The Patras Branch of the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy was presented with great success, crowd of people and a rich schedule of presentations on Wednesday evening, April 25th. The event took place in the “Kostis Stephanopoulos” Hall of the Patras Advocacy Association. The Patras event was attended by the President of the Hellenic Institute Mr. Petros Kapsaskis, the Vice President Mr. Dimitris Vaxevanakis and the Financial Advisor of the Institute Mr. Nikos Bayis, who presented the philosophy and the goals of the organization. The event was also attended by representatives of other local departments who traveled to Patras from other cities.

The Director of the Patras Branch, Ms. Ada Devve, made the initial evening presentation and, after brief greetings of several attendees, the three main speeches followed: Mrs. Dora Katsonopoulou (Professor of Archeology at Cornell University and Director of Research and Excavation in Ancient Eliki) on “Cultural heritage and diplomacy: a two-way relationship”,  Mr. George Nektarios Loi (Doctor of Theology, History and Slavic Expert, Professor of the Hellenic Open University) on “Cultural Diplomacy: Religious Self-Consciousness and International Relations “and  Ms. Georgia Petropoulos-Conan (Director of the French Institute of Greece in Patras) on  “Gastronomy as a form of cultural identity “.

At the second session of the event, the nine members of the Patras Institute’s Branch had the opportunity to present the different areas of action, focusing on the different components that compose the concept of culture and also the fields of cultural diplomacy. Members of the Patras Branch of the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy are: Dimitris Komboholis, Vivi Loukopoulou, Aggeliki Moschopoulou, Spyridon Panagopoulos, Giannis Papadimitropoulos, Christina Papanikola, Panagiotis Tsalidis, Panagiotis Frantzis and Petros Psomas.

The event – which was attended by a huge crowd, with undiminished interest until late at night – was completed with a musical program where the following people participated: Stamatis Lekkas on piano, Giorgos Bourdopoulos in clarinet and the soprano Maria Thomas. At the closing of the event local products were offered to the public and everyone was given the opportunity to meet and discuss with the President of the Institute and the members of the Patras Branch.