Piraeus Port Authority SA Management executives welcome the newly built cruise ship "SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER" on Wednesday 12.10.2016 and handed an honorary plaque to the Italian master Vasta Rosario Giovanni and books for the ship’s library as well. The ship which is 224 meters long with a total of 750 passengers and 650 crew members was built in July 2016 and this summer makes cruises in the Aegean. It is noted that in October the cruise calls in Piraeus, a hospitable and safe port in eastern Mediterranean, are continued with the same growth rate as from the beginning of the year (15-20%).
In the presence of Mrs. Elena Kountoura, Alternate Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism and Captain Xu Lirong, Chairman of China COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited, inaugurated the new cruise Pier Saint Nikolaos in the port of Piraeus. Also present were: Mr. I. Moralis, Mayor of Piraeus, Mr. Pitsiorlas S., Chairman of Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund, Mr. G. Gavrilis, Regional vice Governor of Piraeus, Members of Parliament, General Secretaries and other official guests. The project was completed successfully by TEKAL S.A. in cooperation with Naftiliaki Technodomiki according to the time schedule. The project was built with caissons and provides an extra cruise berth over 250 meters, since it has length 284m. and a depth of -11 while the land area is 8,415 sqm. Total berth positions for cruise ships mooring are becoming 10 (depending on the size of vessels). Under the new concession agreement with the Greek State, the PPA S.A. will implement a number of large investment projects which will make Piraeus the top Mediterranean cruise port.
“I can't make love to you unless I imagine a palm tree” Lawrence Durrell, Balthazar (The Alexandria Quartet), 1957 Since arriving in Athens in September 2015, Navine G. Khan-Dossos has heard a curious story, told and retold in different ways. It is about the removal of the palm trees from the urban landscape of Athens as a way of visually “re-orientating” the city towards Europe rather than the ‘Orient’. Imagine a Palm Tree is a performance of painting open for visitors of the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art to watch and interact with. This performance will lead to the creation of a floor-to-ceiling mural on the top floor of the museum, that is scheduled to open in April 2016, and to a series of relevant events throughout the spring and summer. Navine G. Khan-Dossos (b. 1982) is a visual artist, based in Athens. One of the preoccupations of her practice is the complex relationship between Islam and the West. Khan-Dossos approach to her research is rooted in a traditionally ‘western' history of art education, whilst her painting is based on a rigorous training in the philosophy and crafts of Islamic art. Her interests include Orientalism in the digital realm, geometry as information and decoration, image calibration, and aniconism in contemporary culture. Navine Khan-Dossos studied History of Art at Cambridge University, Arabic at Kuwait University, Islamic Art at the Prince’s School of Traditional Art in London, and holds an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art & Design, London. During 2014 – 2015, she has been a participant at the Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht.Benaki Museum, Kerameikos Building Complex