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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-07-07

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  • [01] FM Lambrinidis in Vienna
  • [02] Kalamata International Dance Festival
  • [03] Tourist arrivals 9.52pct up

  • [01] FM Lambrinidis in Vienna

    VIENNA (ANA-MPA/D. Dimitrakoudis) - Greek Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis will be discussing a series of issues of mutual interest for the two countries, focusing on developments on the economic situation in Greece and its European dimension with his Austrian counterpart, Vice Chancellor of the Austrian government and leader of the conservative People's Party Michael Spindelegger during their meeting in Vienna on Thursday.

    Talks between the two foreign ministers are also expected to include the issue of the Western Balkans and the Greek initiative "Agenda 2014", Turkey's European perspective as well as the situation in North Africa and the Middle East.ana-mpa

    The Greek Foreign minister is expected to brief his Austrian counterpart on the government's efforts to tackle and overcome the economic and fiscal crisis, the great structural reforms that it has promoted and which already have positive results with many sacrifices by the Greek people.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    [02] Kalamata International Dance Festival

    ANA-MPA/The Kalamata International Dance Festival is the crown event of the year for the city's International Dance Centre, which was founded in the spring of 1995 for the purpose of supporting and promoting the art of dance via research, education, and artistic activities and creativity.

    This year's Festival, which opens on July 14, features six productions, eight performances, and choreographers and dancers from five countries, namely France, Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Greece.

    Currently in its 17th year as an active presence in the Greek dance scene, thanks to the support of the local authorities, the Kalamata Festival has earned itself a special place on the festival map of the Mediterranean South, and built bridges to international dance creativity.ana-mpa

    A number of influential figures, whose work is shaping the history of contemporary dance, made their first Greek appearance at Kalamata, while the Festival has also taken care to promote and support Greek creativity in the field by commissioning works from talented Greek choreographers and supporting new companies in their experimental explorations.ana-mpa

    Another integral part of the Festival is the seminars and talks aimed at dance students and professions alike, while other parallel events include publications and video dance productions.

    From the very start, the Festival was programmed with two considerations in mind: the wide range of trends in contemporary dance and the ever-larger audiences this art-form attracts. Today, sixteen years down the line, every year sees a widely-varied audience enthusiastically respond to the call of the Festival.

    Kalamata, the city of dance, is set to host its 17th annual programme of events between the 14th and 21st of July.ana-mpa

    The Festival opens next Thursday (July 14) with "Babel" (Words), a co-production by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet and Antony Gormley, that will also be presented the following day.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    [03] Tourist arrivals 9.52pct up

    ANA-MPA/Tourist arrivals at airports throughout Greece rose by 9.52 percent in the first half of the year, according to provisional figures released on Thursday by the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE).

    Visitors arrivals at Greek airports rose by 9.52 percent, totalling 4,214,220 arrivals in the period January-June 2011.

    Foreign tourist arrivals at Greek airports in the month of June alone reached 1,782,673 marking a 15.8 percent rise against the same month last year.

    The destinations posting the largest increases in the first half of the year were the islands of Rhodes and Kos, with 33.25 percent and 31.07 percent respectively.

    Substantial increases were also posted in Thessaloniki (11.57 percent), Heraklion, Crete (15.06 percent) and Hania, Crete (7.82 percent).

    Conversely, Athens' Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (AIA) posted a 3.02 percent decline in arrivals.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

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