The International Society of Friends of Nikos Kazantzakis is organising a series of events in Japan, Vietnam and Qatar on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the renowned Greek novelist's death.
Speaking to ANA-MPA from Geneva, the society’s coordinating committee president, George Stasinakis, said the three countries complete a long list of more than 100 countries where the society has been active since its establishment in 1988.
"Participation of scholars and the presence of the ambassadors of Greece and France at an event organized earlier in the month in Doha, Qatar, was enthusiastic and participants’ interest in Kazantzakis’ relations with the Arab and Muslim world was unprecedented," Stasinakis said.
In an event to be held in Tokyo on Nov. 16, Stasinakis will refer to Kazantzakis’ relations with Japan. The event is organised with the assistance of local authorities under the auspices of the Greek and French embassy in Japan.
In Hanoi on Nov. 22, Prof. Ngo Tu Lap will organize an event with lectures, readings and video screenings.
Between Nov. 18 through Dec. 3, Stasinakis will tour Australia and New Zealand to address events organized in cooperation with Greek diplomatic services, Greek and Cretan expatriate communities, including in Perth (Nov.18), Adelaide (Nov. 21), Canberra (Nov.23), Melbourne (Nov. 25 & 26), Sydney (Nov. 28), Auckland (Dec. 2), and Wellington (Dec. 3).
Roughly 200 events for the promotion of the work of Nikos Kazantzakis will be hosted in 72 countries within the framework of the culture ministry-proclaimed “2007: Year of Nikos Kazantzakis”.
Stasinakis pointed out that the International Society of Friends of Nikos Kazantzakis, established 19 years ago in Geneva, numbers more than 4,000 members in 103 countries with roughly 70 branches worldwide.
Source: Athens News Agency