalisResidenceSiatista.jpg  The Gangalis residence in Siatista, painted by Nikos Engonopoulos in the late 1930s.

In the 1930s, three young architects led by Dimitris Pikionis were surprised and impressed as they went about documenting the vernacular architecture of Western Macedonia.

It was a project organized by the Greek Folk Art Association, active since 1930 in an effort to create a counterweight to the influence of international modernism.

Many designs, documents and paintings from various Greek locations have survived from that endeavor (which was derailed by the war).

Two new publications just out from the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece, which is housed in the Old Parliament, have highlighted that heroic project.

They are a reprint of “Kastoria” (first published in 1948), and two compendious, folio-type editions from the collection on Kozani and Siatista, edited by Filippos Mazaraki-Ainian with significant input from the innovative Alexandra Paschalidou-Moreti, one of the three young architects on the original project.

The others were Dimitris Moretis, who in 1937 succeeded in getting many mansions listed for preservation, and Giorgos Yianoulellis. The latter and his wife, architect Marika Zagorisiou, documented houses in Lesvos during the occupation.

Their enthusiasm for popular architecture clearly shines through in these new books.

Pikionis’s layouts for books that were not published at the time are now in the Benaki Museum’s Archives of Modern Greek Architecture. The Historical and Ethnological Society’s publications are more up to date but still inspired by the ideas of Pikionis and his team.

The museum plans to publish additional, previously unpublished material. Paintings of old houses in Athens by Engonopoulos and Tsarouchis may be out by the end of this year. They will be followed by another folio edition on the houses of Veria and other locales (including Pindos, Yiannitsa and Florina).

This is an admirable effort by the society to showcase part of its collection to a wider public.

The drawings which make up the bulk of “Kastoria” and “Kozani/Siatista” were among many others that were found in 1969 at the Olympia Hotel on Athinas Street by Ioannis Mazaraki-Inian.

The material was salvaged and submitted to the society. Gradually, with the help of many specialists, it was classified and identified. Recently it has been enriched by donations from Moreti and Paschalidou-Moreti.