The General Secretary of Youth (www.neagenia.gr)
has called upon the youth of Greece to participate in an art
competition, concerning Racism and Xenophobia, which began
in December 2002 and ended February 2003. Young adults ages
30 and under as well as students participated in the competition
with more than (400) artistic submissions incorporating the
theme of "RACISM AND XENOPHOBIA.
ACTION-REACTION". Submissions were of Á4 size
and of the (400) approximately (120) pieces were selected
to be exhibited firstly at the City Hall in Brussels, Belgium,
"Saint-Gilles" and secondly, at the Exhibition Hall
of the War Museum in Athens (June 17-19, 2003) co-ordinated
by iForce Communications SA (www.iforce.gr).
Thirteen finalists of the above (120) artists who had been
pre-selected were offered awards at a ceremony held at the
Amphitheatre of the Athens War Museum on Wednesday June 18,
2003. The three winners were given monetary awards of (1.500,
1.000 and 750 euros respectively) and a commemorative sculpture
award for their noted artistic expression by the Known artists
Aristedes Balanos and Margot McPherson (www.e-psychi.com)
The remaining ten runners-up were awarded with commemorative
plaques and diplomas.
First Prize was given to Miss Paraskevi Tzenidou
and Mr. George Haralabidis.
Second Prize went to Mr. Michael David Ochs.
Third Prize went to the 1o Technical School of
Volos (sector of informatics).
Runners-up included: Miss Liakou Evanthia, Miss
Manoli Stavroula, Mr. Tsoutsas Aristidis, Miss Petroglou Maria,
Mr Stamoulis Ioannis, Miss Tzavara Christina, Mr Tzavaras
Dimitris, Miss Politi Angela, Miss Fotinou Fotini and Miss
The Evaluation Committee which selected the winners consisted
of Dimitrios Mitaras (Artist & Painter), Stathis
Stavropoulos (Cartoonist) and Aphrodite Simiti (Radio
Production Manager). Present at the Awards Ceremony were the
General Secretary of Youth, Mr. George Sakellion and the President
of the International Organisation for Immigrants, Mr. Daniel
Esdras. Mr. Sakellion thanked all the young persons
who participated to the exhibition and also their families
for their moral support and once again noted that the Secretariat
will continue its efforts on abolishing racism and xenophobia
in Greece and promised to continue this exhibition in other
places of Greece in the near future. Mr. Esdras emphasised
the importance of the "YOUTH PROGRAMME" against
racism and xenophobia in Greece and their commitment to work
on helping refugees and social non-privileged groups of foreigners
to live and work in Greece.
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