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Two events for two celebrated Greek artists March 17, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Events Greece.

A great poet. The University of Athens pays tribute to Dionysios Solomos, who penned the Greek National Anthem, with a large congress on Saturday and Sunday.

Two special events are dedicated to two of the country’s great writers as part of anniversary commemorations.

The University of Athens is paying tribute to the celebrated Greek poet Dionysios Solomos (1798-1857) on the 150th anniversary of his death with a large conference tomorrow and Sunday. The event is organized by the University of Athens School of Foreign Languages, the Homer Academy, the non-governmental organization Association for Friendship Among Nations and Euroclassica. It is also taking place with the participation of the University of Athens’s Club Choir, students from the Technical University of Athens and the Choir of the Elliniki Paideia Educational Institute.

The conference will begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. with the welcoming address and reading of Solomos’s work. The morning session is scheduled to begin at 11.30 and will cover topics such as Solomos’s presence in his work, the national and international character of the poet, the presence of truth, use of language and the religious element in his work, the writer’s contribution to the evolution of Greek language and philosophy, his interpretation of justice and his significance today.

Engonopoulos, a great poet and a great artist. At the Athens Concert Hall, the focus is on Nikos Engonopoulos, on the 100th anniversary since his birth. 

Starting at 8.30 p.m. at the Alexandra Triandri Hall, this performance/tribute has been directed by Yiannis Kakleas, with texts selected by Nasos Vagenas, and focuses on Engonopoulos as a pivotal personality of the 1930s generation. What the director has done, in collaboration with the National Book Center that has organized a string of events dedicated to the artists throughout the year, is put together a mixed-media journey highlighting the multifaceted character of his work.

For information, call the Athens Concert Hall at 210 7282333.

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