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First Eco-Festival at Marathon

The inaugural Marathon Eco-Festival, which promises to combine a day out in the countryside with environmental awareness-raising events, will be held from Monday, April 25, to Sunday, May 1, at the former Olympic Rowing Center in Schinias, northeastern Attica.

Workshops, lectures, screenings, tours and other events will help promote an alternative way of thinking about how we factor our impact on the environment into our everyday routines. The event also aims to highlight the importance of the areas of Marathon and nearby Schinias as ecosystems and as sights of great historical interest.

Participants in the festival will include organic farmers who will display their produce and discuss their farming methods, a group of architects who work with clay, an agriculturalist who will present a workshop on composting, artists who will organize workshops for children and adults, a botanist who will present the benefits of various herbs and spices, as well as representatives of the local New Guinea group, who will conduct a workshop on alternative energy and energy management.

On the sidelines of the educational activities, there will also be tours conducted around the Schinias National Park to highlight its biodiversity and history, bicycle tours, film screenings and live music performances.

The event will get under way at 7 p.m. on Monday. Admission to all events are free of charge.

To find out more, log on to http://marathonecofestival.wordpress.com or e-mail marathon.ecoga[email protected]