DIALOGUES: Chinese New Year – January 2019

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s DIALOGUES series, carrying on the festive atmosphere of Christmas, welcomes the New Year with an event dedicated to the Chinese New Year.

On the second day after the new moon, following the winter solstice, red dominates, and the year of the Dog is succeeded by the year of the Pig. On January 30th, 2019, DIALOGUES meet China at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC). Exorcising bad luck, away from evil spirits, we get to know Chinese culture, its symbolism and traditions.

The first event of the DIALOGUES series for 2019 will host an open discussion with the public, and with representatives of Chinese culture in Greece, on the elements that bridge China and Greece, at the level of history, mentality and traditions, despite the seemingly large distance between the two countries. Furthermore, attendees will have the chance to enjoy a traditional program of festivities, including live music, martial arts, dancing with the dragon—China’s most iconic mythical animal—and many other surprises.

Speakers to the event include:

- Zhang Qiyue, Chinese Ambassador to Greece
- Ζu Lijun, Director of Business Confucius Institute at Athens University of Economics and Business 
- Angelos Chaniotis, Professor of Ancient History and Classics at the Institute for Advanced Study

The discussion between the speakers and the public will be coordinated by journalist Anna-Kynthia Bousdoukou.

The event will take place on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 at 17:30 (EET) at the Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera at the SNFCC and is free and open to the public. Participants must pre-register online, on a first-come first-serve basis. 

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The event will be live streamed via www.SNF.org/live and will be available on demand on the SNF’s website.