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Norma at the Herodes Atticus Theatre, under the Acropolis

The new production of the Greek National Opera for this year’s Athens Festival will be the opera NORMA

It will take place at the Odeon Of Herodes Atticus and Dimitra Theodossiou will play the main role.

Performances to be held

Saturday and Sunday June 12 and 13, 2010 – at 9:00 pm

Friday and Saturday June 18 and 19, 2010 – at 9 pm

To buy tickets to watch the Greek National Opera production of Vincenzo Bellini’s “Norma” – to be performed at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus on 12, 13, 18 and 19 June at 21:00 – please go to:

Contemporary Art Fair of Athens Opens with 58 Galleries from 11 Countries

The International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens is back with its 16th edition which will take place on 13 - 16 May 2010. Despite the big international financial crisis, 58 galleries form 11 countries (Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Turkey, USA) will participate this year as well, showcasing the work of more than 300 artists. The fair also presents 42 institutions related to contemporary art (museums, foundations, art publishers and media).

ART-ATHINA 2010 will once more be hosted at the Palaion Faliro Stadium (TaeKwonDo), which was transformed last year into a sparkling islet of art for four days leaving all visitors and participants with the best impressions.

The internationally acclaimed fair was established in 1993 by the Hellenic Art Galleries Association with a view to showcase a selection of contemporary artworks produced by established as well as young Greek and foreign artists; to provide the grounds for intriguing dialogue concerning the arts and the new art trends worldwide; to familiarize the Greek audience with the developments in the art world and to open channels of communication with the international art scene.

Each year, an ever growing number of ART-ATHINA fans –famous artists, prominent art critics, important collectors and keen art lovers– arrive from all over the world to visit the fair and transform Athens into a vibrant art scene for a few days.

This year, the Hellenic Art Galleries Association’s board of directors, the general director of ART-ATHINA Alexandros J. Stanas, and, the organising company, have scheduled a parallel programme shedding light on the contemporary art scene.

The List of European Islands was Announced? Three Islands of Greece was in Ten Of The Best

According to the report of website, which makes comparison with hotel prices, there are three Greek islands in the top ten list of the European islands - Rhodes, Corfu and Santorini.

According to the website, the ten islands are: Rhode Island (Greece), Corfu Island (Greece), Santorini Island (Greece), Mallorca Island (Spain), Gran Canaria Island ( Spain), Tenerife (Spain), Ibiza Island (Spain), fees Fuerteventura Island (Spain), Lanzarote Island (Spain), and Menorca Island (Spain).

Rhode Island, belonging to Dekanisi Islands, have all the pastoral scenes you can imagine. Visitors who are longing for leisure vacations must go to the very special Kalithea beach.

Corfu Island is one of the most famous islands in Greece, which is regarded as the heaven by the poet Homer. It is called "the green island" for its botanic abundance and diversity. Its southern tip owns groups of lush olive trees, of which there are ones which can be as high as 20 meters.

Santorini in Greece forms magnificent geographic spectacle because of volcanic eruption. On Santorini Island, the white walls and blue windows building on the steep slopes is a typical style of Cyclades islands.

Antique vases pulled up from seabed

DIVERS on marine digs in the Aegean Sea discovered a cargo of antique ceramic vases from a shipwreck, the Greek culture and tourism ministry said today.

The vases from the fourth and fifth century BC were pulled up from depths of between 25 to 49 metres off the coast of the Polyaigos island, southwest of the Cyclades archipelago, located between Greece and Turkey in the Aegean Sea.

The finds by the aquatic archaeologists, including vases used for transportation and two small table vases, all intact, as well as fragments of the vessel's anchor, shed light on commercial routes during the period.

Greek authorities have been mapping its seabeds for a few years, sometimes cooperating with international institutes, and have so far located several dozen old shipwrecks.


Oldest structure ever made discovered in Greece

The oldest known example of a man-made structure was found within a prehistoric cave in central Greece, according to the Greek culture ministry.

The structure is a stone wall that blocked two-thirds of the entrance to the Theopetra cave near Kalambaka on the north edge of the Thessalian plain. It was constructed 23,000 years ago, probably as a barrier to cold winds.

The dating matches the coldest period of the most recent ice age, indicating that the cavern's inhabitants built the stone wall to protect themselves from the cold,² said a release from the Greek ministry.

Paleontologists have been excavating the Theopetra cave since 1987. They say it was inhabited from the Upper Palaeolithic period (50,000 to 10,000 years ago) onwards.

The Special Olympics World Summer Games ATHENS 2011.

Our nation will host the biggest sporting event worldwide for the year 2011.

The only games in the world, where all participating athletes are Winners.

Winners in their struggle for our respect in their diversity.

Winners in their struggle for self-esteem.

Winners in their struggle to defend their special abilities.

From June 25 to July 4 2011 in Athens, 7,500 Special Olympics Athletes from 185 nations will compete in 22 Olympic-type sports. Click here to connect with the official website.....

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