Christos Papadopoulos, Cultural centre director and the painter Papoulia
The Greek Cultural Centre in Cairo, under the auspices of the Greek embassy in Egypt and the Greek Community in Egypt, celebrated on 11 May, its 20th anniversary with a painting exhibition by painter Christina Papoulia, and with the honorary participation of thinker and artist Wageeh Wahba.
The exhibition, which will run until 18 May, is an autobiographical pictorial development of 20 years, a final selection of hundreds of painted papers, along with a search in a different pictorial representation system, according to art historian Eleni Cypreos.
The event was attended by the Ambassador of Greece to Egypt Nikolaos Papageorgiou Christos Papadopoulos, Director of the Greek Cultural Centre, entrepreneur and benefactor, Catherine Sofianou, who sponsored the renovation of the centre. Members who also attended include diplomats from the Greek embassy, together with the Greek Consulate-General in Cairo, as well as Christian Berger, the ambassador and head of the delegation of the EU to Egypt, as well as high officials.
“We are celebrating the Greek Cultural Centre in Cairo in a ceremony combining music and painting. We are in renovated premises, thanks to the generous donation of Cairo-born, Catherine Sofianou. The cultural centre has always been a hub for Greek culture and art, giving an opportunity for Greek artists to express themselves and at the same time collaborate with Egyptian artists in many projects. That was the case in the past and that will continue as well in the future,” the Greek ambassador Nikolaos Papageorgiou told Ahram Online.
Regarding the Egyptian-Greek cooperation in the cultural field, Papageorgiou said that there is considerable cooperation in this respect; the Greek Cultural Centre will do its best to provide all the opportunities to enhance this cooperation.
Christos Papadopoulos, the director of the Greek Cultural Centre, highlighted the importance of the centre and its activities in promoting Greek culture and language while boosting cultural relations between Egypt and Greece.
The General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad and Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ioannis Chrysoulakis, also participated via an online speech.
The evening was enlivened by the performances of Mohamed Hassouna, Björk Óskarsdóttir and Dora Mastaka performing selections from Greek music.