CULTURE

WOMAD 2002 chief backs Marbles’ return

It’s a family gathering, a mixture of enthusiasm, youngsters and the gray-haired but young at heart at the Goudi equestrian center this weekend for WOMAD, the World of Music and Dance festival, being held under the auspices of the Cultural Olympiad. A varied program, great musicians and bands from around the world are the magnet, but Greek hearts were touched by this generous statement of WOMAD chief Steve Hendrel supporting the return of the Parthenon Marbles: «The WOMAD organization expresses complete support for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to their rightful home in Athens. We hope that the promotion of cultural dialogue which is represented by the WOMAD festival will have a positive bearing upon what must be regarded as a difficult and protracted process whereby Greece and the United Kingdom may resolve this historic blunder.» Soccer pools organization OPAP was another victim of the State’s privatization plans, tumbling 6.31 percent to 7.72 euros after the government said it will sell more off next month.