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International Greek Language Day and meeting with author Dimitris Nolas

By Mariam Chanishvili
Wednesday, February 19
Organized by the Writers 'House, Greek Embassy and Tbilisi State University (TSU) Institute of Classical Philology, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, the Greek Language Day evening was held at the Writers' House, where Greek author Dimitris Nolas gave a lecture.

The Greek language is celebrated annually every February 9, the day which also honors the memory of Greece’s national poet Dionysios Solomos.

This occasion aims to highlight the Greek language’s fundamental role. While Greek remains a language that is native to a mere 13 million people worldwide, it has influenced and contributed to the entire world.

Dimitris Nolas will be working with the translator Ani Chikovani on a Georgian translation of one of his books.

Dimitris Nolas was born in 1940 in the town of Adriani and spent his life working in Athens. His collection of stories as well as a novel have been awarded the highest national awards for literature.

Greece and Georgia established Embassy-level diplomatic relations in 1992. The Greek Embassy in Tbilisi has been working since July 1995. Georgia has an Embassy and a General Consulate in Athens and a General Consulate in Thessaloniki.

Georgia has always expressed its great interest in the Greek language, literature, and culture.

Writers’ House of Georgia was built in 1903-1905 by David Sarajishvili. It aims to popularize Georgian literature, development of creative translation, support of different literary processes, establishing literary competitions and awards, active interaction with governmental and non-governmental structures abroad, the publication of a literary journal.