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Opening of the Trans-Balkan Festival of Ancient Drama


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It is an institution that will present in our country selected performances and actions from the Balkans with ancient drama as a vehicle

With success and the participation of hundreds of visitors, the “curtain” of the newly established institution “Trans-Balkan Festival of Ancient Drama” was opened, with the international two-day event – in the form of an opening – organized by the Region of Attica at the Attic Grove Theater “Katina Paxinos”.

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It is an institution that will present in our country selected performances and actions from the Balkans using ancient drama as a vehicle. As he pointed out in his message, the regional governor of Attica, George Patouliswhich was read by the deputy governor of Culture, Harry Romasthe goal is from the summer of 2023 and every year to present in this space the best that the theater community of the Balkans has to show both in presentations of ancient drama performances and in modern approaches to the genre».

He emphasized that for the region, “culture is a top priority, as it enhances the quality of life of citizens, broadens our intellectual horizons and at the same time projects the positive image of the region and all of Greece on a global level”. In closing, he underlined that “the organization of such important events, which leave a strong imprint on the cultural events of the country, proves that Attica is a timeless, cosmopolitan metropolis of culture».

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The evening was graced, among others, by the presence of the president and general director of the “Mihalis Kakogiannis” Foundation, Xenia Kaldara, and the artistic director of the Municipal Theater of Piraeus, Lefteris Yovanidiswhile on the second day, the public watched Euripides’ “Iketides” through the eyes of Dimos Abdeliodis.

Also, the establishment of the inter-Balkan festival was honored by their participation in the work (of the first day), on the theme “Ancient Drama as a timeless source of inspiration and creation”, speakers from the most important theatrical institutions of the Balkans such as: The general director and the head of the International Department of the Plovdiv Drama Theater Krastyu Krastev and Lora Chenakova from Bulgaria, the artistic director of the Craiova National Theater and International Shakespeare Festival Vlad Drăgulescu, the artistic advisor at the National Theater Lucian Blaga Iulia Huiculescu from Romania, the artistic director of the Bylis Theater in Fier Klajdi Marku from Albania, the general director of the Sarajevo Winter International Theater Festival Ibrahm Spahic from Bosnia-Herzegovina and the artistic director of the Yugoslav Drama Theater Gorcin Stojanovic from Serbia. On the Greek side, the assistant professor of the University of Patras, Agis Marinis, the head of International Relations & Drama of the National Theater, Irini Moutraki, the dramatist Konstantinos Bouras and the historian of Culture Sissy Papathanasiou participated.

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