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Greece and Cyprus qualify to Eurovision 2019 Grand Finals

Greece and Cyprus qualified on Tuesday night to Finals of the 64th Eurovision Contest that is taking place in Tel Aviv. Katerina Duska sang for Greece “Better Love” and Tamta for Cyprus “Replay.” Greek-Canadian singer Katerina Duska wrote “Better Love” together with Greek songwriter Leon of Athens and Scottish David …

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Alexander the Great statue is erected in downtown Athens

First steps to erect the statue of Alexander the Great in downtown Athens are proceeding with a fast pace after workers placed its base on Tuesday. The statue erection follows a decision of Athens Municipality. The statue will be erected at the corner between Amalias and Vasilissis Olgas avenues, just …

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Middle Ages: Protesters cancel Rotting Christ gig due to “obscene name”

Middle Ages are apparently alive and kicking in Greece of 2019, with religious and nationalist groups to have managed to cancel a concert by black metal band Rotting Christ, a band that has been around for 30 years. The concert cancellation was an apparent response to protests over the obscenity …

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Varoufakis, Schaeuble & Co: The casting for Gavras’ movie “Adults in the Room”

Famous Greek director Costas Gavras has started his new project: the filming of “Adults in the Room,” the book of former fiance minister Yanis Varoufakis about the fatal first half of 2015, that granted Greece another bailout program. “The history of a country and its people trapped in a power …

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Composer Mikis Theodorakis discharged from hospital in Athens

After almost three weeks in hospital Mikis Theodorakis returned home on Thursday. The 94-year-old composer was hospitalized since February 26, when he was rushed to hospital with dyspnoea and tachycardia on recurrent atrial fibrillation. On March 8, he received a pacemaker. He remained hospitalized receiving intravenous medication and was discharged …

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Iconic Dromeas to fall victim of “cultural exchange” between Athens and Skopje?

The iconic glass sculpture of Dromeas, the Runner, is to fall victim of a so-called cultural exchange between Athens and Skopje. Its creator, sculptor Costas Varotsos denounced that the Greek Culture Ministry plans to send Dromeas to Skopje and receive, instead, one of the many sculptures of Alexander the Great …

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Athens downtown turns into battlefield for the sake of a Hollywood film

Greeks were surprised to see clashes between protesters and riot police forces on Sunday morning. Garbage bins were set on fire and tear gas was fired when angry protesters armed with sticks attacked a group of police forces. What was odd, though, was that the clashes took place in an …

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187 books of Greek authors and poets at Athens Airport passengers’ lounge

187 books of important Greek writers and poets are waiting to be read at the passengers’ lounge of the International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos in Athens. The books to be read by passengers while waiting for their flight are in Greek and in English. The action “Athens as a Book” was …

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“Born to be murdered”: Hollywood dust over Syntagma Square

Syntagma Square in downtown Athens will be sprinkled with Hollywood dust and glam when the film set for “Born to be murdered” will be staged over the weekend and close main avenues to traffic. The film is adaptation of the mystery novel with the same name, written by Elinore Denniston …

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Mikis Theodorakis hospitalized with heart condition, doctors cautious

Famous Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis has been hospitalized since last week after suffering a a heart condition. Initial media information speak of atrial fibrillation. The 94-year-old remains in a private hospital in the North suburbs of Athens on Thursday, where doctor treat the heart condition with medication. Doctors reportedly remain …

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Pulitzer-winning photographer Yannis Behrakis dies at 58

Pulitzer-winning photographer, Yannis Behrakis, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 58.  In his 30-year long career at Reuters, Behrakis covered main conflict areas around the world. He touched millions of people worldwide with his snapshots from the Refugee crisis in Greece. His coverage of the refugee …

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Greece’s Beau, actor Phaedon Georgitsis dies at the age of 80

One of the most attractive men on the Greek film screen: actor Phaedon Georgitsis died at the age of 80 after a long battle against cancer. He starred in more than 40 films, dramas as well as comedies. 13 of the films where he head a leading role were produced …

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Blooming peach trees in Veria: Photo Contest March 16-17

Carpets of pink blossoms transform the rolling hills of Veria each spring. The blooming peach trees are perhaps among Greece’s best kept “secrets”. In recent years, the local community tries to turn Veria’s famous peach farms into a tourist attraction and organizes photography contests as well as other events in …

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Lanthimos’ tears as Olivia Colman holds her Oscar acceptance speech

Actress Olivia Colman won Best Actress Oscar 2019 Award for her performance as Queen Anne in Yorgos Lanthimos film “The Favourite.” Despite the ten nominations, The Favourite won only one Award – but it seems that in the 91. Academy every film went home with only one Oscar. Upon hearing …

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