July 11, 1955

ATHENS FESTIVAL FOUNDED: Following a proposal by Minister to the Prime Minister Georgios I. Rallis, the Cabinet has decreed (by order No 1181 of June 30, 1955) that concerts and theater performances held annually in Athens in events will be known as the Athens Festival (…). The goals of the festival are as follows: To develop an international cultural movement in Athens in order to gather every year the best of Greece’s performing arts, both from home and abroad, as well as distinguished foreign artists and ensembles. Secondly, the aim is to increase mass-scale tourism in Greece, particularly during the off-season. Thirdly, it is to advertise Greek drama and music, both among Greeks and foreigners; and fourthly, to project an image of modern Greece abroad as a nation and as a culture. FOTOPOULOS-ILIOPOULOS: The Fotopoulos-Iliopoulos Theater Company is entering the ninth week of performances of the topical satire «Zero Unemployment» at the Samartzi Theater. Tickets cost 6 and 10 drachmas for all performances, afternoon and evening.

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