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Greece and Poland Celebrate 100 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Photo Source: zgorzelec.eu

More than 6,000 people of all ages recently attended and celebrated the 100th anniversary since the establishment of Greece’s diplomatic relations with Poland, during the 22nd international festival of Greek songs, held recently in Zgorzelec, Poland.

Greece was the event’s country of honor.

Photo Source: zgorzelec.eu“The flame of Greek civilization fascinated the hearts of the Polish people,” the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) – the event’s sponsor – said in an announcement.

Located in southwestern Poland, Zgorzelec received approximately 7,000 Greek soldiers during the World War II. Furthermore, thousands of Greeks migrated to the Polish city during the Greek Civil War between 1946-1949.

Zgorzelec’s Greek community hosts the international event every year to celebrate its Greek legacy.

Photo Source: zgorzelec.eu

This year’s event saw the participation of popular Polish singers and Greek artists including Kalliopi Vetta and Dimitris Basis, as well as the Erotokritos Dance Group which performed Cretan dances.

Photo Source: zgorzelec.euFurthermore, chef Theofilos Vafidis presented a unique gastronomy show dedicated to Greek cuisine.

Speaking during the event, the director of the GNTO office in Poland, Nikoleta Nikolopoulou, referred to the strong ties between the two countries and thanked the Mayor of Zgorzelec and the Greek community for their initiative and contribution to strengthening the two countries’ relations.

Photo Source: zgorzelec.eu

During the event, visitors also had the opportunity to receive information and watch advertising spots on Greece’s tourism destinations.

The two-day festival included a memorial for the migrants of the Greek Civil War and a football match.

Photos: zgorzelec.eu

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  1. Ruth Geall Reply

    I am very interested in this event and the Greek community that made Silesia their home in particular, Dzierżoniów and the communities around it, in the 1950s. I would like to talk with them and hear their stories. I will travel and can tell you more about the project. Will us interpreters and can pay for support.

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