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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 17-05-11

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  • [01] Tsipras to visit China on May 12-15 for 'Belt and Road Forum'
  • [02] Acropolis Museum to celebrate International Museum Day and European Museum Night

  • [01] Tsipras to visit China on May 12-15 for 'Belt and Road Forum'

    Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will visit China on May 12-15 to attend the two-day "Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation" (BRF) in Beijing, organized by the Chinese government.

    According to his official schedule, Tsipras will meet with world leaders and heads of international organizations on the sidelines of the forum, among which, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang.

    On May 12-13, the prime minister will meet with representatives of investment, banking and business groups. The schedule is presented in local time (Beijing +5 hours from Greece):

    Friday, May 12 2017

    11:00 – Arrival in Beijing

    18:30 – Participation and address at the opening of the Center for Greek Studies

    Saturday, May 13 2017

    10:35 – Meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping

    12:30 - Participation and speech at the 2nd Greek-Chinese Cities Forum

    17:50 - Meeting with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang

    Sunday, May 14 2017

    09:00-10:10 – Start of Belt and Road Forum with a speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping

    10:30-12:30 – High-level dialog / Belt and Road Forum plenum

    18:00 – Arrival at the Great Hall of the People, welcoming by Xi and a group photo

    18:30-19:30 – Official dinner for heads of state and government

    20:00-21:00 – Cultural event at Beijing's National Opera

    Monday, May 15 2017

    10:00-12:00 - 1st Roundtable of Heads of State and Governments: "Policy synergy for closer cooperation"

    12:35-12:50 – Working lunch: "Cultural exchanges and building human bonds"

    14:00-16:00 – 2nd Roundtable of Heads of State and Governments: "Connectivity for interconnected development"

    Return flight from Beijing to Athens

    [02] Acropolis Museum to celebrate International Museum Day and European Museum Night

    The Acropolis Museum will celebrate International Museum Day on May 18 and European Museum Night on May 20 with free entrance and a series of events for visitors.

    Entrance to the museum will be free throughout the day on Thursday, May 18, from 8:00-20:00. On that day a number of artifacts will be put on display for the first time in the Archaic Gallery, including the exceptional head 696 and other shards of a statue depicting a young woman with a "polos" or headdress. The items are currently in the museum's store rooms.

    The visitors will be able to view them arranged in a special display case, which provides them with a complete picture of the statue before its destruction by the Persians.

    The museum will also issue a commemorative medal produced by the National Mint depicting a boar, which was hunted but also admired and feared by ancient Greeks, since it was able to critically wound its pursuers. The medal will be on sale in the museum shops from May 18.

    On May 19-20 the museum will host a conference organised in collaboration with the Athens Kapodistrian University's History and Archaeology Department, entitled "From Hippias to Kallias: Greek Art in Transition from 527 BC to 449 BC," in the museum amphitheatre.

    On European Museum Night on May 20 the Acropolis Museum will be open from 8:00 until midnight and there will be free entrance after 20:00.

    A piano recital will be held in the Parthenon Gallery on that day from 20:30 until 23:00, with pianist Theodoros Economou performing improvisational compositions based on well-known Greek classical and traditional motifs, inspired by the theme "The Acropolis Museum at Sunset".

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