Organizers of the festival are Greek diaspora of Moscow in the face of Regional social youth Greek organization «Argo» with the Departure of national policy and regional connection of Moscow with the Association of women «Moscow society of Greeks» AGAPI.
September, 16 the whole garden «Hermitage» transformed to the island of Greece in the center of capital. Muscovites and guests of the capital had the opportunity to taste the Greek food, to buy Greek souvenirs and products, listen to the sounds of Greece and certainly to immerse themselves in the culture of this fabulous country.
This year of the 870th anniversary of Moscow the special event became the ceremony of transferring the Named gift to the capital from the many thousands diaspora of Russian Greeks.
At the main scene of «Acropolis» were presented General Consul of Greece in Moscow Eleni Vakali, coordinator of the projects of the Federal National and Cultural Autonomy of the Greeks of Russia Melina Leonova and Head of the Department of National Policy and Interregional Relations of Moscow Vitaly Suchkov. After the solemn opening ceremony of the festival took place the ceremony of giving the gift — a painting with the image of the city of Moscow`s patron Saint George the Victorious. The author of the painting is an outstanding artist Kostas Efimidis — a member of the Artists' Union of Greece and the Moscow international art foundation, his name is included in the international atlas of the creative people of Greece for his merits before the country in the sphere of art.
Organizers and high guests from Greek side congratulated Moscovites and the city with Happy birthday. General Consul of Greece in Moscow Eleni Vakali noticed that this year festival coincides with the anniversary of the capital, wished more sun than rain and thanked to the Greek diaspora of Moscow and Russia for their contribution to the strengthening of friendship between our nations. Coordinator of FNCA of Greeks of Russia Melina Leonova read a welcome address to the festival participants from the President of the FNCA of the Greeks of Russia Ivan Savvidi. There was noticed that the festival is during the 870th anniversary of Moscow — «a city to which the Greeks have a special warm feeling. Settled here or in the service of the Russia, many representatives of the Greek nation made a significant contribution to the formation and development of its capital. The gift that the Russian Greeks prepared for Moscow on its landmark anniversary is one more expression of love, respect and veneration for the main city of Russia». The organizers, participants and guests of the festival were congratulated by the Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin. From him was read congratulation by Vitaly Suchkov, head of the Department for National Politics and Interregional Relations.
At the festival was a very interesting program. Moscovites and guests of the capital could be at the master class of «Fables of Aesop» of Greek cultural center, at the master class of Eleni Pandgharidi — actress of theatre and cinema. They had opportunity not only to prepare correct Greek salad or «dzadziki» but to taste it immediately. In addition, the participant of the Association of Women of the Moscow Society of Greeks «Agapi» on the culinary master class shared with an ancient recipe for the preparation of Greek bread with olives «eleopsomo». At the fair, you could buy original Greek goods and try the most healthy and delicious fast food in the world — the Greek «gyros» from Moscow Greek restaurateurs.
Certainly a lot of Greek music and dances were presented. Guests of the festival were glad to welcome Russian artists such as Ksenia Georgiadi, Tais Urmudis, Nadeghda Rafailidi and other. Also were welcomed with pleasure guests from Greece such as Klara Miroforidou, the participant of Greek TV project «Voice», popular Pontian signer Gogos Ioannidis and the constant participant of the festival, the hitparade of MTVGreece musician group from Thessaloniki «Nonameband»!
From this September started Cross year of tourism Russia-Greece 2017–2018. Greece is one of the most favorite country for the rest among Russians, that`s why festival «Acropolis» every year causes great interest among the citizens and guests of the capital.
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