CULTURE

Weekend festival for youngsters; new publications

April 2, the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen, is International Children’s Book Day and the National Book Center (EKEBI) has organized a children’s book festival at Technopolis. Games, readings, theater and painting workshops will be accompanied by exhibitions of illustration and bookbinding. Old and new books will be on sale at a discount from 38 publishers, and children can meet some of their favorite writers. The annual prizes awarded by the Greek Children’s Book Circle will be announced at the festival. (100 Pireos, Gazi, Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Epidaurus «Epidaurus: The Ancient Theater: The Performances,» is being launched today, World Theater Day, at noon. The speakers are the deputy director of the German Archaeological Institute, Hermann Kienast, theater specialists Walter Puchner, Eleni Flessa-Emmanouil and Alexis Solomos, as well as critic and poet Yiannis Varveris. Also present will be some of the authors, including Costas Georgopoulos and Savvas Gogos, and noted actors who have performed at Epidaurus. Organized by the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation and Militos Press. (Byzantine and Christian Museum, 22 Vassilissis Sofias.) Cavafy Interest in C.P. Cavafy never wanes. A new book on the Alexandrian poet, «The Last Days of Constantine Cafavy» by Philippos Philippou, is being launched by Patakis Publishers at Eleftheroudakis book store tomorrow at 7 p.m. Journalist Yiannis Baskozos and the author will speak. (17 Panepistimiou, tel 210.33.14.180-5.) The Marbles Evgenia Kefallinaiou presents arguments by British and Greek writers for the return of the sculptures taken by Lord Elgin in «The Parthenon Marbles and Byron’s Accusation» (Olkos), together with the Visconti catalog of the Marbles and photographs of the Parthenon friezes, at the Benaki Museum on April 1 at 8 p.m. Angelos Delivorias, Antonis Karkayiannis and Marios Byron Raizis will speak. (1 Koumbari, tel 210.3621.379.)