July 10-13, 1955

PAPAGOS’S HEALTH: New York, 9 – The announcement that Prime Minister of Greece Field Marshal Alexandros Papagos had fully recovered his health and that he had resumed his duties was received with great satisfaction in both US and Greek circles, and has removed concerns that over the past week had been fueled by persistent rumors of a crisis within the government. ATHENS FESTIVAL FOUNDED: Following a proposal by Minister to the Prime Minister Georgios I. Rallis, Cabinet has ordered (by order No 1181 of June 30, 1955) that concerts and theater performances be held annually in Athens in events to be known as the Athens Festival (…). The goals of the festival are to develop an international cultural movement in Athens in order to gather every year the best of Greece’s performing arts, both at home and abroad, as well as distinguished foreign artists and ensembles, to increase mass-scale tourism in Greece, particularly during the off-season. Thirdly, it aims 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.

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