14 JANUARY 2014 / Grants from the SNF support a series of events in Athens, Brussels, France and the U.S., on the occasion of Greece assuming the Presidency of the Council of the European Union

On the occasion of Greece assuming the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (January-June 2014), the Board of Directors of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation has approved a series of new grants for the implementation of various events in Athens, Brussels, France and the U.S., aimed at the country’s international promotion.

The Foundation’s grants pertain primarily to supporting educational talks, academic seminars and cultural events, whose main objective is to place Greece at the epicenter of international and European interest, highlighting the country’s positive features and real potential and prospects as well as the critical challenges it is currently facing. In addition, the grants in question are aimed at internationally promoting the timeless contribution of our country to the rich social, educational and cultural heritage of Europe.

The events scheduled in Athens, Brussels, France and the U.S., with support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, include:

  • The first cultural event, which will be held today, January 14th, in Brussels, as part of the Greek Presidency of the European Union. This is an opening concert entitled “Greece and the Baroque Opera”(La Grèce et l' Οpéra Βaroque) performed by Armonia Atenea, at the Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels. Armonia Atenea, under the direction of the internationally renowned Greek conductor, George Petrou, will present excerpts from well-known operatic pieces in the theme of Greek mythology. 
  • In addition, the Foundation is supporting the exhibition “No Country for Young Men: Contemporary Greek Art in Times of Crisis”, which is taking place in BOZAR as part of a broad program of cultural events entitled “Focus on Greece”. The exhibition addresses the impact of the economic crisis in Greek society, through the work of approximately 20 artists representing different generations. The exhibition will be held from March 25th to August 3rd 2014, with free entry to the public. The events of the “Focus on Greece” program begin on January 14th, and will continue through August 2014, and include exhibitions, music and theater performances, as well as cinema events, all of which promote the place and role of Greece in the cultural history of Europe. The full schedule of “Focus on Greece” events taking place at BOZAR is available on the website www.bozar.be 
  • A grant by the Foundation also supports the cultural program entitled “Greece-France Alliance 2014”, a bilateral cultural and educational program carried out in conjunction with the French Institute in Greece, aimed at strengthening the cultural ties and fostering the exchange of knowledge between the two countries. From January to June 2014, one hundred (100) cultural events will be held in Greece and France, in collaboration with thirty (30) Greek organizations, as part of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The full schedule of the “Greece-France Alliance 2014” program will be available on the website www.gfa.gr 
  • Funding for events scheduled as part of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union concludes with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s grant to support the Europe Program’s Bilateral Dialogues Series on the Presidency of the European Union in 2014. The seminars are organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies – CSIS and will focus on important political, economic, commercial and geopolitical issues that pertain to the relations between the U.S. and the European Union. More information on CSIS’s Europe Program is available on their website www.csis.org.