CULTURE

Aegean Environment Center to open soon

The Patmos Culture Society building in Hora, Patmos, which was donated to the Hellenic Society by Efthalia Constantinidi, will become the Aegean Sea Environment Center. Every two years the center will hold an environmental symposium in memory of the late Sadruddin Aga Khan, who was an old friend of the island. The center will also run seminars on Aegean civilization and the environment in conjunction with Greek and foreign universities. That was the good news on the Aegean, announced at the society’s neoclassical building at 28 Tripodon Street in Plaka. Aegean and Island Policy Minister Aristotelis Pavlidis lauded the society’s fine work. President Costas Karras presented the society’s varied activities in the Aegean. Professor Maria Vassilaki of Athens University presented Constantinidi’s work on Byzantine art. Vice President Constantinos Stasinopoulos, who is also president of the Patmos Culture Society, told the story of the latter since its foundation in 1968. Architect Spyros Papanastassiou presented the Patmos building and the event concluded with the presentation of a commemorative plaque to Constantinidi.