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Athens, 9 June 2021

Inauguration of Contemporary Art Exhibition PORTALS at former Public Tobacco Factory

In the presence of the President of the Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou and the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the international Exhibition of Contemporary Art PORTALS was inaugurated this evening at the former Public Tobacco Factory on Lenorman Avenue, a Hellenic Parliament building. 

Present at the inauguration were also former Presidents of the Hellenic Parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis and Zoe Konstantopoulou, Deputy Prime Minister Panagiotis Pikrammenos, the leadership of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Minister Lina Mendoni and Deputy Minister Nicholas Yatromanolakis, Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis, representatives of the political parties, Vice-Presidents of the Hellenic Parliament, the bureau of the Educational Affairs Committee of the Hellenic Parliament and Bank of Greece Governor Yannis Stournaras

During his welcome address, the President of the Hellenic Parliament Constantine Tassoulas mentioned that the Hellenic Parliament accepted many months ago a proposal by NEON organisation to renovate the historic building of the former Public Tobacco Factory so that it may be used as a space for art and culture. 

“Today we make a fascinating public space even more open to social interaction” stressed Mr. Tassoulas. “Today we prove that cooperation between the public and private sector, when done in good faith and creatively, can work miracles. Today we offer the Greek people, through art, a path towards the new beginning they yearn for. The Hellenic Parliament proves that it does more than just represent the people;  it acts as a pioneer in the performance of its duty to the people by showing them the way, telling them that through the intellect, through art and through pursuit, through reflection, the new beginning calling us can be fruitful and creative”.


Video of the event available here (in Greek).


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