CULTURE

‘Zorbas’ danced in Paris for AIDS

The Greek National Ballet performed Mikis Theodorakis’s ballet «Zorbas» at the Pierre Cardin Theater in Paris in support of children who have been orphaned by AIDS. It was a joint initiative by Ivory Coast Consul Mero Kesesioglou and the Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry’s UDAS directorate. The event was held under the aegis of the United Nations, and Peter Piot, general director of UNAIDS, was present. Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Nana Mouskouri presented the program. The audience included the wife of French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, the wife of French Foreign Minister Phillipe Douste-Blazy, Princesses Lea of Belgium and Milena of Liechtenstein and Anne de Bourbon Sicile and couturiers Pierre Cardin and Jean Louis Scherrer. All the proceeds will go to AIDS orphans, many of whom are HIV positive themselves. As Piot said: «Every 11 minutes a child dies of AIDS and every day 20,000 more contract HIV. The number of AIDS orphans exceeds 25 million.»