• One of the biggest and most luxurious cruise ships of the world "SPECTRUM OF THE SEAS" called at the port of Piraeus and welcomed by the PPA Deputy CEO Capt. Weng Lin and other executives of PPA S.A., in the presence of representatives from cruise associations. The newly built cruise ship (April 2019) is 348 meters long, weighs 168,000 tons, has a capacity of 4,246 passengers, is equipped with the most modern and innovative facilities in technology and entertainment and its construction costed about $ 1 billion. During the ceremony, the Deputy CEO of PPA S.A. handed an honorary plaque and gifts (books) to the Cpt. Charles Sigmund Teige, highlighting: "Piraeus has the biggest cruise terminal in the Eastern Mediterranean and is a modern and safe port which can accommodate the biggest ships, providing quality services according to ISO international standards”. It should be noted that as it appears from the bookings for 2019 as well as from the data of the first three months, there are positive prospects for the Piraeus port and especially the increase in homeporting, which is a strategic objective of the PPA Management. • One more new ship, the cruise ship "BOUGAINVILLE", which was built in April 2019, welcomed representatives of the PPA Management and handed to the Cpt. Remi Genevaz an honorary plaque and books for the ship's library. The cruise ship "BOUGAINVILLE" which is making its maiden itinerary and travels to the Greek islands, belongs to the PONANT Company which operates three ships in luxury cruises in the Mediterranean and will make more than 23 calls at Piraeus in the summer of 2019.
The Deputy CEO Capt. Weng Lin and executives of PPA S.A. welcomed one more newly built cruise ship of VIKING OCEAN CRUISES, the sixth one, and handed an honorary plaque to the Cruise Director Mark Andrew Brignone and books for the ship's library. The cruise ship VIKING JUPITER is 230 meters long with capacity 950 passengers, 490 crew members and belongs to the VIKING Company which is operating in the Piraeus port with homeporting passengers. It should be noted that there are positive messages from the cruise companies’ bookings for 2019 for the port of Piraeus, especially the increase of homeporting which is a strategic target of PPA management.
The Benaki Museum in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan present a collection of traditional Japanese toys and dolls related to customary festivities as an integral part of the Japanese culture for centuries. The exhibition intends to emphasize on girl’s day Hina Matsuri Festival and children's day Kodomo no hi. Every year on March 3rd, girls’ families set up platforms in their houses covered with a red carpet, to display a set of dolls hina-ningyō as symbols of good fortune for the future life of girls. These dolls represent the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period. The 5th day of May is dedicated to the celebration of children’s happiness and the respect of their personalities. Boys’ families display in their houses the traditional Japanese military helmet, kabuto and the carp-shaped koinobori flags as symbols of strength, vitality and courage which according to the Japanese tradition, their cause, is to protect children from misfortune and disease. This exhibition is organized on the occasion of the celebration of 120 years of diplomatic relations between Greece and Japan in 2019 within various cultural events.Benaki Complex, Toy Museum
Yannis Moralis is known as being one of the greatest Greek artists of the twentieth century. Moralis, however, was more than just a painter, as his teaching influenced and shaped Greek art throughout his own life and over subsequent generations. The goal of the exhibition is to highlight how Moralis’ liberal teaching style shaped his students, leaving in his wake not simply followers but independent artists, students both male and female, who chose radically different paths. This exhibition presents paintings by certain of Moralis's students: Marilena Aravantinou, Nikos Kessanlis, Stavros Baltoyannis, Dimitris Condos, Demosthenis Kokkinides, Dimitris Mytaras, Nestor (Papanikolopoulos), Pepi Svoronou, Alecos Fassianos, Rena Papaspyrou, Vangelis Dimitreas, Vasso Kyriaki, Makis Theophylaktopoulos, Chronis Botsoglou, Nikos Paralis, Giorgos Ziakas, Kyriakos Katzourakis, Triantafyllos Patraskides, Zacharias Arvanitis, Yannis Kottis, Thanassis Makris, Olivia Michali, Kostas Papanikolaou and Marilitsa Vlahaki. The works displayed date from the period of their studies and are juxtaposed with their mature creations, in an effort to highlight, on the one hand, how they evolved away from the shadow cast by their teacher; and, on the other hand, the very varied directions which these artists took. The artists shown were not chosen either as a form of evaluation nor are they representative of the number of exceptional painters, who worked in Moralis's studio. Without in any sense affecting the significance of those included in the exhibition and, even further, of those who were not included, they were selected in order to represent the very expansive range of time Moralis taught at the School: from the end of the nineteen forties to the start of the nineteen eighties.Benaki Complex Museum of Greek Culture