WEDNESDAY Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis pays an official visit to the island of Cyprus. To tomorrow. The Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies is hosting a lecture titled «Where Greece and Ireland Met: The Ancient Greek World in the Work of George Moore,» which will be given Dr Constantin Doulamis, Department of Classics, University College Cork, Ireland. The lecture starts at 8 p.m. at 51A Notara St, Athens. For more information, call 210.884.8074. City College and the Southeast European Research Center are organizing two events in Thessaloniki today until Saturday at the Electra Palace Hotel: The Technology Innovation International annual conference 2009 (speakers include Marguerite Gong Hancock and Dr Merle Jacob) and the International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development. The central theme will be «Entrepreneurship and Innovation Crossroads: Triggers, Catalysts and Accelerators for Sustainable Regional Development.» Speakers will be David White, Martin Curley and Simon Bensasson. The official language of the conference is English. For more information, visit or THURSDAY The German Archaeological Institute is hosting a lecture titled «Funerary Cults over Offering Trenches: The Case of the North Necropolis of Vari» by Alexandra Alexandridou. The lecture starts at 6 p.m., at 1 Fidiou St, Athens. For any additional information, call 210.330.7400. The Central Public Library of Sparta is hosting a three-day international conference in English and Greek on «Honoring the Dead in the Peloponnese,» starting today at 6.30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the University of Nottingham, the Municipality of Sparta and the Archaeological Institute of Peloponnesian Studies. For more information, visit FRIDAY Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis pays an official visit to Bulgaria until tomorrow, to attend Energy Summit 2009, which is focusing this year on the security issues surrounding the delivery of natural gas supplies to Europe. SATURDAY The Australian Embassy is organizing the commemoration of Anzac Day, to honor those who fought at Gallipoli, Turkey, during WWI, at 11 a.m. at the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Alimos (8 Posidonos). The ceremony is open to the public. SUNDAY Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis pays an official visit to Albania. To tomorrow. Philhellenism and International Solidarity Day is being celebrated a week later this year due to a conflict with the Easter holiday. The day commemorates the anniversary of the death of Lord Byron in Mesolongi in 1824. This year also marks the 200th anniversary of Lord Byron’s first visit to Greece.

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