Athens Awards Ceremony

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High Profile State Children�s Literature Awards Ceremony
report by Dominique Sandis

On the evening of the 21st of March the Ceremony for the 2004 State Children�s Literature Prizes was held at the Athens Music Megaron...

Orchestrated by internationally and domestically popular children�s literature author, Eugene Trivizas, the awards ceremony fervently bowed away from the classic stilted and genuinely lacklustre style to one focusing on the main audience of this literature: children. For the first time, classes from different schools throughout Greece were invited to attend the ceremony, and so the program was purposely suited to them. The announcement of each award winner was followed by an interpretation of its plot or theme in the form of dance, music, or theatre. To make matters even more interesting the interpreters themselves included dancers of the State Ballet Company, popular singers such as Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Dionysios Savvopoulos and Savvina Yiannatou, and celebrated actors from the theatre and television who all volunteered to help in this event. While children participated actively both in the awards ceremony and as part of the audience, the ceremony was also attended by distinguished members of the media, business and political world. In particular, the President of the Greek Republic, Mr. Carolos Papoulias himself, not only attended the ceremony, but he also presented the State Prize for Children�s Fiction to the authors. The prize given for children�s fiction was shared between Sophia Fildisi Poemata gia Pedia [Poems for Children] (Patakis Publishers) and Petros Hatzopoulos I Exafanisi tis Dorothy Snot [The Disappearance of Dorothy Snot] (Patakis Publishers). The prize awarded for children�s illustration was given to Vassilis Papatsarouchas for his illustrations of Argyro Kokoreli�s adaptation of Kokkinoskoufitsa [Little Red Riding Hood] (Ellinika Grammata). The prize awarded for Children�s Non-fiction was granted to Eleni Dikaiou�s To Megalo Taxidi tou Odyssea [Odysseus Long Journey] (Patakis Publishers) which had also been short listed under the category for children�s illustration.

In addition to these more obvious prizes awarded to exceptional works published in 2004, a special honorary prize was awarded to the exemplary work of non-Greek illustrators living and working in Greece. This new category is representative of the constantly developing international and multicultural character of Greek children�s literature publications as well as the promotion of the working environment in Greek children�s illustration as one filled with opportunities. Such a prize may also provide a gateway for domestic publications to travel abroad in translation and become windows to the international yet simultaneously unique flavour of Modern Greek children�s literature.

The high profile and even higher quality of the awards ceremony is evidence of the ground that Greek children�s literature has covered over the last few years and of its recognition and support by the State (Ministries of Culture and Education), the media and the general public.

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