CULTURE

Two-day conference to highlight work of Grigoris Xenopoulos

A two-day conference devoted to Grigoris Xenopoulos is being held at the Stoa tou Vivliou (5 Pesmazoglou and Stadiou Sts) today and tomorrow. Xenopoulos (1867-1951) was an all-round man of letters, now best known for his work as a playwright and historian. The Greek Literary and Historical Archive (ELIA) organized the conference with the support of the Culture Ministry and the National Book Center (EKEBI). The purpose of the conference and other parallel events is to make Xenopoulos and the full range of his work better known. Sixteen academics, critics and scholars will look at Xenopoulos as a writer, critic and educator and also at his work in relation to romanticism, realism and naturalism. The conference starts at 10.15 a.m. ELIA also plans various publications to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Xenopoulos’s death. These include a reissue of his play Nikolaos Sigalos, an anthology of unpublished theoretical and critical texts, and publication of the Grigoris Xenopoulos Bibliography in four parts. ‘I Diaplasis ton Paidon’ For more than 50 years, from 1894 to 1948, Xenopoulos was editor of the educational magazine I Diaplasis ton Paidon. Few full sets of the magazine are still in existence, but ELIA has made use of the latest technology to make this historical material widely accessible. ELIA is also bringing out a series of CDs containing copies of all the issues printed during that period. It is also producing an educational package intended for children ages 9-12. This will include a website where children can access sample stories and games from the magazine. Calatrava aims to inject a human aspect and high architectural aesthetic appeal into his Olympic projects, he underlined. For the Olympic complex, he has chosen to use Byzantium arches that convey a message of higher, further, stronger.