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‘A tribute to expat Greeks’: Kythera Migration Museum one step closer to becoming reality

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By Elias Karagiannis

The architectural and museological study for the Kythera Migration Museum was given the green light by the “Board of Directors of the Friends of Kythera museums”, as decided on Sunday, December 5 at the General Meeting.

The ambitious project, which will become reality with the assistance of the Municipality of Kythera, is an emblematic action, which will strengthen the ties of expatriate Greeks with the mother country, Greece.

The members of the “Friends of Museums of Kythera” gave their approval to the Board of Directors to proceed with the architectural and museological study and to celebrate the occasion they created a concise video, which encapsulates their vision.

The creator of the video, is Greek-Australian director James Prineas, who has previously also directed the short film, “Kythera Mon Amour”.

The Mayor of Kythera, Efstratios Charchalakis, played an important role in the launch of the project, who is the driving force of a series of events that will honour the inextricable relationship of Greeks abroad with the island.

“The modern Migration Museum of Kythera is a vision of mine. It will be built in Agia Pelagia, where tens of thousands of our compatriots left the island to go overseas,” said the Mayor of Kythera, Efstratios Charchalakis.

“We are now dynamically entering the study phase. It will be a unique museum in Europe! It will be a tribute to expats and a benchmark for our island nationwide.

“It will have a conference space, offices, a shop, a screening room and will create new jobs.”

File photo: Kythera Mayor with Australian Ambassador to Greece, Arthur Spyrou

Last June, a Memorandum of Cooperation of the Municipality with the Association “Friends of Museums of Kythera” was signed, which will undertake the finding of financing and the coordination for finalising this project at the level of preparation of studies and auction papers, so that once they are completed in their entirety, the municipality will be able to integrate the project into a funding program.

The Greek Herald will closely follow the developments in the issue and will inform the community about the grandiose project, in 2022, when the “Kytherian Association of Australia” will celebrate 100 years since it’s establishment.

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