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Bill Papastergiadis meets with Greek Culture Minister Lina Mendoni

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The President of the Greek Community of Melbourne, Bill Papastergiadis, met with Greek Culture Minister, Lina Mendoni, as she prepared to travel to Australia for the Open Horizons Exhibition.

As Chair of the Exhibition’s Community Advisory Group, Bill Papastergiadis, said: “The Open Horizons exhibition brings never travelled artefacts from the Archaeological Museum to the Melbourne Museum.”

“The exhibition will provide all Australians with a unique experience and we are grateful to the State Government and Steve Dimopoulos and Kate Theophanous for making it happen,” Mr Papastergiadis continued.

“The collaboration with Greece on this matter demonstrates that our state facilitates a truly cosmopolitan and multicultural discourse.”

Minister Mendoni was excited by this trip but noted that in fact she had made previous trips to both Melbourne and Sydney.

The meeting also gave the opportunity for Mr Papastergiadis to discuss further opportunities that could be explored by community groups in Australia and the Ministry of Culture.

Minister Mendoni is set to arrive in Melbourne for the Open Horizons exhibition.

Mr Papastergiadis said to Minister Mendoni that “it has been almost 3 years since we had visited Greece and now is the time to expand the links and projects that can tour between the two countries.”

Minister Mendoni was keen to ensure the dialogue and exchange moved to new levels post COVID.

Mr Papastergiadis also spoke with Dr Karapanagiotidou, Director of the Archaeological Museum of Athens, in regards to her lecture which she would present as part of this exhibition and tour. Dr Karapanagiotidou’s lecture is to take place on 26 April at the Greek Centre.

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