SOCIETY

Anatolia celebrates 125 years

The Anatolia/American College of Thessaloniki is celebrating 125 years since its establishment with a special celebration organized by the Athens branch of its alumni association at the Nasioutzik Museum in Spata (off Spaton Avenue, tel 210.663.2000) on Saturday, June 4.

Highlights will include exhibitions and performances by painters, sculptors, photographers and actors who have graduated from the institution, while the 30 visual artists who are being represented will attend the opening of their joint exhibition on the same day. This will be followed by a performance created by Rena Riga and featuring actors Renia Louizidou and Akis Sakellariou on the anniversary of one of the country?s oldest private learning institutes.

Anatolia (which has college, high/middle school and elementary levels), was founded in 1886 in Merzifounda (Merzifoun) in Anatolia, Turkey, and drew children from all around the Balkan and the Black Sea regions until 1919, when it was shut down during the expulsion of the Greeks from Turkey and transferred to the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, where it continues to be a premiere institution in the Balkans.

The staff consists of Greek and American teachers, while the alumni society is active in promoting education through a scholarship program benefiting children who are in parts of the country where there is little if any access to higher education.