21 Απρ Three-day event in Syros.
27 Σεπτεμβρίου, 2008
The event started with an exhibition of Iakovos Koumis, painter from Hania, entitled "Dream Roots", in the Art Gallery of Cyclades.
The ceremony for the fraternisation of the Municipalities of Ermoupolis and Hania took place in the Theatre "Apollon", on Saturday, September 27th, 2008. The Mayor of Ermoupolis, Giannis Dekavalas, and the Mayor of Hania, Kiriakos Virvidakis opened the ceremony. Both Mayors emphasised on the historical bonds between the two cities and committed themselves to reinforce these bonds. The main speaker was the Deputy Mayor of Ermoupolis, Anna Vafia - Vaidi. After the speech, the two Mayors signed the fraternisation protocol and exchanged commemorative items. The ceremony closed with dances by the Lyceum Club of Greek Women of Syros.
The unveiling of Eleftherios Venizelos' bust was held on Sunday, September 28th, in Miaouli square, in Ermoupolis. The ceremony was organised by the Municipality of Ermoupolis, the Foundation and the Cretan Cultural Association of Syros. The MP of Cyclades, Panagiotis Rigas, the Secretary General of the Region of South Aegean, Haralambos Kokkinos, the Prefect of Cyclades, Dimitris Bailas, the Prefect of Hania and Vice Chairman of the Foundation, Grigoris Arhontakis, the Mayor of Ermoupolis, Giannis Dekavalas, the Mayor of Hania and Vice Chairman of the Foundation, Kiriakos Virvidakis, the President of the Pancretan Association of Athens, Georgios Maridakis and the President of the Cretan Association of Syros, Vasileios Kalivas spoke at the opening of the ceremony. All of them referred to the special relationship of Eleftherios Venizelos with Syros, where he lived as a refugee and went to Primary School and High School for a few years. The main speaker of the event was the Foundation's CEO, Nikolaos Papadakis, who spoke on the topic "Eleftherios Venizelos: From Antoniadis Lyceum to the High School of Syros" and referred to the influence of Syros on the cultural and political conscience of Eleftherios Venizelos. During the ceremony, it was announced that the Municipality of Ermoupolis, the Cretan Cultural Association of Syros and the Honorary President of the Municipal Council Antonis Markoulis will be acclaimed associates of the Foundation in a special ceremony that will be held in the Foundation's premises in Halepa, and the Mayor of Ermoupolis announced the foundation of the Association “Friends of the “National Research Foundation "Eleftherios K. Venizelos"” in Syros.
The Music and Dance Group of the Cultural Club "KOUMON" of Rethymno closed the ceremony.