Events organised by the Press and Communication Office in New York - 2009
December 17 - Presentation of the novel Café Tempest by Barbara Bonfigli
On the occasion of the publication of the novel Café Tempest by Barbara Bonfigli, the Greek Press and Communication Office in New York hosted an event on December 17, 2009, in the presence of the Consul General of Greece, Mrs. Aghi Balta.
In her opening remarks the Consul General stressed that Ms Bonfigli is "a person who loves life and especially Greece", while the author, interviewed live by Soterios Johnson - the famous WNYC anchorman - spoke about her novel – a "fictional memoir" that transports readers to a Greek island – her love for Greece and invited everybody to "feel Greece" and to "discover his or her own paradise on Earth through travelling". Finally, she expressed her ambition to see her book translated into Greek.
October 27 - “Spirituality and the environment: The example of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew”
On the occasion of the visit to New York of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (October 20 – November 3, 2009) and in view of the Patriarch's seminal work on the environment and climate change, the Hellenic Kyklos Club (the association of Greek workers to the United Nations and other friends of Greece) in partnership with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Council, organized an event in the Greek Press and Communication Office, on Tuesday, October 27, 2009.
The event, entitled “Spirituality and the environment: The example of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew”, included the screening of the short documentary "Living Waters" and a discussion with the participation of Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, environmental advisor to Patriarch Bartholomew and author of numerous books and Sister Joan Kirby, former President of the Religious NGOs at the United Nations and Director of the Temple of Understanding. The discussion was moderated by Georgios Kostakos, President of the Hellenic Kyklos.
October 15 - “The Journey: The Greek American dream”
On Thursday October 15, 2009, the Greek Press and Communication Office in New York hosted the screening of the documentary “The Journey: The Greek American dream” by director Maria Iliou.
The film narrates the Greek immigration to America from 1890 to 1980 through previously unseen archival photographic and film footage which tell the fascinating history of Greek immigrants to the United States, while interviews with prominent Greek Americans (among them Senator Paul Sarbanes, writer George Pelecanos, historian Alexander Kitroeff), complement the photographic material. The documentary attracted a big audience, especially Greek-American youth.
October 13, 2009 - NCSR-Demokritos
The Director and President of the Board of the Greek National Centre of Scientific Research "DEMOKRITOS" (NCSR-Demokritos), Dr. Dimitris Niarchos, spoke to the Greek-American media representatives, yesterday (Tuesday, October 13, 2009), at the Greek Press and Communication Office in New York City.
Dr. Niarchos, who came to New York as a guest lecturer at the City College Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences in the context of a new course on global climate change, spoke about the NCSR-Demokritos, his meetings in New York, the collaboration between 'Demokritos' and different American scientific institutes and the forthcoming signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between City College of New York and NCSR-Demokritos.
September 25, 2009 - Mimis Plessas in New York
The internationally acclaimed Greek composer and pianist Mimis Plessas held a Press Conference on Friday September 25 in the premises of the Greek Press and Communication Office, ahead of his performances at the Queens Theatre in the Park on the 26th and 27th of September and at the Dizzy’s Jazz Club on the 28th.
The Greek composer talked about his long-time career in the musical industry as well as his excitement upon returning after 22 years to the melting pot of musical trends that is New York. Mimis Plessas was accompanied in the Press Conference by vocalist Evi Siamanda and New York based vibraphonist Christos Rafalides, his partners in the New York performances and the cd-recording “Echo: the music of Mimis Plessas” (Emarel Music).
Mimis Plessas lavished praise on Christos Rafalides who initiated the idea of launching the performances in New York, pointing out his artistic gifts as well as his creative passion. As for the vocalist Evi Siamanda, the Greek composer referred to her interpretations of his songs as equal in artistry to the classical and timeless ones of the great singers of the Greek musical scene.
September 10, 2009 - Screening of the movie “Bank Bang”
On Thursday September 10, 2009, the Greek Press and Communication Office in New York hosted the screening of the movie Bank Bang by director Argyris Papadimitropoulos.
Bank Bang, which was the fifth in a series of film screenings aimed to familiarize the American and Greek-American audience with the contemporary Greek cinema, attracted a large audience, among them many correspondents from the United nations, members of foreign Missions and members of the Greek-American Community of New York.
March 27, 2009 - Screening of "Politiki Koyzina"
On Friday, March 27, 2009, the Greek Press and Communication Office in New York hosted the screening of the Greek movie “Politiki Koyzina” by Tassos Boulmetis.
This was the second of a series of screenings aimed to familiarize the American and Greek-American audience with the contemporary Greek cinema.
The event was honored by many American journalists, members of the Greek-American community of New York as well as foreign and Greek UN correspondents.
January 27, 2009 - Remembrance Day of The Holocaust
On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27), the Greek Press and Communication Office in New York hosted an event organized by the American Friends of the Jewish Museum of Greece (AFJMG) in memory of the victims of the Greek Jewry who perished in the Holocaust.
In her opening remarks the Consul General Mrs Aghi Balta stressed that history should not be ignored for we risk allowing such atrocities to be repeated in the future.
Speaking about the Remembrance Day, the President of the AFJMG Mr Solomon Asser reminded the audience that January 27th marks the day the Soviets came to the liberation of the people held at the concentration camp of Auswitch.
Rabi Martin Cohen took the floor next, reciting a prayer in memory of the dead and underlying the need to recognize the obligation of all human beings to stop the evil that does harm to people.
The event concluded with the projection of the Movie “Triumph of the Spirit”, a 1989 film by director Robert M. Young, starring William Dafoe and Edward James Olmos, based on the true story of a young couple from Thessaloniki who managed to survive the concentration camp of Auswitch.