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Celebrating the opening of the New Acropolis Museum in 2009
Happy 4th birthday to a world class museum, the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece
20 June 2013 - what a great occasion, it will be the Acropolis Museum's 4th birthday and we are all sending its team of managers and industrious staff, directed by Professor Pandermalis, a huge 'happy birthday' wish!
www.theacropolismuseum.gr - check out the music programme for the day!
The Acropolis Museum is getting set to celebrate its fourth birthday on Thursday 20 June 2013. The exhibition areas will remain open from 8 a.m. until 12 midnight. The restaurant will be open during the same hours. On this occasion, admission will be reduced (3 euros) for all visitors.
Visitors will have the opportunity to discover – together with Museum Archaeologist – Hosts, untold stories of the surviving blocks of the frieze, with the aid of 3D presentations on special screens installed in the Parthenon Gallery.
At 21:00 the Athens Municipality Philharmonic Orchestra will present a musical concert in the Museum’s entrance courtyard with famous melodies of the world band repertoire.
In addition, the museum will commence the exclusive production of copies of two exhibits, the head of Poseidon and the head of Artemis from the east frieze of the Parthenon, available in the Museum Shops.
Socrates and his Clouds June 4-22
Socrates and his Clouds
Inspired by Aristophanes
at the Jermyn Street Theatre
This world premiere by award-winning playwright William Lyons is brought to the stage by a team of young, emerging Greek-Cypriot and Greek theatre makers in collaboration with other international artists. At a time when Greece and Cyprus are coming under unrelenting attack on all fronts, this production acts as an active dialogue between the ancient heritage of the Hellenistic world and the current state of affairs in Europe.
REVIEWS re "Socrates and his Clouds" Jermyn Street Theatre, Piccadilly - June 4th - June 22nd 2013.
“The cast are excellent…Melina Theochardiou’s direction is clever and witty and, like the script, manages to combine the feel of a, at times, self-referential Greek play with an accessible modern style. The set is simple and effective and the opportunity for fun within scene changes has not been missed… This seriocomedy zips along and does not feel like a one act one-and-a-half hour show at all.” ( * * * * Ted MacMillan – West End Frame)
“Rest assured, an in-depth knowledge of philosophy is not a pre-requisite to enjoy this performance; the writing is intelligent but not highbrow and the humour and themes are widely accessible…Alex Andreou…plays [Socrates] excellently [and] Paul Hutton’s [Strepsiades] superbly comic mannerisms and timing bring light relief to a show which could otherwise drag a little. Jack Montgomery, as his son Phidippides, was appropriately loathsome and arrogant…The Fates – for such I assume the chorus to be – were charismatic, entertaining and pitch-perfect on rather demanding melodies… The setting and props were simple but effective.” (Genni Trickett - London Theatre Reviews)
“Paul Hutton gives Strepsiades an instant comic reality and rapidly establishes a rapport with the audience. Jack Montgomery’s Phiddy is an excellent pairing, exactly the spoiled-child selfish brat we are told his mother made him. The hectic nature of their lively double act is set against the warm gentleness of Alexander Andreou’s Socrates…Riana Athanasiou, Lucyelle Cliffe and Rahil Liapopoulou [the Chorus] bid farewell [at the Exodos] with the same tuneful energy as they have brought to the play.
Melina Theocharidou’s production has found a style that perfectly matches this text. She is well served by Katerina Angelopoulou’s colourful design with its simple setting of clouds sketched on a blue back wall and white pillar drums rearranged to suit. [The scene changes] are an opportunity for some beautiful music from composer, Olivios Karaolides.”
(Howard Loxton - British Theatre Guide)
“Inspired by Aristophanes’ Clouds and Plato’s Dialogues, Socrates and His Clouds pays homage to the classics in its structure and format. Set in Athens and with a looming Greek chorus of three harmonising women, the play is highly reminiscent of classic Greek theatre with more than a few modern twists. The characters are dressed in modern clothing, and though the dialogue has an eloquent flow it is adapted to what is often farcical humour. This unique envisioning is sure to delight fans of ancient Greek storytelling, who will no doubt enjoy the many referential nods to the Hellenistic world…The production is commendable. Every actor is talented and well cast, and Paul Hutton as Strepsiades is particularly strong as both a dramatic and comedic performer. Melina Theocharidou’s direction deftly combines classic Greek theatre with the modernity the script demands, and the philosophical debates that arise throughout Lyons’ play are successfully thought provoking…Fans of Greek classics and philosophy will take away plenty from Lyons’s thoughtful script, and though its fan base may turn out to be rather niche, the show undoubtedly offers much to appreciate.” (Geri Silver – A Younger Theatre)
BBC Radio 4's 'In a Prince's Footsteps' series, John McCarthy talks to Professor Pandermalis
Friday May 17. BBC Radio 4's 'In a Prince's footsteps' series,Episode 10 - John McCarthy talks to Professor Pandermalis about the six figures of the Caryatid Porch of the Erechtheion on the Acropolis, Athens - and the sensitive question of the removal of the sixth caryatid.
This radio series coincides with a major exhibition of Bedford's photographs by
the Royal Collection, currently showing at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in
International Museum Day at the Acropolis Museum
Saturday, 18 May, 2013
On the occasion of International Museum Day on Saturday 18 May 2013, the Acropolis Museum continues the minting of commemorative medals, so as to acquaint visitors with small but beloved objects in its collection. This year’s medal displays a fighting rooster; the impetuous and persistent rooster was the competitive prototype for athletes and fighters in ancient Athens. As early as the beginning of the 5th century BC, alektryonon agones (cock fights) were performed every year in the Dionysos theatre on the south slope of the Acropolis.
On this day, the Acropolis Museum will be open from 8 a.m. until 12 midnight, with free entry for its visitors. Museum Archaeologist-Hosts will present various programs for children and adults related to the rooster.
GALLERY TALKS ABOUT THE ROOSTER (Duration: 20 minutes)
Participation is limited to 25 visitors per session on a first-in first-served basis. For registration details, please refer to the Information Desk at the Museum entrance.
Gallery Talks in Greek: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m.
Gallery Talks in English: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Gallery Talks in French: 4 p.m.
At 9 p.m., in the Museum’s entrance courtyard, the Orchestra of the Centre of Arts and Culture of Dion will perform songs by great composers from the rich repertoire of traditional and Greek art music.
Moreover, from 16 to 19 May, 2013, the Acropolis Museum will participate in the International Contemporary Art Fair, Art Athina, held at the TaeKwonDo Stadium in Paleo Faliro, with a presentation of high quality reproductions of original exhibits.
Follow in Fry's footsteps, visit Greece
"British tourists love Greece and see the country as an ideal, safe holiday destination," British actor Stephen Fry said, during his visit to the Acropolis Museum in April. From the day he disclosed he would be visiting Greece, Stephen Fry posted on his Twitter account and in so doing promoting Greek tourism. Once in Athens, he kept his 5.7 million followers informed with comments and photographs of his activities and the places he visited. Among them the archaeological site of Delphi, Ancient Olympia and the Argosaronic Gulf islands.
An ardent supporter for the return of the Parthenon sculptures, the renowned actor was accompanied in the Acropolis Museum by Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni and the President of the Museum, Dimitris Pantermalis, who provided a guided tour of the Museum’s exhibits, the history and the culture of ancient Greece. While in Greece, Mr Fry re-posted his 2012 article, “Greece is the word” and reiterated that the Parthenon Mar-bles, should be returned to their country.
Professor Pandermalis welcomes Stephen Fry to the Acropolis Museum with a tour of the Parthenon Gallery
“The messages coming from abroad for Greek tourism are optimistic this year. However, there is still much to be done and we must work hard to achieve our goals. Mr. Fry loves Greece and is a real friend of the country and its people. Through his Twitter account, he clearly sends out the message that Greece is a safe and welcoming country. This is very important for our country at this critical period,” said the Tourism Minister, Olga Kefalogianni while Mr. Fry insisted that “Global civilization owes a lot to Greece and we must never forget that”.
International Colloquy: "Parthenon. An Icon of Global Citizenship"
Sydney 15 - 17 November 2013
"At the international colloquy held in London in June 2012 the intention was announced that this would be the first of an annual series of such events. The British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles is pleased that the International Organising Committee – Australia for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles is planning to honour its commitment to hold the next colloquy in 2013 in Sydney.
The themes of the planned colloquy pick up and develop themes addressed in London.
The theme of Education addresses the evidence of opinion polls that public support for reunification is much influenced by awareness of the issues, including the role of museums.
The theme of Litigation is particularly topical in the light of increasingly aggressive initiatives by a number of countries, most notably and recently Turkey.
The theme of Economy provides the opportunity to consider how the conservation and exploitation of cultural heritage contribute to the economy, not least of Greece in its current economic crisis.
Finally the theme of Activism addresses the central purpose of the series of colloquies, to draw together the many initiatives worldwide and to exploit new media of communication to maximum combined effect.
The BCRPM welcomes the Sydney colloquy as an important contribution to this process."
For more information visit the Colloquy's website on: