Beijing will be host to an ambitious year-old series of events, entitled “Cultural Year of Greece in China” through the autumn of 2008, featuring various aspects of the east Mediterranean nation’s modern culture and kicking off on at the end of this month with a concert in memory of opera diva Maria Callas.
The series of events officially begin on Oct. 19 with performance of Greek composer Stamatis Spanoudakis’ new work “Alexander: Paths you haven’t traveled”. The Sept. 27, 2007 concert will feature noted mezzo-soprano Agnes Baltsa.
According to the culture ministry’s leadership on Tuesday, events will include theatrical performances, cinema tributes, dance, archaeological and modern art exhibitions, opera, folk concerts, modern and popular music, conferences as well as book exhibitions.
Additionally, the Hellenic Cultural Centre will open in the centre of the Chinese capital for the next two years -- coinciding with Beijing’s hosting of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games -- where it is expected to host exhibitions, seminars as well as commercial events.
Source: Athens News Agency