CULTURE

Questions in search of answers

As much as those in charge would like to defuse tensions following the cancellations and the financial situation of the Cultural Olympiad in view of the upcoming Athens 2004 Games, the questions are pressing. 1. Is it true that «Outlook,» the international art exhibition, went over budget by about 2 million euros? The initial figure of 600,000 euros turned into 2.5 million euros – with 250,000 euros still to be paid. 2. Why has the Athens Concert Hall’s opening production for 2002, Strauss’s «Frau Ohne Schatten,» at a cost of 1.9 million euros, still not been paid by the Cultural Olympiad to the Athens Concert Hall? 3. The above is also true of other events with pending finances. If this is the case, to what extent? And why, considering that according to Evgenios Giannakopoulos there is enough money in the Cultural Olympiad’s till, are debts not being settled? The answers might come at a certain cost, but the price of remaining silent is greater.