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February  2016
1 Mon Monday 1 February 2016, 7.15pm - The Hellenic Centre Patrick Leigh Fermor and SOE in Crete A lecture in English by Costas Mamalakis, Crete's leading expert on the Second World War and the resistance in Crete. Consultant in Modern History to the Historical Museum of Crete, Costas has been the moving force behind the publication of several memoirs of the resistance, including the most recent: 'Tom J. Dunbabin: An Archaeologist at War'. Costas will be spending the week prior to this presentation reviewing documents in the PLF Archive in Edinburgh, and will be able to bring new insights to the many documents in Greek that have yet to be properly evaluated. He will be supported by Chris and Peter White and Gabriella Bullock. Free entry for members of the PLF Society, non members £10. Further information and bookings at info@patrickleighfermorsociety.org Organised by the Patrick Leigh Fermor Society.
2 Tue Tuesday 2 February to Thursday 3 March 2016 - The Hellenic Centre Hanging Gardens Tonia Avdelopoulou exhibits her last artwork, an aesthetic and factual contentment of an urban landscape, based on material configuration. Private view on Wednesday 17 February, 6.30-8.30pm. For opening hours call 020 7487 5060. Supported by the Hellenic Centre.
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5 Fri Friday 5 February, 8pm - The Hellenic Centre Vasilopitta organised by the Hellenic Medical Society for its members and friends. Further information at secretary@hellenicmedicalsocietyuk.org  or www.hellenicmedicalsocietyuk.org 
6 Sat Saturday 6 February, 6.30pm to 2am - London Hilton, Park Lane 21st Annual Dinner Dance Reception, dinner, entertainment, surprises, raffle draw and dancing until the early hours, at London’s premier Greek Shipping event. Further information at info@hesgb.com  or on 020 8247 3960. Organised by the Hellenic Engineers Society of Great Britain.
7 Sun Sunday 7 February, 5.30pm - Andipa Gallery, 162 Walton Street, London SW3 2JL Song Recital with Kimon Palikaropoulos. Tickets £5. Bookings and further information on 07808 777946 or at kimon.pallikaropoulos@gmail.com  Organised by the Ionian Society.
8 Mon Monday 8 February, 7pm to 8.30pm - The Hellenic Centre Ancient Sites, Modern Interventions and Literary Reactions Ι The first of a series of four lectures in English on Modern Greece and the Classical Tradition - An Introduction to Modern Greek Literature and Culture with Dr Polina Tambakaki (King’s College London). The session will look at how famous ancient monuments in Attica, such as the Acropolis of Athens, the Theseion (Temple of Hephaestus) and the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, are treated in modern Greek poetry (Andreas Kalvos; George Seferis and Nicolas Calas) and prose (Alexandros Papadiamantis). Language: English, all texts will be read in English translation. Detailed information on the series at the end of the Diary listings. Entry by ticket; limited availability; early booking recommended. Bookings on 020 7487 5060. Organised by the Hellenic Centre.
9 Tue Tuesday 9 February, 7pm - The Hellenic Centre In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great: Further Reflections of an Epic Journey An illustrated lecture by Michael Wood. Further information and bookings at admin@gacuk.org www.gacuk.org  Organised by the Greek Archaeological Committee UK.
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21 Sun Sunday 21 February, 3pm - Andipa Gallery, 162 Walton Street, London SW3 2JL Of the Fire, of the Wind and of the Road without Return An one woman puppet, mask and shadow show for all ages, based on a Greek fairy tale, with Stella Michael. Director Nikolas Kamtsis, designer Mika Panagou, puppets and masks Stella Makridou. Tickets £10. Bookings and further information on 07808 777946 or at stellamihail@hotmail.com  Organised by the Ionian Society.
22 Mon Monday 22 February, 7.15pm - The Hellenic Centre Sounion Revisited: The Sanctuaries of Poseidon and Athena at Sounion in Attica Book by Zetta Theodoropoulou Polychroniadis presented by Professor Sir John Boardman and Professor Catherine Morgan, Oxford University and Dr Lesley Fittom, British Library. The book provides answers on the early cults with emphasis on the identity of the deities worshipped at the sanctuaries of Poseidon and Athena at Sounion from the Late Geometric to the dawn of the Classical period. It is the first detailed and comprehensive examination and interpretation, of a wide selection of unpublished small finds of different categories and materials discovered in the bothroi and the landfills and sets them into context. Free entry; booking essential on 020 7563 9835 or at press@helleniccentre.org  Organised by the Hellenic Centre.
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24 Wed Wednesday 24 February, 7.15pm - The Hellenic Centre Saving the Greece we Love A visual presentation in English of the work of ELLINIKI ETAIRIA - Society for the Environment & Cultural Heritage. At a time of crisis when the foundations of the society are being shaken, hundreds of individuals - specialist and volunteers - fight to preserve the unique environment and cultural heritage of Greece, with some important successes. Free entry; booking essential on 020 7563 9835 or at press@helleniccentre.org  Organised by the Anglo-Hellenic League, info@anglohellenicleague.com
25 Thu Thursday 25 February, 7.15pm - The Hellenic Centre Paddy Leigh Fermor and Friends: Explorations in his Archive An illustrated lecture in English by Sir Michael Llewellyn Smith (former UK Ambassador to Greece 1996-99). Free entry. Further information and bookings on 020 7862 8730 or at office@hellenicsociety.org.uk www.hellenicsociety.org.uk  Organised by the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies.
26 Fri Friday 26 February, 7pm - The Hellenic Centre Launch of Reading’s Corpus of Cypriote Antiquities An event celebrating the catalogue publication of the 113 Cypriote objects in Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology at the University of Reading and Reading Museum. The objects ranging from pottery, lamps and metalwork to ceramic and stone sculpture, were donated to the museums in the 20th century. Some of these artefacts were collected by the Palmer family during their 19th century travels in Cyprus while others were formerly in the British Museum. Some of the items were given in honour of specific individuals, such as W M Childs, the first Vice Chancellor of the University of Reading. More than 50% of the objects are on display in the Ure Museum while others are actively used by local children as part of the Reading Museum School Loans scheme. Free entry but registration essential at https://culturalcy.eventbrite.co.uk  ure@reading.ac.uk  or on 0118 378 6990. Organised by the Cultural Department of the Cyprus High Commission.
27 Sat Saturday 27 February, 7.30pm. Manor Hill Greek School Dinner & Dance at the Royal National Hotel.
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