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A letter from the IARPS to the British Prime Minister

The International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures have sent an open letter to British Prime Minister, Dave Cameron. In this letter, they urge Britain to accept UNESCO's invitation to enter into mediation with Greece to resolve the issue of the Parthenon Marbles.

The Rt Hon David Cameron MP
10 Downing Street

Dear Prime Minister
I am writing to draw your attention to the world wide support for the Parthenon Sculptures held in the British Museum to be returned to Greece.
There are now volunteers in 16 countries who have organised themselves into committees committed to supporting the Greek claim for the sculptures to be returned. The countries are Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. (see
As you would be aware, the Director General of UNESCO Irini Bokova has written this year to your Government requesting that Britain agree to participate in a process of mediation to settle the dispute over the Parthenon Sculptures. In 2010 UNESCO introduced new mediation procedures for claims dealing with illicitly acquired cultural property and Greece has now asked UNESCO to initiate the process.
Accordingly, we urge you to accept the UNESCO invitation for Britain to participate in the proposed mediation process.

I am sure you would agree that there are strong moral arguments for Britain to accept the UNESCO mediation initiative to allow the issue of the Parthenon Sculptures to be resolved in a spirit of cooperation, good will and friendship, with both sides being able to respect each other’s sensitivities and overcoming entanglements of the past.

Yours sincerely
David Hill
International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures
2 December 2013

The reunification of the Parthenon Marbles – a European concern

The Swiss Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures are organising a round table discussion taking place at the European Parliament in Brussels.

MEP Rodi Kratsa, Vice-President of the European Parliament 2007-2012, and Professor Dusan Sidjanski, Chairman of the Swiss Committee, have the pleasure to invite you to the Round Table


under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture of the Hellenic Republic

Tuesday, 15th OCTOBER 2013, 14.00 – 16.00

European Parliament

Room P4B001 (PHS)

(Please click on the name of the speakers for further information (CV and abstract)).

Chair | Krister Kumlin
Former Ambassador and Chairman of the Swedish Parthenon Committee

Introduction | Rodi Kratsa
MEP and former Vice-President of the European Parliament

Address | Panos Panagiotopoulos

Minister of Culture of the Hellenic Republic

Brief presentation of the Parthenon Marbles issue (video)


Tom Flynn
Art historian and writer

Miguel Ángel Martínez Martínez
Vice-President of the European Parliament and of the Board of Trustees of the House of European History

Louis Godart
Advisor for the Conservation of Artistic Heritage to the Italian President

Bernard Tschumi (video presentation)
Architect of the Acropolis Museum

Henry Porter
Journalist and author

Jo Leinen
MEP and Chairman of the European Movement International

Maurice Davies
Museum advisor and commentator

Conclusion | Prof. Dusan Sidjanski

Chairman of the Swiss Committee for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles

Languages: English, French and Greek

For more information, or to read this invite in other languages, visit their website here.

Greek government proposes mediation through UNESCO as a solution to Parthenon Marbles issue

The Greek Government has made an important step forward, by taking the decision to initiate the UNESCO mediation process to try and find an equitable solution to the Parthenon Marbles issue.


UNESCO Mediates Parthenon Marbles Fight
By Maria Korologou on October 3, 2013

On October 6 in Athens the International Conference of committees will be held, which is a very important moment for the effort to return the Parthenon Marbles.

After the meeting of the Greek Minister of Culture and Sports with the Director-General of UNESCO in July 2013 in Paris, during which Panos Panagiotopoulos asked from Irina Bokova to exercise her personal and institutional influence in order for the mediation process with the British side to be initiated, the leading international organization for culture addressed a letter to the British Foreign Secretary William Hague, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Maria Miller and the Director of the British Museum Robert Neil MacGregor.

With this letter the British officials are officially informed of Greece’s demand to go on with the mediation process in order to achieve a settlement of the dispute on the repatriation of the Parthenon Marbles.

If the British side agrees to carry out this process, it will be the first time that UNESCO will have taken action to solve a cultural dispute between two states.

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Chair of International Association meets with new Greek Culture Minister

The chair of the International Association, along with other representatives has met for the first time with the recently appointed new Greek Culture Minister.


Cooperation for Return of Parthenon Marbles
By Maria Korologou on September 24, 2013

The return of the Parthenon Marbles was at the center of the meeting that the Minister of Culture and Sports Panos Panagiotopoulos held on Sept. 24 with the Delegate to the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, David Hill.

Two months ago the minister visited Paris and attended a meeting with the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova, during which he reiterated the demand for the return of the Parthenon Marbles which are now exhibited at the British Museum.

After Panagiotopoulos’ proposal, Bokova agreed to exercise her personal and institutional influence and take an initiative so that the institution will be an intermediary to this purpose.

The issue of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece returned to the news after the Sept. 24 meeting of the Greek Culture Minister with Hill.

Panagiotopoulos discussed with Hill the necessity of a common strategy with the International Association, the Committees and other international bodies who focus on civilization.

The Delegate to the International Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures is in Athens for the International Meeting of the Commissioners’ Meeting of October 6. The Greek Minister of Culture and Sports will again meet with Hill on Oct. 6 as he will also be present at the meeting to underline the importance of the Parthenon Marbles returning to Greece.

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International Museums day at the New Acropolis Museum

The New Acropolis Museum is celebrating International Museums Day, with free admission & a series of special events.


Friday May 17, 2013
Celebrating International Museum Day around Greece

Museums around the country celebrate their past, present and future this weekend as a number of local cultural institutions take part in festivities marking this year’s International Museum Day.

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day back in 1977 in an effort to raise public awareness with regard to the key role played by cultural organizations in societies. The annual celebration usually takes place around May 18.

According to an ICOM estimate, 32,000 museums in 129 countries took part in last year’s festivities. This year participating institutions will be exploring the theme of “Museums (Memory + Creativity) = Social Change,” tracing the evolution of institutions as they combine their rich heritage with innovation.

In Athens, the Acropolis Museum ( celebrates International Museum Day on Saturday, May 18, with the museum’s doors opening at 8 a.m. until midnight and free admission for all. On the day, archaeologists will acquaint visitors with the fighting cock, the competitive ideal for athletes and fighters in ancient times and the motif behind the museum’s 2013 commemorative medal. During the tours conducted by the archaeologists, visitors will learn more about how as early as the beginning of the 5th century BC, “alektryonon agones” (cockfights) took place annually at the Theater of Dionysus. The 20-minute tours are limited to 25 visitors per session and will take place on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in participating are invited to visit the museum’s information desk. Talks are scheduled to take place in Greek at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. noon, 1 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. They will be in English at 10.30 a.m., 12.30 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. A French tour has been scheduled for 4 p.m. Festivities will conclude in the museum’s entance courtyard with the Orchestra of the Center of Arts and Culture of Dion performing Greek and foreign works starting at 9 p.m.

In the northern port of Thessaloniki, the city’s archaeological museum ( is hosting an opera evening on Friday, May 17, followed by a series of guided tours of its temporary exhibition “Trafficking of Antiquities: Stop It,” on May 18 and 19. Events marking International Museum Day are also taking place at the city’s State Museum of Contemporary Art ( and the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (

At the Benaki Museum (, International Museum Day will be celebrated from May 17 to May 19. On Friday, May 17, the museum pays tribute to the Crete University Press, as part of a series of events highlighting the efforts carried out by organizations promoting culture outside major urban centers. The event will feature talks by National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation president Dionysis Kapsalis and Benaki Museum director Angelos Delivorrias, among others.

Inspired by International Museum Day’s 2013 theme, the Benaki Museum celebrates 35 years of creativity at the institution’s shop and invites visitors on a behind-the-scenes journey tracing design from antiquity to the present on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19. The tribute includes a series of workshops complemented by an exhibition which runs to July 28.

Lectures, guided tours, live music and free admission (until 11.30 p.m.) are on the agenda at the Archaeological Museum of Delphi on Saturday, May 18. The institution was selected by the Hellenic Committee of the International Council of Museums as this year’s honored museum. Museum-goers are also invited to join a guided tour of the area’s celebrated archaeological site on Sunday, May 19, starting at 9.30 a.m.

At the Byzantine & Christian Museum ( archaeologists will conduct a series of guided tours of the cultural institution’s permanent collections on Saturday, May 18. The tours will explore various themes, including “Asia Minor: The Heart of Byzantium” and “Mosaics: From Excavation to the Museum,” among others. Guided tours take place from 6 to 7 p.m. and from 7.30 to 8.30 p.m. The museum is also organizing a series of educational activities on Sunday, May 19. Participation is free for children on Sunday. (Reservations can be made by calling 213.213.059 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.7 on Friday)

The National Archaeological Museum ( is organizing a string of educational activities related to a contemporary mosaic exhibition featuring works by Dafni Angelidou, while the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra will perform on the museum’s premises on May 18.

At the B&M Theocharakis Foundation ( doors will remain open to the public from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, May 18. The evening’s cultural program includes two treasure hunts for children, at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., Buenos Aires tango tunes in the foundation’s outdoor space at 8.30 p.m., as well as a screening of Luis Garcia Berlanga’s 1953 comedy “Bienvenido Mr Marshall” at 8 p.m.

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