Greece to press Karagiozi claims
A Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday that Athens will press its claims on a shadow-puppet theater tradition that the United Nations cultural watchdog UNESCO has deemed to be part of Turkey's cultural heritage.
"Karagiozis is an inextricable part of our culture," Grigoris Delavekouras told reporters. The spokesman invoked the UNESCO convention on "intangible cultural heritage," noting that it "enables neighboring countries to access the same commodity."
Karagiozis - Greek for the Turkish "Karagoz," meaning "black-eyed" - is the central character in a popular shadow-puppet theater series that originated in Turkey and was very popular in Greece up until the 1990s.
In the Greek show, which features a cast of social stereotypes and is set loosely during the Turkish occupation of Greece, Karagiozis is a hunchbacked con man who makes a living bamboozling Turkish officials. Karagioizis is also a common byword for "clown" in the Greek vernacular.
The Greek Theater of Shadows, one of the few forums for enthusiasts that continues to stage Karagiozis shows, yesterday issued a press release criticizing the government for its delayed reaction to the "Turkification" of Karagiozis, noting that UNESCO had placed Karagoz on its list of intangible cultural elements, associating it with Turkey, last September.
"We wrote to the Culture Ministry last year, describing the matter as one of national importance and seeking its support... but, instead of sensitivity and interest, we faced total indifference," the press release said.
The theatre group called on the government to subsidize Karagiozis performances and promote the Greek shows, and their history, to foreign visitors.
- Register Now
- Golden Dawn's Australian aspirations uncovered
- More Greeks calling Australia home
- Paedophilia charge for Greek Australian
- Greek Adelaide church in hot water again
- Fans make the Wanderers a good investment
- Do it like the Greeks says German consul
- Sixth place for Alcohol is Free
- Tailor made coffee
- AFP show support for Cyprus
- Turkey condemns NSW's genocide recognition
- 8 May 2013 | 12 Votes
- 3 May 2013 | 9 Votes
- 15 May 2013 | 9 Votes
- 8 May 2013 | 8 Votes
- 13 May 2013 | 7 Votes
- 24 Apr 2013 | 6 Votes
More from this Section
- Greek journalist arrested in Iran
- Security fear at Muslim Assoc
- Volunteerism on the rise in Greece
- Greek shipowners choose Chinese shipyards
- Anti-racism legislation divides coalition
- Paedophilia charge for Greek Australian
- 13 injured in taverna blast in Salamina
- ND and SYRIZA in Golden Dawn row
- Anti-racism bill causes rift in government
- Director Oliver Stone wishes Tsipras 'good luck'
Many Australian soccer teams underestimate the power of their fans.
The annual tour to Adelaide will pass through Mount Lofty, Victor Harbor, Glenelg and the Barossa Valley
The football legend has won every league title in every country he's played for
Karithopita was the first cake I made from Mum's new cookbook by Sofia Skoura. It was my mum's new Tselemende and we were all so excited, says chef Kathy Tsaples
The Greek sponsored club tried for a second time to buy the club, putting $3.5 million on the table
From its humble beginnings, telecommunications company Star21 is growing nationally and services big names like Crown Casino and Metricon Homes
Wendy Jobson stole more than $7.8 million from the Koroneos Group in 1478 separate transactions over a five year period
Matt Simon, Nick Carle and Mitch Nichols back in the A-League
Australian Federal Police to continue their support in Cyprus
Dr Peter Kambouris says a new generation of robots can transform Australia's manufacturing sector and create safer, more efficient
At the annual St. Constantine and St. Helen's day, Kastellorizian Association will present its 2013 VCE Recognition Award
Victorian Energy Minister Nicholas Kotsiras says more information protects consumers and could help them save money
Coach Graham Arnold still has high hopes for a win next week
Moyne mayor Jim Doukas says the State government has unfairly dumped permit approval on Councils
Wellington Phoenix striker Jeremy Brockie will play for Major League Soccer club Toronto FC
Vevi and Corinth targeted in attempt to locate troops buried anonymously
On top of the $26 million allocated for the 2013-14 budget, the Vic government will include an extra $1.86 million over two years for multiculturalism
A 12-year-old Russian boy who was allegedly stabbed and left for dead by a hotel employee while on vacation in Crete was recovering at a children’s hospital in Athens