Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Talk about Seferis (Diplomat and Poet) – Peloponnesian Association of Great Britain Vasilopita 2016

The Peloponnesian Association of Great Britain together with the Ladies Auxiliary Committee St Agatha organised a great event at the Greek Orthodox Church of St Panteleimon (Harrow – London), which was part of the Celebrations of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain for the Three Hierarchs and the Greek and Christian Letters.



The evening began with the cutting of the Vasilopita (New Year Cake or St Basil’s Cake),[1] by both Fr Anastasios Salapatas and Fr Joseph Paliouras. The main part of the event was a talk given by the Consular General of Greece in London, Mr Sotirios Demestichas, who spoke on the topic: ‘Georgios Seferis: Diplomat and Poet.’ The speaker was introduced by the President of the Committee of the Peloponnesian Association of GB, Dr Lena Markou.  



Many people attended this great event, including the Education Coordinator of the Greek Embassy in London Dr George Kossivas, the President of the Association of Greek Orthodox Communities in Great Britain Mr Marios Minaidis, members of other organisations, clergy, teachers, artists and many more.



The Consular General presented Seferis in a great manner, showing his significance for Greece, not only on a diplomatic level but also as a poet, winning the Nobel Prize. An interesting fact for us here in London is that Seferis was Consul General and later Ambassador of Greece in London. The talk was also accompanied by a beautiful Hadjidakis musical background, and a power point presentation.
Interestingly enough, the artistic aspect of the event was also enriched by two great paintings of George Seferis, painted by Mr Alexis Kapraras, a Greek Cypriot artist based in London.




The President of the Community of St Panteleimon Dr Serafim Kyriakides thanked the speaker by also giving him a painting for his office at the Consulate of Greece here in London, one of Mr Kapraras’ works. The night finished with refreshments prepared by the Ladies Auxiliary Committee, with Alexandra Constantinou as President.

For details about this event in Greek please see:

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