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2020 declared “Year of the Cultural Route of Epirus” by Diazoma

The Diazoma Association, chaired by Stavros Benos, declared 2020 ”The year of the Cultural Route of Epirus”, recalling its contribution to this  Ancient Theatres of Epirus project , articulated around the five ancient theaters of Epirus as well as the potential of the project.

During 2020, the business cluster – a network of local businesses aiming to support the route – as well as the route operating and management body, Epirus SA, will be inaugurated following the recent decision of the Regional Council of Epirus.

In the first half of 2020, Diazoma and the Ephorates of Epirus antiquities will organize a series of lectures at the Athens Concert Hall on the progress of restoration of the ancient theaters of the cultural route.

On January 28, there will be a presentation entitled “Pushing back the veil of time: the ancient theater of Dodoni” by Konstantinos Soueref, responsible for the Ephorate of Antiquities of Ioannina, Paraskevi Younis, head of the supervision team at the restoration site and Petros Katsoudas, civil engineer of the Ephorate.

The event of Thursday March 12 will be devoted to the Roman theater of Nikopolis and the ancient theater of Kassopi. The speakers will be Anthi Angelis, responsible for the Ephorate of Antiquities of Preveza, who will present the work done so far to enhance the great theater of Nikopolis as well as the theater of Kassopi, Evangelos Pavlidis and Dimitra Drosou, archaeologists responsible for the two sites as well as Achilleas Tranoulidis, architect.

The third conference will take place on Tuesday May 26 and will focus on Arta and Thesprotie area. The head of Arta’s Ephorate of Antiquities, Barbara Papadopoulou, will present the enhancement work and the latest conclusions relating to the small Amvrakia theater, while the archaeologist Theodora Kontogiannis will talk about the different facets of the project. During the second part of the event, Ioannis Chouliaras, head of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Thesprotia and Georgia Pliakos, archaeologist and responsible for the restoration of the Gitana theater, will present the ancient theater of Gitana.

Last, the 7th meeting of Diazoma with its corporate members will be held from April 24 to 26 in Arta, Epirus.