Κυριακή, 15 Μαρτίου 2020

This is Sparta! Gerard Butler Honored in Ancient Greek City

This is Sparta! Gerard Butler Honored in Ancient Greek City



Gerard Butler poses with Roy Danalis Apostolopoulos, Honourable Ambassador of the City Of Sparta. Photo credit: roydanalisapostolopoulos, Instagram
Gerard Butler, the actor who famously portrayed King Leonidas in the Hollywood blockbuster “300,” embraced his real-life ties to the ancient Greek city of Sparta on Thursday night, when he was honored by the municipality at a special gala dinner.
The Scottish actor was seen getting animated on the dance floor as he celebrated with a number of well-heeled guests, just a day before running as a torchbearer for Sparta during Friday’s Olympic Torch relay through the region.
Butler was joined at the gala dinner by fellow actor Billy Zane, 54, who will also serve as a torchbearer. Zane is of Greek heritage; his family name of Zanetakos was anglicized to Zane by his parents.
The Scottish thespian was invited to take part in the relay as part of the celebrations for the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC, on which his film was based.
The Hollywood star will forever be associated with the fierce battle cry “This is Sparta!” – a line which has become one of the more iconic in all of film history.
Speaking to Greek Reporter recently, Butler described “300” as the “most intense and enjoyable movie I ever made,” adding “It made me feel Greek!”

Κυριακή, 5 Ιανουαρίου 2020

Thessaloniki to Celebrate New Chinese “Year of the Rat” at Royal Theater

Still photo from the performance of the spectacular Chinese show. Credit: AMNA
The northern Greek city of Thessaloniki will celebrate the new Chinese “Year of the Rat” on January 6th with a performance by one of China’s major dance companies – the Chongqing Liangjiang Art Troupe – at the city’s Royal Theater.
The evening will feature amazingly-talented Chinese acrobats and jugglers as well as a ballet and works from the Beijing Opera which will transport the audience to the splendor of the Orient by immersing them into a new world of color, motion and music.
This show, called “Happy Chinese New Year,” will mark the fourth time that the noted dance company has visited Greece’s second-largest city.
The show representing Beijing constitutes an example of the depth of the cultural interaction between Greece and China in the context of Greek-Chinese cultural exchange in recent years.
As part of their New Year traditions, Chinese people wear new clothes on that day to symbolize a new start and fresh hopes for the coming year. Their lucky color is red, which represents optimism and a festive attitude, according to ancient tradition.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Stefanos Tsitsipas Among Top 20 European Athletes for 2019



Greek athletes Giannis Antetokounmpo and Stefanos Tsitsipas were included on the list of the top 20 European athletes for 2019, as compiled by sportswriters from the European press agencies.
The winner of the award for the best European sportsman/sportswoman for 2019 is Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton from Great Britain. Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal took second place, and Austrian alpine ski racer Marcel Hirscher came in third.
The Greek Freak took ninth place, with 46 votes, while young tennis sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas came in twentieth, with 17 nods.
A total of twenty-six press agencies took part in the poll, including AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE (France), AGERPRES (Romania), ANADOLU AJANSI (Turkey), ANP (Netherlands), ANSA (Italy), APA (Austria), ATHENS NEWS AGENCY (Greece), BELGA (Belgium), BTA (Bulgaria), CTK (Czech Republic), DPA (Germany), EFE (Spain), ELTA (Lithuania), HINA (Croatia), LUSA (Portugal), MNA (Malta), MOLDPRES (Moldova), MTI (Hungary), SID (Germany), STA (Slovenia), STT (Finland), TANJUG (Serbia), TASR (Slovakia), TASS (Russia), UKRINFORM (Ukraine) and PAP (Poland).
The list of the top 20 European athletes for 2019 is as follows:
1. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) – Formula 1, 151 points.
2. Rafael Nadal (Spain) – tennis, 140
3. Marcel Hirscher (Austria) – alpine skiing, 76
4. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) – tennis, 71
5. Sifan Hassan (Holland) – track and field, 69
6. Virgil van Dijk (Holland) – football, 61
7. Karsten Warholm (Norway) – track and field, 47
– Marc Marquez (Spain) – motoGP, 47
9. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece) – basketball, 46
10. Johannes Tingnes Boe (Norway) – biathlon, 44
11. Therese Johaug (Norway) – Nordic skiing, 43
12. Dina Asher-Smith (Great Britain) – track and field, 32
13. Katinka Hosszu (Hungary) – swimming, 31
14. Mariya Lasickiene (Russia) – track and field, 27
15. (Tie) Adam Peaty (Great Britain) – swimming, 22
– Luka Doncic (Slovenia) – basketball, 22
– Johannes Klaebo (Norway) – Nordic skiing, 22
18. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – football, 19
19. Niklas Kaul (Germany) – track and field, 18
20. Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) – tennis, 17

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