Preserving Ancient Civilisations with Greece
This year, 2017, is the Greece-china Year of Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation in Creative Industries, there was an International Forum, the “Taihe Forum on Protecting the World's Ancient Civilisations,” on September 19, held in Beijing's Forbidden City. Taking part in the forum were Dr. Maria Andreadaki-vlazaki, secretary general of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Greece, Professor Emeritus Dimitrios Pandermalis, president of the Acropolis Museum, and Dr. Maria Lagogianni, director of the National Archaeological Museum.
The purpose of the forum, which was sponsored by the Forbidden City, was to look for solutions to common problems in the attempt to preserve world heritage sites and for ways to sustain human civilisations' inheritance. At the forum, Dr. Vlazaki and Professor Pandermalis took part in a session under the theme “Contemporary Value of Ancient Civilisations,” while Dr. Lagogianni was involved in the “Archaeological Observation of Ancient Civilisations and Archaeology of the Silk Road” session.
Dr. Vlazaki was the only key speaker at the Forum and Professor Pandermalis and Dr. Lagogianni joined in the forum panels. Professor Pandermalis also signed a memorandum of cooperation for the Acropolis Museum and the Palace Museum and Dr. Vlazaki met with the directors of the Capital Museum and Nanjing Museum, regarding an exhibition, The Greeks, to be held in China in 2018.
Also at the forum, the Greek Composer, Associated Researcher at the Academy of Athens and Artistic Consultant at the Greek National Opera, Dr. Nikos Xanthoulis, and the Greek soprano Eirini Tsirakidou, were invited to Beijing. Over last six years, Dr. Xanthoulis, an expert on the ancient Greek lyre, has revived the techniques of the classical lyre via his research on the depictions on pottery and ancient Greek literature. On September 20, Dr. Xanthoulis introduced the classical Greek lyre and gave a performance on a reconstructed lyre to music college students.