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Zante arts festival opens

Zante arts festival opens.

Holiday visitors to Zante can get a taste of modern art as the island stages and International Art and Creation Festival. It is the second year running that Zante tourists get to see paintings from international artists as the island bids to get established on the cultural map of the Mediterranean.

An exhibition of paintings opened earlier this month at the Regional Unit of Zakynthos buildings and the island is to host a meeting later in May of artists, photographers and journalists from Russia, Holland, Spain, China and, of course, Greece itself.

An exhibition spokesman said: "Besides the artistic renderings of the natural beauty and historical monuments of Zakynthos, coupled with the use of technology and new means of communication, a view of the island around the world will also be offered."

The latter part of the Zakynthos Arts Festival is being run in cooperation with the Moscow Association of Artists of the International Art Fund during which, renowned Russian and Greek painters together will create works of art in the open air, creating their own impressions of the natural beauty and culture of the Island

During their stay on Zante, the artists will take part in several events including painting classes, painting exhibitions into the Zante countryside, round table talks on art issues, friendship tours and may even create special painting for the occasion.

The Municipality of Zakynthos is organizing for the second year in a row the International of Art and Creation Festival which aims to establish international art meetings on an annual basis and use the island as its destination. They will be joined by the noted French painter Giacomo de Pass who will be guest of honour.

Paintings and photographs created during the cultural event will be displayed in the Club Zakynthos and the Casino at St. Mark's Square. Zante entrepreneurs and other sponsors are providing the hospitality, catering and island tours for the artists.

Zante officials hope to strengthen artistic and cultural relations between the countries as well boost the island's reputation as a major cultural centre.

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