CULTURE

Digital journey through Golden Age of Greece

Deputy Minster of Culture Petros Tatoulis was recently given a tour around the Foundation of the Hellenic World and attended a digital-reality program about Ancient Olympia. Even more recently, it was the turn of Alternate Minister of Culture Fanni Palli-Petralia to visit the New Digital Planetarium and to watch the digital show «Journey without an End.» The Foundation’s second production includes a special tribute to the ancient Olympic Games, with a guided tour around the cities of Olympia, Athens, Knossos and Delphi. The alternate minister, who attended the show together with journalists, seemed impressed by the achievements of digital reality. The audience, comfortably seated in the planetarium’s deep seats, enjoyed an amazing 40-minute journey through Greece’s Golden Age in the fifth century BC, around the ruins of Olympia and other places. The show also makes references to the achievements of ancient Greek philosophers and to the foundation of the first scientific principles. The show is based on an original script, which connects different stories and thematic unities in a comprehensible way. The three-dimensional reconstructions were not just a journey through the ancient paths; they were also a journey through the paths of the future and of space exploration. What is noteworthy is that the planetarium’s first production, the screening of which started as soon as the new foundation opened last November, has attracted 290,000 visitors to date, most of whom were students. The exhibition «The Science of Sports» is also very popular and has attracted 90,000 visitors so far. The alternate culture minister congratulated the president of the Eugenidio Foundation, Leonidas Dimitriadis-Eugenides, as well as the director of the New Digital Planetarium, Dionyssis Simopoulos. She added that the Ministry of Culture and the General Secretariat for the Olympic Games will intensify their collaboration with the foundation, which has been strengthened because of the Olympic Games. «Journey Without End» will be screened until December and is expected to attract 75,000 visitors.