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“12 Hours for Greece” in Brussels

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The 12 HOURS FOR GREECE initiative in Brussels organizes the event  ”Democracy Revisited”. 

On Europe Day 2013 (May 9th), and in the context of the European Year of the Citizen, hundreds of European citizens will send a message of solidarity to Greece through the initiative ‘12 hours for Greece’.

At the Cultural Centre Halles de Schaerbeek in Brussels, from 10 am to 5.30pm,

200 readers of all ages and backgrounds will participate in a marathon reading of Plato’s Republic, produced by the Greek NGO EllinikoTheatro.

Representatives of European Union institutions and of the Belgian federal and regional governments, diplomats, artists and journalists are expected to join hundreds of citizens who will read their passages in their own way and language, one after the other, in approximately 8 hours.

Their common aim will be to send a dynamic message of solidarity with Greece from the heart of the EU, reflecting what Greece gave to Europe and the world and what she is currently revisiting for herself: fair and just democracy and responsible citizenship. The reading will be enhanced by on-stage projections of related images and of a translation of the Republic in English. The reading is inspired by the successful presentation of Homer’s Odyssey last year by the same producers and the international organization The Readers of Homer.

The evening will continue with a TED-like conference on the theme of democracy and on emerging innovative social and entrepreneurial projects in Greece.

In the context of the Year of CavafyAlexandra Gravas will then present a short musical program on the great Hellenic poet, accompanied by short poetry readings by leading European writers and artists.

The evening will close with a music concert by renowned Greek singers Lavrentis MachairitsasMiltos PaschalidisDimitri Starovas and Dimitra Papiou, followed by a traditional dance show by local groups.

All day long, the Cultural Centre Halles de Schaerbeek will host exhibitions, film projections, talks and other events related to Greek culture and gastronomy.

The inspirers of this initiative are an independent group of European citizens based in Brussels. Αll artists involved are participating pro bono, while production costs are covered by local and international sponsors.

Visit the 12HoursForGreece website

Register to the marathon reading here

For further information please contact: info@12hoursforgreece.com